Improving your overall health can be as simple as taking care of your feet! What most people aren’t aware of is that often times problems that occur in your feet can create problems in your knees, hips and spine. This will leave not only your feet in pain, but the rest of your body as well. It’s important to take great care of your feet because if they are operating at their full potential, the rest of your body won’t be functioning properly either.
To keep your feet and the rest of your body feeling great, Dr. Harvey Danciger recommends these exercises and treatments that will leave you feeling happy and healthy. Exercises and treatments include:
- Exercise your feet to strengthen muscles and stretch ligaments. To achieve this, sit barefoot and spread your toes apart as wide as you can and then scrunch them back in. Repeat this 10 times. Next, make circles with your ankles, 10 in each direction. These foot exercises will help align your body and prevent back pain from occurring.
- Freshen up your feet. Thoroughly cleaning your feet can easily be ignored altogether during a rushed shower. However, skipping out on scrubbing your feet for a deep clean can allow dead skin cells to build up, which can produce breeding grounds fornail fungus, infections and warts. To prevent this from happening, take the time in the shower to take a nailbrush and soap to your toenails.
- Reconsider your shoe choice. As you grow older, soft tissues that support your foot arch lose their resiliency. Wearing high heels or thin-soled shoes can add to arch damage and create foot pain. Instead, stick to wearing low wedged heels that will help distribute your weight more and reduce pressure on the balls of your feet and heels.
- Give your feet time to relax. After a long day spent on your feet, they and you need some R and R time to recuperate. To relax your tired foot muscles, fill a basin with warm water and add Epsom salts to it. The salt works to soothe muscles and also can be used as an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and pain. Soak your feet for 20 to 30 minutes.
Treat your feet with the proper care they deserve and the rest of your body will feel better as well! For more foot care tips, contact our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Danciger.