As a former ballet dancer, I know from healthy feet. At 42, I haven’t been on my toes for 7 years now. I suddenly felt an urge to put on my old pointe shoes. Warning: Don’t do this. My feet are too soft and happy to be stuffed into a too small shoe made stiff from paste and glue. But it got me to thinking: I feel better when my feet are happy.Your feet do more than hold you up every day. They are barometers of what’s going on inside your body. Diabetics often are diagnosed after having sores on their feet that don’t heal.
Blisters and bunions tell us that our shoes are too tight and ill fitting. Purple toes.well they can be indicative of poor circulation or a condition known as Pernio, or Chilblains, which I have. Yes, dead man’s toes in the cold months. Beautifully pink toes the rest of the year.How can we keep our feet healthy. First of all, look at them. Study your foot every day. Are you noticing changes in color, texture, or sensation. Any serious changes should probably be referred first to a podiatrist. They will determine if you need to see other specialists.
How do your toes feel. Tingly. Stiff. Rough around the edges. Again, see your podiatrist if you fear any real issues, but most issues can be dealt with on your own. A little buffing and moisturizer, and maybe a good euphoric feet, can be just the things to keep your feet refreshed.It’s important that we keep our feet mobile and strong especially as we age. Wehave often heard older people complain of foot pain. Well, our feet put up with a lot of abuse! Multiply that by 80 years and your feet will hurt too.
Exercises for the foot are simple and can be done at home without professional guidance. Try this for foot mobility, strength and some foot pain relief:Finding a proper fitting shoe can be a challenge that most of us go through all our lives, starting from childhood on into and throughout adulthood. Seniors in particular find it difficult to find a shoe that is comfortable and easy to walk in without some degree of discomfort. A cheap shoe is just that. When the materials used are of inferior quality and is poorly constructed, and most importantly not designed to fit properly, you have the potential for soreness and pain in the feet. The shoes will be prone to breakdown even under regular daily wear and especially so when given hard usage.