There are a total of 26 bones in your foot and hundreds of muscles. So it’s safe to say that your feet play a huge role in your everyday health, as well as your workout. So it’s important to take care of them.
You’re Not Wearing The Proper Socks (Or Any At All)
You need to be wearing socks when you are working out. According to Jordan Metzl, M.D., a sports medicine physician at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, “The foot has more sweat glands than any part of the body.” You need to know what kind of socks to wear to protect your feet. You shouldn’t wear cotton socks becauses they tend to trap moisture in, which can often cause blistersinstead. You should wear socks made of a synthetic wicking material. If your feet are still sweaty, try spraying them with antiperspirant before you put your shoes on so you can avoid sweat altogether.
You’re Not Stretching Your Feet
You need to be stretching your feet the same way you stretch the rest of your body after a workout. You should also do foot stretches with your shoes off, at the end of the day. “If you’re spending the greater part of the day with your toes constricted, you’re teaching your foot to be like a shoe,” says McClanahan. To help reverse the damage, you can purchase toe-spacing merchandise to use each day to help return your foot to its natural position. You can even try toe socks.
You Don’t Give Your Heels a Break
Us girls love our heels, but they may be doing damage to more than just our feet. Heels can take our foot out of its natural alignment and force our bodies to lean forward when we walk, which affects your knees, back and hips. If you can’t part with your heels just yet, you can use the time when you’re sitting at your desk to take your shoes off and stretch your feet. There’s another issue with heels: when they are elevated above your forefeet it can makes the tendons on the top of your feet contract and eventually shorten! McClanahan says you can stretch these tendons by sitting in a chair with your knees bent. Bring your foot behind you with the top of your toes touching the ground and the weight on top of them. Then gently try to increase the bending on the top of your foot.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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