Oh, My Aching Feet!
Oct 19, 2014 09:04PM
● By Jennifer Neys
By Tonya Amos
If you wear fabulous footwear, then you are already paying attention to your feet. Whether your style is high-tech running shoes, fashionable stilettos, or laid back thongs, every shoe tells a story about the joints of our feet, ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, neck, and every muscle in between.
Our feet are part of an endless "Catch 22" for the comfort and function of the rest of the body. If our feet (our foundation) are well positioned and well balanced, then their good alignment is reflected all the way up to the top of our heads. And conversely, if there is weakness and imbalance further up in the body (often in "the core," pelvis or legs), this will be represented all the way down to how we place our feet on the ground.
With so many moving parts in the feet, we have plenty of opportunities for our days to be blissful or wish that we didn't have feet at all. Year after year, these moving parts get shoved into rigid shoes without enough support or with strange angles suited to a stilt-walker. All of these scenarios create muscular imbalances and deny our feet healthy alignment and much needed daily exercise. Sooner or later, this causes us to scream "Oh, my aching feet!" The right exercises that not only work the strength, flexibility and balance of the feet, but the muscles in the leg, hips, and pelvis can do wonders for keeping our feet feeling great, as well as improving our overall balance.
Get the right support externally by wearing well-made, supportive footwear and internally by muscular strength and flexibility. Soon your exuberant feet will be singing you praises, as they are off to new and fantastic feeling adventures.