Foot Health Awareness
Of all the ways people take care of themselves, protect themselves, even pamper themselves, people's feet are frequently considered as an afterthought. Often the most used and most neglected part of a person's daily routine, foot care is highlighted during May, as World Foot Health Awareness Month.
People of all ages however should keep their feet both healthy and happy on a regular basis.
Chiropractors are experts in musculoskeletal care, including that of the feet. Recovering from a sprain or injury? You may benefit from foot or ankle-centred rehabilitation exercises. If you have issues stemming from an unusual gait, orthotics or insoles may be recommended.
Exercises to keep your feet healthy and strong
Exercise #1: Work out with a tennis ball
While sitting, roll your foot over a tennis ball heal-to-toe, starting in the centre of the foot
Do this for 1-2 minutes every couple of days
This exercise will help all lower limb muscles in your leg, and help improve your properceptive balance while keeping the tennis ball in place under your foot.
Exercise #2: Short foot contractions
Place your foot flat on the floor
Tighten the muscles on the bottom of your foot without curling your toes
Make your foot arch up in the middle
This exercise is more difficult but it will really help to strengthen your feet.
Important foot care tips and reminders:
• Inspect your feet daily for any peculiarities or changes
• Trim toenails straight across, not down into the corners
• Pamper your feet. Always keep them warm, clean and dry
• Keep moving! Keep blood circulation to your feet
• Be aware of your footwear and pick the shoe you need (running shoe for running, cross-training shoe for general activities)
• Inspect your shoes carefully for signs of wear
One important thing to note is that you should only get corrective shoes after seeking medical advice. When buying shoes, you generally want to aim for a neutral shoe. If you are looking to examine your gait to see if a corrective shoe is required, you can contact the [clinic] to set up an appointment.
Last but not least, perhaps the single most important thing you can do for your feet is ensure you are wearing the right size of shoe. Have your feet measured every few years.
This Material is adopted from CMCC .