An article in the Wall Street Journal challenges an interesting question, “Are your feet healthy?” When people think of staying fit, we often don’t consider the physical health of our feet. Conditions like shoulder, back and neck pain often stem from neglecting the support of our feet, & as time evolves with no care, these issues continue to grow and worsen.

Poor foot ailment is an issue growing with the number of people getting physically active; but oddly enough, shoes lacking proper support also play a part too.

Sole Stressors:

  1. Heels
  2. Distance running
  3. Flimsy shoes
  4. Standing long periods of time

Warning signs of feet trouble: 

  • Pinched nerves
  • Early signs of bunions or hammertoes
  • Ankles cracking lead to signs of joint and calf (tibialis posterior) needs strengthening
  • Feet too tender may have been overworked or weak arches
  • Collapsed arches form from uneven wear on bottom of shoes

Foot ailments usually indicate larger problems and understanding how to label them can be difficult. Pain in your big toe can often lead to gout, a form of arthritis. Sores that don’t heal signal abnormal blood pressure levels, peripheral artery disease, or diabetes. Pinched nerves are often a soreness or burning sensation in the ball of your foot. Bunions and hammertoes are the most common but usually the most painful and present a large, structural issue. Bunions form at the base of the big toe as bony bumps; in contrast to hammertoes, that show an abnormal bend in the middle joint. Both bunions and hammertoes stem from the lack of support from footwear or even genetics.
Tips on keeping feet fit include regular exercises and stretches that strengthen muscles and prevent further common foot pain.

  1. Before getting out of bed, stretch and extend feet. This helps work the Achilles tendon and fascial band to wake up before putting pressure on your feet once out of bed.
  2. To stimulate nerve endings, use a tennis ball and roll foot over it. For strengthening muscles in toes, try picking up marbles or small objects by toes.
  3. Calf muscles is a major muscle in the lower leg. Keeping the calf muscle strong is important and affects the health of your feet.
  4. Wrap a rubber band around toes. Expanding the toes outward helps support the muscles in your feet.

Other preventive steps include:

  • elevating feet while sitting to alleviate the pressure
  • avoid walking barefoot on hard surfaces to exempt any muscle strain or misalignment
  • if vacationing soon, start taking walks at least 1 month prior to trip

All these tips help keeping your feet healthy, and over time reduce any future foot problems
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