Think of all the time we spend on our feet. We talked about aerobic exercise last week, and without proper foot health, we won’t achieve brain health, and then everything starts to break down. So, you can see how it is all connected and how important each piece of the puzzle is.
You will be on your feet for 75,000 miles by the time you are 50. That’s a lot of miles with a lot more to go. This is why regular foot maintenance is so important and why we need to listen to our feet so problems can be prevented before they start.
Tiptoeing Around Our Feet
People ignore foot pain all the time, and the health of your feet can affect every other part of your body and how it functions. Foot pain, achiness or soreness is not a regular part of life. Think about it, if your feet hurt then you will stop exercising, and you begin that slippery slope of reducing the quality of your life and raising the chances of disease.
The Foot Bone is Connected To…
Your feet have more than 50 bones, which is one-quarter of all the bones in your entire body. There are 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. They are complex, and if one thing in a joint, bone or ligament goes wrong, it can affect the rest of your body.
Almost every activity you do daily adds stress to your feet. Walking, standing, exercising, high heels, flip-flops, shoes with no support, shoes that pinch, shoes that don’t fit or no shoes at all. These things can bring about foot related problems.
Don’t Tiptoe Around Foot Health
In fact, your feet can tell you a lot about what your health with the rest of your body is doing. Joint stiffness could be arthritis, and a tingling or numbness in your feet could be a sign of diabetes. If you have swelling in your feet, it could indicate kidney, heart or high blood pressure issues. Some common conditions that flare up on feet are athletes foot, bunions, and neuromas on the nerves.
When your feet start to tell you they aren’t feeling great try some reflexology or a foot adjustment. Both of these options can help heal what’s happening in your feet, and can also send touch points to the areas of the body that are connected to the feet back to the road of wellness.
Listen to Your Feet
Even though feet are the furthest thing from the heart, which means that if there is a heart issue, they are getting the least amount of blood pumping to them, they can tell us a lot about our body health if we listen to them.
If your feet and toes are suddenly hairless, it could mean they aren’t getting enough blood flow from the heart to sustain hair growth. This could be a sign of a blocked artery.
When you get those awful foot and toe cramps, that means that you are dehydrated and might have some nutritional deficiencies. Here’s a tip to get rid of those arch cramps. Try soaking your feet in warm water and stretch your toes toward your nose.
If you have a sore on your foot that won’t heal, this could be a sign of diabetes or skin cancer. Go and visit a doctor immediately.
If your feet feel like blocks of ice even in socks, you could have an over active thyroid and be suffering from hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism can cause fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, and depression.
If you are a runner or a walker and have heel pain, this could be plantar fasciitis. This is when you have strained the ligament that supports your arch in the foot.
Most foot problems can be healed by medication and then prevention, but what’s important to know is that your feet will tell you when other areas of your body aren’t functioning or healthy. Listen to your feet. Small changes can lead to big shifts, and they can start with staying on your toes about your health.