If you suffer from painful feet and struggle to exercise or just maintain your lifestyle, here are some helpful tips to relieve the pain and creatively strengthen those painful tootsies.
First, our feet are full of joints and muscles. Like any other part of the body, they need care, stretching and strengthening. Neglected, bound up feet create toes that become immovable. Our bodies are meant to be fully functional and when one part gets locked up it affects the rest of our bodies. Begin slowly, but release those feet from your shoes!
Your shoes can be your biggest enemy. While they are there to cushion feet with tender bottoms or lift fallen arches, having feet constantly bound limits the movement in the toes and allows them to stiffen up unnaturally. It also causes you to lose touch with the ground which can lead to trips and falls, especially as our shoes become thicker and thicker.
Consider placing a cushy mat beneath your feet while seated, remove your shoes and exercise your feet on this cushion.
Heels and toes that are never stretched will create all kinds of painful burning in the foot, so stretch them with your shoes off.
Falling arches? Wearing braces or supports won’t strengthen the muscles that keep your arches up, so gently beginning to work the feet with the shoes off for brief periods as your muscles strengthen is great for your feet. Seated exercises like we do in GentleFit is a great solution.