Ask any astrologist and they will tell you the Pisces notoriously suffer from painful feet. Sure enough … I’m a Pisces. But I don’t attribute the issues I have had with my feet to my star sign. Instead, I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the way I spent several decades walking in ill-fitting shoes from Payless.
Each human foot is comprised of 26 bones, over 100 muscles, and numerous ligaments and tendons. If your feet are sore, that indicates a problem with how your foot is interacting with internal and/or external factors. As soon as your feet become sore, you may unintentionally change the way you walk or use your feet, and this may possibly lead to bunions, plantar fasciitis, and hammertoes. Although severe foot problems should be treated by a doctor, there are stretches and treatments that can help foot pain and change habits so that it does not become a severe problem.
When we run with regular sneakers or running shoes, our heel tends to strike the ground first. This is particularly true with the numerous “athletic” shoes that have thick and heavy heels. When the heel hits the ground, it acts like a hammer to the heel. This impact travels up to the knees and hips. This is one reason why some people get knee or hip pain when they go running!
How can we alleviate foot pain?
• Align your feet. Stand with your feet facing forward and use a straight surface like the edge of a rug, a wall, or a yoga mat to align one foot and then the other so that the feet are facing straight forward. This may feel uncomfortable at first but will ultimately improve your posture to the point you no longer think about it.
• Walk barefoot with good alignment. Schedule some time at home to walk around barefoot. This can increase foot dexterity and stretch the muscles.
• Do toe stretches. Stand up and step forward with your right foot and transfer weight to your right foot. Curl your left toes under so that the tops of the toes touch the floor. Lean forward slightly until you feel a stretch on the top of your feet. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat the stretch 2 to 3 times on each side.
• Use your hands to stretch your toes/feet. Sit down and put your right leg on top of your left thigh. Place the fingers of your left hand between the toes on your right foot. This helps to widen your toes and stretch them. Do this stretch for 1 to 5 minutes, and then repeat it on the opposite side. If you happen to have an awesome wife, you might even be able to get her to do it for you!
• Implement the RICE method. Treat foot soreness with the Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) method if your foot pain is severe. Place an ice pack or a bag of ice wrapped in a towel on the most painful parts of your feet and wrap them with a bandage or towel. Elevate your feet so that they are above your heart in order to reduce inflammation.
Evaluate your shoe choices. High heels and shoes with little or no arch support may be the reason your feet are hurting. Invest in a few pairs of shoes that are designed to cushion your foot bed and alleviate pain. If you have shoes that cause you discomfort, chunk ‘em.
Choose shoes with a negative heel. These shoes place the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot and take pressure off the ball of the foot. They can also stretch the calf muscles. This can help alleviate pain especially for people who have intense pain in the front or ball of the foot.
Always stretch your feet. Many people do not address the muscles in their feet when they stretch. Develop a routine to help alleviate day to day pain.
Foot pain can almost feel crippling. Do not let this set-back keep you from achieving your goals. Instead, use these Powerful ‘Potamus tips to soothe the feet so you can get back on them and get back on your mat.