Every day we use our feet to get around from one place to another. They take the weight of our body as we get out of bed and walk to the bathroom for our morning routine. They proceed to keep us “on our feet” so to speak as we get ready for our day. Our feet don’t ask much of us, they usually just go along for the ride no matter where we choose to take them. All day long they support us in countless ways.
Our feet are amazing and we rarely give them the attention they deserve. Each of our feet has 26 bones that are intricately designed and structured to do astounding things with or without any attention from us. With over thirty joints, close to 100 ligaments, muscles and tendons and a myriad of nerves and blood vessels linked throughout the rest of our body, the feet are a significant component of our bodies. They are important for our overall health and well-being.
Our feet are our first contact with the elements: rain, snow or shine and magically adjust as required to the various terrains we take them on. Feet actually like having the challenge of a rough, rocky surface giving them a chance to use all the bones, the joints, the muscles and ligaments of the foot. By working them in unusual ways we are able to keep the bones and joints fresh and in working order. Rolling and massaging our feet over a tennis or other ball gives our feet the workout they like at the same time as sending nice ripples of vigor and vitality up through our bodies.
Our feet provide us stability as we move from one place to another, balancing us as we get up from a chair, sit down or just adjust our position. Standing waiting for a bus or for a seat in our favourite restaurant or standing anywhere at all is dependent on the sturdy foundation provided by our feet.
Our feet are critical for movement: strolling, walking; running; dancing; skiing; snowshoeing; and so on. The magical design and structure of our feet propel us forward and backwards if we choose and make us capable of “stopping on a dime” if need be. Even if we choose to ride rather than walk our feet play a role. Feet move the pedals of our bicycles to allow us to move forward and are critical in the driving of a vehicle.
As we grow from being a small child to an adult our feet adapt to our change in size. As we sometimes grow bigger or heavier as an adult once again our feet take the load often with none or little complaint.
Each foot has five toes which like to wiggle and move. Sometimes we go barefoot and our feet like that but for the most part we stuff our fabulous feet into shoes. Shoes that may or may not allow our feet to move or our toes to wiggle.
We may pamper our feet once in a while with a pedicure and even get our toenails painted. Mainly we just ignore our feet until they send us a friendly reminder that they exist with a blister, a corn or a bunion. Paying attention to our feet can help us maintain our health and also can give us information about how the rest of our body is functioning.
As I have already said, they are amazing and we rarely give them the attention they deserve.
Ask yourself when was the last time you hugged your feet, or gave them a much deserved massage? Have you ever given your feet a nice friendly roll over a tennis or other ball? How often do you think about your feet as you make your way through your day? Have you ever asked your feet if they the like the shoes you have chosen to wear?
Irene McDermott © 2012