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8 Tips For Healthier Feet

Fashion can cause pain and deformity to your feet. Shoes that have no arch support, are cramped in the toe box, or have a heel that is more than an inch and a half high are all damaging in the long-run. Here are some basic tips for healthier feet:

  1. Go barefoot whenever possible. Walking around without shoes restores natural motion and fresh air reduces fungal growth.
  2. Use your toes to pick up small and/or light weight objects instead of bending over. This develops strength in the arch of the foot.
  3. Walk barefoot the length of a room on tiptoes and then on heels to promote health of the veins.
  4. Keep the Achilles tendon and calves stretched out and limber. This is key to preventing certain heel spurs.
  5. Stand with your bare feet hip distance apart. Press the toes firmly against the floor and hold the pressure for several seconds. This action will build the foot muscles.
  6. Cut toenails straight across. Never cut into the corner as this could cause an ingrown toenail. Gently file away sharp corners or rough edges with an emery board.
  7. Sit down and shake out the legs and feet. Give the soles of your feet a nice massage with soothing oil or lotion.
  8. Grip a towel in your toes while your partner grips the other end. Play tug-of-war.

Resources: OnFitness

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