Why and how to take care of your feet?

Foot massage.

Don't forget your feet

When you are accustomed to traveling always by car, going on foot can be a new found pleasure.

Wheels may get you there sooner, but for the sheer pleasure of travel, what can beat your feet?—when in good condition.

Only on foot can you fully enjoy the earth.

The beauty of the majestic hills, the fragrance of the delightful forest and the songs of birds are most enjoyed when you are walking.

However, your feet do more than make you self-mobile.

They respond automatically to your senses, and to your inward emotions.

They stamp the floor in anger, leap for joy and pace during anxiety.

Those who are older, and able to get out and walk, give their hearts, lungs and muscles the exercise they need, resulting in increased blood circulation, better appetite and ability to sleep well.

What exhilaration you can experience when you run, dance, skate or even take a casual stroll!

Surely your feet were designed to cooperate with all your other members for the well-being of your entire body.

Should they not be treated as something of great value?

Marvelously valuable

Your estimation of their value will increase when you see your feet from the viewpoint of a foot specialist or even an engineer.

Although simple in structure, they are mighty in strength.

They will probably walk in the vicinity of 75,000 miles in an average lifetime of seventy to eighty years.

To absorb all the shock associated with this, each foot consists of an intricate arrangement of 26 bones and 214 ligaments.

They are all beautifully fitted together to form an arch from the heel to the ball of the foot.

In walking, the heel is the first part to take your weight.

Then your weight follows through the irregularly shaped tarsal or ankle bones, the five long metatarsals or instep bones and on to the fourteen toe bones, which give the thrust forward.

Foot care and proper shoes

Like other important parts of your body, your feet need proper care.

A little attention pays big dividends in better health and happiness; for, as it has often been said, “when your feet hurt, you hurt all over.” 

And this can be true.

Your feet can cause you to become nervous and irritable.

They can give you headaches, make your leg and back muscles ache, cause nausea, ruin your appetite and generally upset your entire body.

These are certainly good reasons for taking good care of them.

Probably the first concern in foot care is the choosing of your shoes. Dr. Simon Wikler, in his book Take Off Your Shoes and Walk, says:

There is now no question in my mind but that the major cause of foot trouble is the type of shoes we wear.”

When choosing shoes, here are a few things to keep in mind: All-leather soles and sides give perspiration a better chance to evaporate. (If perspiration is a problem in hot weather, sandals are helpful.)

Rubber heels are recommended for shoes as they reduce shock.

Fitting is best done toward the end of the afternoon because your feet tend to swell as the day progresses.

Measure both feet, for one is often a little larger than the other, and then fit the longest foot.

Allow for at least a half inch clearance in length so that your toes can move freely.

It is unwise to try to “break in” uncomfortable shoes.

Fashion is no respecter of foot comfort or health, and this is particularly true in women’s footwear.

High heels, narrow and pointed toes are contrary to the structure of the feet, and are important factors in causing women to have four times as much foot trouble as men.

For the sake of the children it is wise not to try to save by buying long-wearing shoes.

They may need new shoes as often as every four to eight weeks when they are two to six years old.

Logically there are numerous health benefits to relaxed walking.

Among these are: it is generally rated the “best” exercise, it is a preventive of heart, circulatory and respiratory disorders and an aid to digestion.

Also, walking is often “an antidote to tensions whether physical, nervous, psychological [or] emotional.”

Yes, “foot power” has definite advantages.

But do not forget your feet also need care.

Something that will help you to relax your feet is foot massage.

The feet are kneaded with a rotary movement of the fingers, using cold cream or olive oil to reduce the friction.

If you are high-strung and tense, the first few seconds of massage will be quite sensorial; but let the massager exert more pressure as you exercise self-control and soon relaxation will ensue.