We usually do not think about our feet until we stub our toe, get an ingrown toenail or experience some sort of discomfort. The function of the feet is fascinating, in my opinion. When you think about it, 26 bones and 33 joints support us in every step we take in our lifetime. The average moderately active person takes around 7,500 steps/day. If you maintain that daily average and live until 80 years of age, you’ll have walked about 216,262,500 steps in your lifetime. Doing the math, the average person with the average stride living until 80 will walk a distance of 177,000 kms. Wowzers!! You would never drive your car that far without getting new tires or a wheel alignment, right?!
Here are 3 easy ways to show some love to your feet:
- Bring fresh blood flow to your feet so your fascia loves you
Rolling your feet on a pinky ball or a tennis ball is king when it comes to foot health. We live on a planet with gravity – this force makes it quite challenging for the blood from our feet and lower legs to make its way back up to our heart. Add on the fact that most of us have very tight calves and this process of reoxygenation of our blood becomes very challenging. Roll out your feet daily for 2 minutes on each foot. Be sure not to skip the sensitive spots – those are the parts that need the most TLC.
2. Fingers in toes
You should be able to fit your fingers between your toes. Now many people cannot do this and it is a huge indication that those 26 bones and 33 joints are not functioning like they should be. Once you have your fingers (somewhat) between your toes, place the other hand in the arch of that foot and then as if you are ringing out a facecloth, move your hands in opposite directions (will look like you are ringing out your foot). Then like you are revving up a motor bike, move your toes with your hand toward the ceiling then toward the floor. Finally, take the fingers between your toes and make circular motions with your toes. Do each of the 3 parts about 30-60 seconds each.
3. Alignment Socks
Alignment socks are so great for helping to literally realign your toes. I have been wearing mine for almost 2 years and I wish I had taken a pic of my toes when I started to now. Huge difference. We carry Alignment socks in our retail shop at Lead.
Lastly, is some info on minimalist shoes to keep those feet moving. Movement expert, Katy Bowman, offers up this list of her favourites: https://www.nutritiousmovement.com/shoes-the-list/.
If you do experience knee, hip, low back issues, plantar fasciitis, bunion pain – my team at Lead can help. Classes like Restorative Pilates and Block Therapy are amazing for foot health. With so many bones and joints in your foot Dr. Rikki can help to ensure all those bones and joints are functioning like they should, Nicole can help from a soft tissue and repatterning perspective, our massage team is amazing at releasing tight muscles and fascia and Dr. Willow does acupuncture which can make a huge impact. Not sure where to start … book a consult with us and we can steer you in the right direction!