4 Tips for Healthy Feet

Today, June 1st, is National Go Barefoot Day and the timing is perfect. With the warm weather, you can enjoy the feel of fresh grass beneath your feet or water from a local stream running between your toes. This summer invest in the health of your feet. Listed below are four feet pampering tips for you to try this summer.

4 Foot Care Tips for National Go Barefoot Day
  • Stretch your feet. Start your morning off right with proper exercises for your feet. Heel stretches, arch massages, ankle rolls, and toe stretches are great ways to keep your feet in tiptop shape. You can find instructions for six foot stretches here. You can also try yoga poses for your feet. Descriptions and pictures are listed here.
  • Wear supportive shoes. There are real dangers in wearing the wrong kind of shoes. For instance, although you may like the look of high heels, experts have said that these shoes put the foot “at an angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment.” Over time high heels can lead to back, neck, and shoulder pain. In short, a healthy foot is one that is properly supported with cushioned or orthopedic shoes.
  • Have regular footbaths. Do your feet hurt after a long day of work? Time to practice regular foot care by soaking your feet in warm water could be the solution. The warm water can “decrease swelling and inflammation and increase circulation.” This summer, try to have a weekly 20-minute soak for your feet. You can even make it a special occasion with this soothing DIY foot bath recipe from Scratchy Mommy—it includes dried chamomile, dried lavender, dried calendula, lavender essential oil, sea salt, Epsom salt, and coconut oil.
  • Eat your way to better foot health. By changing your diet you can help fortify the health of your feet. A magnesium deficiency can lead to foot cramps. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis and one of the first places it affects is the feet. So, it’s important to eat foods high in magnesium, calcium, and vitamin D (the vitamin D will help the body absorb the calcium). This summer, try eating kale, pecans, wild salmon, spinach, and dairy products.