You might have found the “Dem Song” song silly, but it definitely taught you that all bones in the human’s body are interconnected. So, when we feel pain in one area, we soon feel on other as well. For example, pain in the foot can hurt all the way up the leg. The reason is as we said, everything in our body is interconnected, and especially in the feet.
There’s a list of more than 25 causes of foot pain. Some of them are bunions, arthritis, corns, overlapping toes, heel spurs, ingrown toenails, and athlete’s foot, and all of them can cause certain discomfort.
Our feet are connected to so many things. According to Chinese reflexology, feet are the source of our overall health, so there are many detox footbaths driven by the thought that the best place to draw toxins out of our body is the feet.
SOLUTIONS FOR FOOT PAIN
Foot stretches are probably the easiest method to reduce your foot pain. They are very simple and require not more than 5 minutes, so you can do them while eating your breakfast.
- THE TOE RAISE
Raise your toes up. Some people can find this hard to do. Stand on your feet and raise all toes upwards. You should lift your pinky toe in the same height and the same way as your big toe. Repeat this 5 times with both feet.
- TOE LIFTS
Raise all toes upwards as in the Toe Raise stretch, and then lower your big toe, while the others are still lifted. This stretch can be hard for someone, so if you can’t do it, lower your pinky toe instead of the big toe. Do this stretch 5 times with each foot.
3. ROCK OUT
Stand up, and shift your weight to the outer parts of your feet. Then, shift your weight to the inner parts of the feet. Repeat this stretch 10 times for each side.
4. ANKLE STRETCH
Loop a stretchy exercise ball around a table or a chair leg. Hook one of your feet through it so that the ball of the foot is supported on the band. After that, press your toes towards the floor and you will be able to feel the stretch. Do this stretch 15 times.
5. TENNIS BALL RUB
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With a gentle pressure, roll a tennis ball under your foot. Do this with each foot. Once you are done, lean your foot upwards, and then stretch your toes downwards.
6. TOES AND FINGERS
Sit down with stretched legs and toes pointed at the ceiling. Bend forward and try to touch your toes with your fingers, then slowly pull them back. This can be hard for someone, so those can try with one foot at a time, and be patient.
OTHER FOOT TIPS
The following tips can help restore health, balance, and strength to your feet and legs.
- Yoga. Since yoga requires balanced feet, you will learn to control them, and restore the balance of your physical and mental state.
- Walk barefoot. There are many benefits of walking barefoot outside or earthing. The feet are formed to be flexible and stable even on uneven surfaces, which is why we have toes. Walk barefoot in your backyard, or if you don’t have one, get shoes with separate toes. They are a bit silly but can be very beneficial for your feet.
- Epsom Salt. Soak your feet in Epsom salt to detoxify them, and to increase your intake of magnesium.
- Wear Proper Footwear.Many women choose cute and uncomfortable shoes over ordinary comfortable ones. But this is very wrong, and we recommend getting rid of your high heels and completely avoiding constricting your toes. Always go with the shoes that suit your foot width. Moreover, avoid flip-flops, and choose leather or mesh shoes which breath and which have good arch support.
- Visit a specialist. If the pain in your foot/feet don’t disappear, visit a doctor. You can also get a custom orthotics to make you feel as your feet walk on clouds.