In Reflexology, the feet are the center of the body: all energy meridians used in acupuncture flow through the feet.
And it makes sense too, when your feet hurt, often the pain originates from elsewhere in your body: it may come from your calves, hips, or even upper back.
Feet are pretty complex and there can be many reasons why your feet ache throughout the day.
There are thirty-eight bones in a foot; they and their connective tissue are susceptible to excess stress for obvious reasons. It takes a lot of work to hold you up and keep you moving every day.
Keeping your feet healthy and flexible requires a little bit of care and special attention, especially if you suffer from diabetes or circulatory conditions (1).
Keeping your Feet Strong
Below are six ways you can stretch your feet to relieve pain and keep them in tip-top shape.
1. Ankle Stretch (starts at 0:45)
Your ankle and foot support each other. Strengthening your ankles will enable them to work harder, taking pressure off the feet.
Sitting on the ground, place your foot through the loop of a resistance band so that the bottom of your foot is resting against it. Bend your toes towards the ground. Hold the position for a few seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat fifteen times.
2. Rock Out
Stand up straight with your feet at shoulder’s width apart, move your body weight to the outside of one foot. Then, gently rock to the other side, being mindful of keeping your weight first on the outside, then the inside of each foot. Repeat ten times for each foot.
3. Tennis Ball Rub
Stand tall and use a wall or chair for extra support. Place a tennis ball beneath the arch of one foot. Roll the ball under the foot from heel to toe, putting a bit of weight on the foot.
Hold the ball in place at each tender spot for 15-30 release muscle tension. Repeat five times for each foot.