Treat Your Feet!

Updated: Oct 12, 2018

Treat your feet- foot massage video for healthy feet

Love your feet

Your feet are so so important to you. Look at the size of them in relation to your body. Yet they manage to take all of the body's weight, as well as then propel it, prevent it from falling over and numerous other amazing feats (boom ching!).  In fact they say on average we walk 100,000 miles in a lifetime! They surely deserve to be given some love back for all their hard work? In the video below you'll discover self-massage for your feet that you can easily perform on yourself whilst sat down. This means you have no excuses not to do it! You can easily do it whilst even watching TV.

It's time for us to stop taking them for granted and give them some reward for all their hard work. It'll feel wonderful, but also do your feet the world of good. They spend a lot of their time locked up in shoes where they can hardly move. Your feet have more bones than your spine, but you wouldn't treat your back in this way and expect it to function properly. In fact a quarter of the body's bones are in the feet! I've not even mentioned there are over 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons in them.

Toe workout for healthy feet
Feet aren't mine incase you couldn't tell! Property of Rosie from Do You Om Thing

Your feet are the point of contact with Mother Earth making them arguably the most important part of the body excluding organs. If they are not working correctly this will then cause other problems further up the body. A lot of back pain can be attributed to foot issues that people don't even realise they have. "Working to improve the health of the feet improves the movement potential of the entire body, right from the soles of the feet upward through the legs and all the way up the spine to the head." [1] This is why in nearly every class I teach I will do some form of foot mobility.

Tips for healthy feet

  • Don't wear shoes around the house.

  • Check your shoe size. The Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery found 35% of people underestimate their size.

  • Choose footwear that is as flexible as possible*. This means front to back AND side to side.

  • Perform the self-massage for your feet at least once a week.

  • Get silicone toe separators. They're so cheap there is no excuse!

  • When sat down for long periods take breaks with a little walk.

  • If driving for long periods try to stretch the toes and ankle in the opposite direction. I.E. point your feet and toes.

  • When walking flex the toes in the trailing leg as much as possible. If you'd like to find out more about walking then click here.

Treat your feet. Your entire body will thank you for it!

*I'm a big fan of Vivo barefoot shoes. I bought a pair and my feet grew a size! I wish I was lying as I'm a bit of a trainer collector and it meant none of my shoes fitted anymore!!! But they really do make a difference to your feet.

[1] Black, Madeline, 'Centred', Edinburgh, Handspring Publishing, 2015