Your feet are quite literally the foundation of your fitness program. There are 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Everyday they perform some combination of standing, walking, running, hopping, skipping, and jumping; all made practically impossible without a healthy pair of 7's, 9's, or whatever shoe size you wear.
So. When was the last time you paid attention to your feet beyond a glam pedicure? Are your arches healthy? Do you over-pronate? Are you susceptible to knee pain and/or shin splints due to improper foot placement?
April is National Foot Health Month. Here are 5 quick ways to give your base some support.
1. Learn how to "read" your footprints. Know what type of support you need when choosing footwear.
2. Get new athletic shoes. Exercising in worn out shoes can cause injury not only to your feet, but also your knees and hips due to misalignment issues as well as decreased support.
3. Wear shoes that fit. Whether out of necessity or vanity, we've all suffered through wearing ill fitting shoes. In the end, it's not worth it, however. If they don't feel good right away, toss them.
4. Identify and seek treatment for toe injuries, and foot pain.
5. Get a glam pedicure. Ok, so it IS spring time and I'm sure you deserve it. Pedicures are a relatively low-cost treat while taking care of the necessary toenail trimming and foot sloughing.
Stay tuned for more on caring for your feet.