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Foot Health

Your feet are comprised of 26 bones that are have 33 joints that can all lead to tired and aching feet. Many diseases attack the feet ranging from fungus, diabetes and poor circulation due to heart disease. It is time to take charge and protect your feet, if not you are likely to join the other 70% of Americans that have suffered unnecessarily from painful foot problems. The health of your feet serves as a barometer of your body’s overall health, so how healthy are you?

It was Socrates the Greek philosopher that pronounced that “When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.” For those that have suffered from a pain in the foot you know how true that statement is. Just like the foundation of your home, if your feet are not strong or structurally aligned the rest of your body will shift accordingly.

Your feet have 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 150 ligaments that provide you the ability to stay mobile. These structures house a complex web of nerves and blood vessels that nourish and control the health of your feet. In order to get the maximum mileage out of your feet it is time to take charge of your foot health. After all remember that the average person will walk some 115,000 miles, that’s over four times around the world, in a lifetime.

Our feet support a lot of weight and over the years as you age your feet will begin to lose its cushioning. They will begin to widen and lengthen with age. Proper blood circulation to your feet is very important. Thousands of Americans have their toes and feet amputated largely due to poor circulation and the complications of heart disease and diabetes that compromise microcirculation that diminishes oxygen and nutrient delivery to your feet.

Warning signs that you need to speed up your efforts to protect your feet include:

  • Dull cramping in your calf muscles when walking
  • Numbness and/or tingling of your foot or toes
  • Change in the color of your skin on your feet and toes (pale, bluish or reddish)
  • Cold feet and a change in skin temperature
  • Skin infection and sores that don’t heal well
  • Hair loss or decreased hair on your shins

Note: Having just one of these symptoms should alert you to seeking medical assistance, so don’t wait until you have the whole list. Visit your doctor immediately to get a good diagnosis and then focus on improving your diet, lifestyle and supplement regime.

Clinically, people that pursue foot health by working to increase their overall cardiovascular and nervous system health will see vast improvements in their overall health.

You may also want to incorporate stretches and exercises to help improve the health of your feet. There are some very simple moves you can do within a few minutes. Such as; while sitting in a chair lift your feet slightly off the ground and rotate slowly in both directions, and while standing raise yourself onto your toes and then back down again.

More Helpful tips:

  • When it’s convenient, walk without shoes or socks on your feet. It is not good to constantly make your feet conform to a rigid shoe. Let your feet out to breathe and regain their flexibility.
  • Practice proper foot hygiene; trim your toenails use a pumice stone to minimize calluses, keep them properly hydrated with lotion or oil, and increase circulation by massaging them.
  • Avoid jumping out of bed first thing in the morning, slowly lower your feet to the floor to avoid shocking your system.
  • Pay attention to how you walk, proper foot placement and gate can prevent future problems; heel first, roll to the outside of the mid-foot, then push off with the ball of your foot.

A small investment in your feet can pay big dividends. It is the time to freely give your feet the attention they deserve before they begin screaming for the attention. Put yourself in their shoes, they endure the cumulative force of several hundred tons each day in an effort to keep you moving.

Summary

Remember your feet are the barometer of your overall health, the same nerves and blood vessels that may be beginning to complain or are now hollering for some TLC (tender loving care) are literally just the tip of the iceberg. And if you are one of the fortunate 30% of Americans that have yet to suffer from foot symptoms it is time to take the first step to maintaining wellness before you are playing the catch up game of trying to regain the wellness you once enjoyed.

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