This week I’m coming back with part 2 of a series of healthy feet blog posts.
In my last blog post, I explained why it’s important to give your feet a break from shoes and socks by freeing them at home. And what slippers to keep away from.
(Thank you for all your comments and questions!)
My intention with these healthy feet series of blog posts is to equip you with enough information to keep your feet healthy so that they can do their job well and prevent many health issues.
The most important thing for you to understand is that your knees, pelvis, and spine depend on your feet and their (the feet) ability to function as nature intended.
And remember good posture starts with the feet.
Feet, including the toes, that have little or no mobility (remember the foot, alone has 33 joints, 26 bones, 100+ muscles/ligaments and houses nerves, too!) won’t be able to function efficiently and nothing above will, either.
Hence (in a lot of cases) pain in the knees, pelvis, and back.
Many moons ago, when there were no shoes (or just a thin sandals/boots) and we were walking on soil, rough terrain and climbing trees to survive, there was no need to pay special attention to the feet.
They were, organically, getting all the articulation and movement they needed to keep them strong, mobile and flexible.
Nowadays it’s a different story!
Feet are subjected to tight-fitting shoes, high-heels, walking on flat and concrete terrain, day in, day out. All of which compromises the health of the feet – and it isn’t good news for the rest of the body, either.
To have healthy feet we need, first of all, to house them well ie the shoes we wear daily.
Let me clarify something here first.
I’m not talking about the pretty, fancy shoes we wear to go to special events/parties.
Enjoy those. I do, too!
This is about the shoes we choose to wear as we go about life.
The ones we wear to go to the bus stop, in the office, to go shopping, to carry children and so on.
Going about life wearing tight-fitting or high-heeled shoes it is bound to bring you problems (I have mentioned them before).
Feet and toes need space to spread and articulate in order to support you correctly and prevent the development of misaligned patterns in the body.
The broader the feet (and toes), the more stable you will be – just like the tripod effect I explained in the previous blog post.
But it isn’t all about balance. It is also the generation of power and traction that is important eg for walking.
Feet also need to be challenged by walking on rough/uneven terrain to stimulate blood circulation and keep them flexible – like walking (mindfully) over stones or rocks.
That does wonders for your balance, too!
So, this week I’m bringing to you a list (your foot-diet) of things to do to keep your feet beautiful and healthy so that they can do the wonderful job they are designed to do.
In order of importance:
Next week I’m going to talk about those manicure separators and how they can help you to keep your feet healthy…
In case you want to know more about how to care for your feet I can recommend two books for you, see below.
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