The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.
Leonardo da Vinci
How often do you notice your feet? Maybe when they protest after being cramped into uncomfortable six-inch stilettos for the sake of fashion, or when you’ve been on your feet working a ten-hour shift? Unfortunately, it would take such blaring incidents for most people to pay attention to what I feel is the foundation of your body, just as roots are to a tree.
My foot obsession goes as far back as my jelly sandal days, and reached a critical point last year when my feet were totally wrecked after running the Honolulu Marathon. 26.2 miles will do that to anyone’s feet; even the most elite runners walk away with at least one blister. Unfortunately in my case I had three: two on my toes (one on each foot) and one on my left heel that was the size of a Roma tomato.
Slippers were the only form of foot protection my footsies could tolerate. Not exactly the most fashionable footwear, but my feet were the happiest they had ever been in years. Foot massages, toe stretches and Epsom salt soaks were no longer exclusive to spa and pedicure salon visits – they became part of my evening foot care regime.
Simple, quick and idiot proof – my foot care routine allowed me to put my best foot forward, despite the blisters.
1: Wash the feet daily. Lather that loofah and get between those toes.
2: Give the feet a pedicure every two weeks. Salon visit and nail varnish are optional, but not necessary. I’m a DIY woman, so I keep it basic: soak feet in tub of Epsom salt for five minutes, clip the toe nails, buff off the dead skin with pumice and exfoliate with baking soda.
3: Moisturize and massage. I found that mixing coconut lotion with with a single drop of peppermint and lavender oil is the best for tired and achy feet.
4: Elevate, relax and unwind.
I realize that not everyone may feel as passionate about feet as myself, but I am a firm believer that a person’s feet, much like the eyes, reveal a lot about their personality and state of health.
A little tender loving care for your footsies go a long way. Do yourself a favor – be grateful for your feet. They carry you forward your whole life.