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Healing your Feet

The human foot is a very complex item on our bodies. It is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, and many more muscles and ligaments. That being the case, with as much as they are abused, it is no wonder that foot pain is a common occurrence with many.

Just because there are many different foot pains, we can still be happy that there are many different types of treatment. Here are two of the most common types of foot pain and how to improve them

Hammer Toe

When a persons foot flattens out enough the tendons pull harder to compensate for the flattening and arcs the toe. If not treated this position can become ridged, preventing the toe from being able to straighten out as the person walks. There are several exercises that a person can do to help improve the malady.

Toe crunches can be done by sitting in a chair, without socks on, and placing a towel on the floor with the top half of the symptomatic foot placed on it. Then crunch the towel up with your toes and then release it. this should be done 10 to 12 times.

Another one is the squeeze. put your foot on the other thigh and put your fingers between your toes and squeeze them together. If it is too painful to do them all at once, try it two at a time until you can do them all.

Turf Toe

A common injury from sports, or other activities that require a person to put their weight on the ball of their foot, it causes the tendon that runs under the joint at the base of the great toe (the toe that bears the most weight) to strain, resulting in it becoming hyperextended. The toe is tender and inflamed which is painful for the person to walk.

The treatments normally recommended for this condition is icing, resting the toe, and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Also using a tennis ball is known to help. The person does this by sitting down and placing the injured foot on the tennis ball, and rolling it in all directions, paying particular attention to tender spots.
Generally, taping the great toe and putting a firm insert in shoes helps the toe to heal and prevents the injury form recurring.

Try an exercise called short foot, sit in a chair and put your foot flat on the ground. then lift the arch up without letting the toes curl or roll. Hold for 5 seconds, released, and repeated until tired.

A few of the other complaints are bunions, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and complications resulting from diabetes. A little research will come up with quite a few exercises and other treatments that are beneficial for these ailments as well.

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