Foot Care

Heels. Horrible invention. They make your legs look pretty, but they wreak havoc on your body. Here is a list of things I do to try to keep my feet happy as I torture them. 

Stretch them out!

The first thing I do after coming off of my heels besides breathe a big sigh of relief is stretch out my feet and legs. The tendons and ligaments have just been held in a contracted position for hours. Stretching them in the opposite directions helps relieve the tension.

 Roll out my feet

I have several devices I use to help roll out my feet. One is a flat cylinder, the other is a spiky ball. I step on them and roll them over the bottom of my feet. They help get into all the tiny muscles in my feet. 

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Wear sneakers or flat shoes all of the time except dance 

I live in sneakers 95% of the time unless I am in flat boots or flat sandals. It is so so so rare for me to be in heels when I am not dancing (like 1-2x a year rare). I don’t have many pairs of shoes, but the few that I do have are expensive but fit perfectly. Except for my sneakers that I cycle through pretty quickly and buy at an outlet. No need to break the bank on those.1C973531-26DE-44D8-BA51-DCE014FF119F.JPG

Ice bath

I don’t do this often enough, but ice helps combat inflammation. Back in the ballet days when I was on pointe and my feet were constantly bleeding from the shoes I iced my feet more. 

Heating pad 

I keep a mini heating pad near my bed. Beyond immediate inflammation from the activity, ice won’t help. On days that I dance a lot, I heat the stressed areas like my feet, ankles, and back.

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Slippers while I’m home 

I am a little princess that needs her feet cushioned at all times. I have fantastic fluffy slippers that keep my feet warm on top of wood/ stone floors. Also they help the general cushioning of my joints. I bring them with me when I travel. I hate having cold feet. 

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Pedicures please 

My feet are on display so I try to maintain neat feet at all times. However, pedicures are expensive and so I bought my usual red nail polish so I can fix chips (which happen very very quickly).

Be careful about calluses 

My feet callouses are hard earned. Usually they are protecting me from a particular part of my shoe. I try not to scrub my feet into baby softeness to maintain any protective callousing. 

Walking on the earth

I don’t walk barefoot nearly enough. It is so wonderful for your body, and may actually relieve pain. I went vegetable picking with my family and my ankle was in a lot of pain trying to stabilize me over the uneven ground. I simply took off my shoes and instantly the pain was gone. Shoes are a relatively new invention in human history, so do yourself a favor- head to a park and feel the grass. IMG_5117.jpg

In short:
-stretch
-roll out my feet
-wear sneakers or flat shoes all of the time except dance
-ice bath
-heating pad on my bed
-slippers while I’m home
-pedicures please
-be careful about calluses
-walking on the earth

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