Speaking of putting your best foot forward, a pair of shoes is probably in your Christmas list. We just donÂ’t want to purchase fashionable ones, we would like comfortable ones Â– those that donÂ’t give us pain in the muscles and corns to harvest. After all, happy feet mean happy walking and a happy person.
PUTTING YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD
Christmas is the season when people put their best foot forward. This isn’t about having the best furnishings, trimmings, or food in the house. Nor is it just about having the best clothes. Beyond all these is the desire to demonstrate and assure those we hold dear what they really mean to us.
Speaking of putting your best foot forward, a pair of shoes is probably in your Christmas list. We just don’t want to purchase fashionable ones, we would like comfortable ones – those that don’t give us pain in the muscles and corns to harvest. After all, happy feet mean happy walking and a happy person.
We all know how it is to buy shoes that look nice, but forget about dancing all night in them. Instead, expect to harvest some corns. It’s amazing how such a small corn can make our life so miserable.
Faulty shoes are usually blamed for having corns. But Elizabeth Roberts, author of “On Your Feet”, believes that the feet are at fault, not the shoes. If there is an imbalance at the foot or leg muscles, your feet may slip forward in the shoe and roll inward. Some people have unequal distribution of body weight, so certain part of their shoes is worn out more than the rest. Try to examine your old shoes. See if only one part of the heel is more worn out as compared to the rest of the shoes. These old pairs tell us about how about how we walk.
Wherever the foot experiences constant and unnatural pressure, a corn or callous will form. Here’s how you exactly develops these callous and corns. If each time you take a step, your foot rub against your shoes, the excess friction stimulates blood flow. All that blood nourishes the tissue, stimulating the growth of new skin cells. If the toe rubs against the top or side of the shoe for a long time, you can get a corn. If your shoes squeeze the toes together, then the joint that connects the big toe to the mid-foot often compensates by jutting out. So a boxy shoe or one with rounded tip allows the toes enough room to breathe and spread normally. A pointed shoe jams the toes together and sure to cause corns or aggravate corns and calluses. Corns are especially painful when press against a nerve.
You can stop a corn from growing by regularly checking you’re your feet for any red or tender areas – the early warning sign of trouble ahead. If you experience some friction against the shoe, use a moisturizer in the area or always wear socks or stockings with shoes.
If you already have a corn, you can protect the area with moleskin bondage or wrap it loosely with cotton. A soft corn, the kind you find between two toes, can be relieved by separating them with a little piece of cotton.
The existence of corns on your feet is nature’s way of telling you that there’s something with the way you walk. Maybe your gait is wrong, so your feet are not touching the ground evenly. Or maybe one leg is longer than the other.
Walking incorrectly can throw your posture off balance and eventually cause knee problems, night cramps or lower back pain, in addition to corns. A basic instruction in tai chi walking trains us how to walk properly, how to shift and balance our weight on our feet. Tai Chi walking given under the guidance of a trained teacher could correct not only feet problems but skeletal alignment as well.
The world sparkles brightly, not because all the colored light around. The world glows because love abounds everywhere. War stops. Conflicts and misunderstandings are patched up. This is the real spirit of Christmas.
Buy your shoes for comfort not for fashion, a merry Christmas ahead!
Ronthoughts Journal 1997
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