Foot Problems: Five Quick Moves To Relieve Them – And When Should I Replace My Athletic Shoes?

Feet are under a lot of stress all day long. We don’t think about it that much, only when foot problems turn out to hinder us in our daily activities. Here are five easy moves to work out feet and toes at the end of the day. It is recommended that you repeat each exercise ten times to keep your foot problems at bay.

1. Heel Raises

Sit with bare feet flat on the floor. Raise heel of one foot slowly; hold for five seconds and stretch your toes. Lower to starting position. Switch feed and repeat. This helps with foot problems, and relieves arch cramps as well as the ache from hammertoes.

2. Toe Curls

Sit with toes of one leg pointed on floor. Curl toes under and squeeze for five seconds. Switch feet and repeat. Good for those suffering from foot fatigue or foot and calf cramps. This exercise regarding your foot problems is easy to do and very relaxing as well.

3. Toe Squeeze

Place cotton balls or ear plugs between toes and squeeze toes together for five seconds to ease foot cramps. Again, this exercise is easy to do, and should help you with your foot problems.

4. Bit Toe Pulls

While sitting, place a thick rubber band around big toes. Pull big toes away from each other. Hold for five seconds. This helps to relieve bunion aches.

5. Toe Pulls

While sitting, place a thick rubber band around all the toes of one foot. Spread toes apart as far as possible and hold for five seconds. Switch feet and repeat. Great for hammertoes toe cramps and bunions.

These exercises may be difficult at first, especially if you have not used those muscles in a while. Keep at it, it will help you alleviate your foot problems. The result will be healthy and beautiful feet.


B. When to replace an athletic shoe? 

Judge by mileage or number of hours logged rather than by signs of wear and tear. What wears out first is the cushion of the midsole, sandwiched inside. Replace your running shoes every 500 miles if you can. Walking shoes should be replaced every 500 to 700 miles. And aerobics shoe or cross-trainers every 100 hours.

Whether or not you keep track of the numbers, buy a new pair of shoes, and then a month later buy another. You should alternate them, and when you notice a distinct cushioning difference, it’s time to replace the first pair.

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