By Cyril Almond
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Take care of your feet they are attached to you.
I have a passion about feet, I worked on them for many years. And I enjoyed
every minute of it. What! I hear you say, you enjoyed smelly feet?. I have to tell
that there were not that many that you could truly say no to.
I have worked on tramps feet, those that are homeless. Some of them HIV with no
problems. I was also surprised at the backgrounds that some of them came from.
There were some professionals that you would not have thought would have ended
up like that. Life can be a roller coaster for some people.
When you see and hear this it makes you realize how fortunate some of us are.
Anyway enough about me, let us talk about feet. First thing that is apparent is
they are in the out of sight out of mind realm. That we often take for granted
until they start hurting in some area. It is often said that you are what your feet
are like. That may seem to be a very random thought. Until your feet start to
talk to you. And yes they do when they are hurting!.
Particularly if you are young, when everybody is wearing the latest fashion in footwear. Yes I know it is nice to be with the up to date crowd. But if you find that your feet are hurting, then you need to find out why. Could it be the latest footwear that you have? If that is the case then you need to take some prompt action.
Are they too narrow at the toe end and are they broad enough, also what is the heel like. If you are a woman that likes the higher heel then go for a Cuban heel, or maybe a wedge type of footwear. You see when you have heels that are higher than the normal, you are then throwing weight on the metatarsal heads. That is the bones that connect to your toes, that will mean you are putting weight on your toes and that means that eventually they will spread.
You should have footwear that is good fitting for your feet, nice and comfortable, so that at the end of the day your feet do not hurt.
Ever had Leggo? I am sure your children had anyway, then you will remember that when you or they went to build a tower or the like. Then the base had to be right otherwise it would come tumbling down. The same applies to your spine, if your footwear is not right then you will be out of balance. Or if there is something wrong with your feet the same thing happens.
This could be something minor like a recurring corn or hard skin somewhere. This means that your feet are trying to tell you something. Yes they may not have a voice but they will let you know if something is wrong. To ignore just a minor thing could lead to something larger. Think I am an alarmist ?, not really the years I worked on feet showed me a few things and I have been able to help a few people. You see our bodies where wonderfully made and the spine is a miraculous piece of work. If it is well looked after it will give us a pain free back and legs as well. Oh yes! And the neck comes into this as well. Watch the young ones as they twist and turn, as we get older we lose some of that mobility.
But if the feet are right then we can retain a good bit of the suppleness that the young have. Age does not have to be a time of depression as we age, it is often a time of life when we are free of the worlds holds on us. Like bringing up children and working. Time for a bit of me time and enjoy it, why not you have earned it!.
This is often a time when hobbies that we used to have are revisited. Or new ones that we have often wanted to do, we then have the time for.
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