In our lifetime we walk over 115,000 miles, that’s an average of 10,000 steps a day. To put it in perspective that’s like walking 4 times round the earth. It’s not a surprise then that our feet ache occasionally, in fact it’s a wonder they don’t hurt all the time. With each foot comprising of 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles and ligaments, there’s a lot that can go wrong, especially when you consider how we treat or don’t treat our feet every day.
- So what can you do to help your poor overworked, mistreated tootsies?
- Visit your reflexology practitioner at least once a month to keep your feet, mind and body in optimal health.
- Selecting shoes or boots in a wider fitting with a supportive sole and heels less than 2 inches will help provide relief for foot pain.
- Give your feet a break! Try walking barefoot as much as possible, especially outside*, on the grass, on sand, on rocks and yes even around the house! *This will also give you the added benefits of grounding (connecting with the earths natural energy).
Did you know there’s an exercise for your feet?
While sitting down, roll a tennis ball under the ball of your foot. Roll the ball slowly back and forth, making sure you pay particular attention tight areas. Finally, how about a nice foot soak!
Apple Cider Vinegar Foot Soak
This foot soak is great for dry, cracked feet!
Ingredients: I cup of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 cup of Baking Soda or Epsom Salts
5 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil (optional)
5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
Fill a basin with warm water and add the ingredients. Soak feet for ten-fifteen minutes, pat dry.
* Apple cider vinegar works to soften the feet and also helps kill bacteria.
Try these few simple steps – your feet will thank you for it!