Your toe bone’s connected to your heel bone, your heel bone’s connected to your leg bone, your leg bone’s connected to your thigh bone… the old famous song. It’s such a silly song, but it did teach you one really important thing: all our bones are connected to one another.
That is why, when one thing hurts, all the other parts hurt too. Actually, when a pain starts in your foot, it hurts all the way up your leg. Everything is connected.
There are so many things which can cause foot pain. Some of them are: arthritis, bunions, athlete’s foot, overlapping toes, corns, ingrown toenails and heel spurs.
According to the Chinese reflexology, there is a belief that your feet are the source of your health. Your feet are the best place to draw toxins out through.
Foot Pain Solutions
The best solution for your foot pain are foot stretches. They are easy to perform and take about 5 minutes of your time. The best part is that you can even do them while you eat breakfast.
The Toe Raise
Lift your toes. It sounds easy enough but you can’t imagine how difficult it is for some people. Come on, give it a try. Stand on your feet and lift all of your toes upward. Your pinky toe should rise the same way and the same height as your big toe. Do 5 reps with each foot.
While your toes are raised lower your big toe only and keep those other ones up. This stretch can be a bit tricky at first, but you’ll get the hang of it soon. If you can’t press your big toe down, try pressing just your pinky toe down instead. Repeat 5 times for each toe on both feet.
Standing, rock your weight to the outside of your foot, lifting your weight off the inside of your foot. Then rock inward until your weight is resting on the inside of your foot. Perform the exercise for both feet at the same time and do 10 reps.
For this stretch you’ll need a stretchy exercise ball. Tie it around a chair leg or table and hook your foot through it, so the ball of your foot rests against the band. Then press your toes toward to the ground – you’ll feel the stretch. Do 15 reps.
Tennis Ball Rub
Maybe you know this one, it’s recommended by doctors often for foot problems. Take a tennis ball, step onto it and just roll it under your feet, applying gentle pressure. Do this with both feet. When you’re done, tilt your foot so your toes point toward your knee. Then stretch out your toes so they point directly down.
Toes and Fingers
Sit down on the ground and position your legs in front of you, with your toes pointing up. Lean forward and lace your fingers with your toes, then pull gently back. It could be difficult at first, so try doing it with one foot at a time at first if you can’t do both in the same time.
It may seem like you’ll never get the hang of it at the beginning but don’t worry, they are difficult at the beginning but with time, as your foot elasticity increases they’ll become easier.