Your feet take a beating day after day, sometimes with little rest or relaxation. Wouldn’t it be nice to give them a well-deserved break? Depending on your job or lifestyle, continued walking and standing force constant pressure onto the feet, especially if your footwear inadequately provides proper support. Painful complications may result from continuous foot mistreatment, at which time you should call your podiatry experts at Academy Foot and Ankle. Try a few of these helpful relaxation techniques you can do almost anywhere to relieve stress.
Foot Relaxation: Pretend your foot muscles are cramping and shake them about. Stop and wiggle your toes on one foot first and the other second. Focus on relaxing the muscles and loosening the joints.
Toe Pickup: With your shoes off, attempt to lift a small object such as a pen or small ball off of the ground with your toes.
Pedal to the floor: Press one foot on the floor in front of you, drive the foot down as if you were pushing down on a vehicle’s accelerator. Avoid using too much force or it may cause strain.
Roller Therapy: With your shoes off, place a rolling object such as a bottle, baseball, or baseball bat underneath a foot. Gently roll the object and your foot back and forth easing slowly into any tension.
The ABCs: With your shoes off, write the shapes of the alphabet on the floor in front of you.
Dancer’s Foot: Lift your legs parallel to the floor while sitting. Point your toes straight out in front of you just like a ballerina on their point shoes. Hold this position for 15 seconds and then relax, bringing your foot up and toes pointing toward the ceiling.
It’s always best to care for sore feet now rather than later. If possible, find ways to incorporate these routines into your time at home, the office, and when you’re in front of the computer. Consistently apply the methods for best results. After all, healthy feet treat their owners well.
King, Michael, http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/hygiene-tips/how-to-care-for-your-feet1.htm