Yep. Let’s kick off the shoes and relax the socks. We are gonna get into why your posture, performance and overall quality of life will significantly improve with the simple task of taking care of your feet.
Why? Well, your feet hold a kazillion interconnected little muscles that serve to keep the rest of your body, most notably you posterior chain all in line.
That’s right. If you’re suffering from a sore back, it very well could be rooted in your plantar. The spiral of your hip starts at the hip and winds it’s way down through the knee and into the ankle. So oftentimes, Problems that exist in one joint transfers up into the other joints on the spiral. It’s generally the result of a compensation pattern that develops when something isn’t working as efficiently as it should be. Ie: your feet.
Now, don’t get me wrong – compensation patterns aren’t the problem. They’re okay. The body is intended to survive in its environment without a medical team on call. However, it becomes a problem when that compensation pattern wears the body down to the point of mechanical break down.
Here are my top three pro tips to take care of them footsies!
1. Golf ball in the shower technique
Keep a golf ball in your shower and roll your feet on it each time you’re in there. Part of the biggest problem is we only tend to ourselves when there’s an issue like plantar fasciitis – so this acts as a preemptive strike against poor foot health.
2. Streeeeeeeetch yo feet!
Seriously, your feet will appreciate it. And if upon starting your feet start to cramp, you should do this more.
Step 1: Kneel down, toes curled under your feet so that you stretch the sole of your feet as you slowly try to get your butt back to your heels.
Step 2: Try not to cry. You got this.
Step 3: Take a breather and relax. Then repeat.
3. Book a foot massage
Treat yo self!
Go get some spa treatment. Massaging that fascial tissue is super important to help alleviate future problems. Here are a couple of fun facts about massage for your reading pleasure: Fun facts about massage
K. Sweet. Take care of your feet, yo.
Alleviate all those other problems. Got to the root. Get to the soul – rather sole, of it all.