Our 👣 are the most used, and probably the least taken care of part of the body. Our 👣 and its arches are the foundation that our entire body relies on. They are designed to provide us with flexibility, absorb shock, distribute the weight of the body, and help us adapt to our environment when 🚶, 🏃 and climbing. They allow us to move where we want to go and ground and balance us when we stand. And yet we neglect them. ☹️ Poorly fitted and old worn out shoes, 👠, and jobs that require more time seated than standing are the culprit with poor 👣 health. It may possibly be the initiating factor to aches and pains in the knee, hip and lower back.
Like any part of the body, our 👣 need exercise too. 💪Strong foot muscles help hold the bones of the 👣 and ankles in alignment and help in maintaining our arches. If the muscles aren’t working properly to hold this alignment, there's a pretty good chance that nothing stacked above is aligned correctly either.
A lot 👟 and orthotics are now designed to do the work. While the extra support can be a benefit and a saving grace from pain...we may be relying on them too much and forgetting that we already have the proper equipment. While you still have your 👣, train them and use them. They are the best pair of 👟 you'll ever have! Relying on orthotics and 👟 is like putting on a strap-on. 😱Why use something when you've already got the goods?
Here are 2️⃣ very simple exercises you can do on a daily to get your 👣 strong and working for you:
1️⃣ Place a towel flat on the floor and use your foot to bring the towel towards you.
2️⃣ Drop pens, pencils, marbles or whatever you have at home and pick them up using your foot and toes and place them in a bucket.
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