1…Feet are the foundation of almost everything we do: from the time we roll out of bed in the morning to when we put our feet up for the day, they’re thanklessly working for us!
2…Your feet are complicated. Did you know that each foot has four arches? It’s common to think of the arch at the bottom of your foot, but your feet are so much more complex than that! Your feet work with the rest of your body to coordinate movement and allow you to live the life you love.
3…Feet are the original mode of transportation. Before we domesticated horses or invented bicycles, people relied on their feet for transportation. Now, we use them to press the gas in our cars. How far they’ve taken us!
4…The feet are at the foundation of our ability to move. They’re also at the foundation of our ability to measure! A ‘foot’ is based off the length of the average man’s foot, and we depend on this standard measurement tool for everything from crafting to carpentry.
5…Your feet and their arches are the shock absorbers for your entire body…for your entire life! Think of how much weight they bear throughout the course of just a day! How could you not appreciate these important appendages?
6…Can you believe all they do while only taking up about 2% of our body’s mass?
7…Your feet are at the root of your ability to balance. Proper balance allows you to go about your daily activities without being injured. With good balance, you can move confidently through your day, whether you are going for a walk or playing with your dog.
8…You can express joy with them! Sure, you can dance with your arms and upper body, too. But it’s not really a party until your feet get involved! From the twist to the two-step, footwork makes everything a little more fancy.
9…Your feet connect you to your family. You know how you can have your mom’s nose or your dad’s eyes? Well, you can also have their feet! Parents pass along the traits in their feet to their children. Your mom’s high arches and your dad’s sweaty feet can be indicators of how your own feet may develop over time. It’s good to be aware of this because it can keep your feet healthy by helping you predict–and prevent–any potential foot problems. For example, if the folks in your family have plantar fasciitis, it may be beneficial for you to wear arch supports to help prevent the possibility of you also getting plantar fasciitis.
10…Your feet reflect your body. Reflexologists believe the foot can help heal the entire body. They map the body’s many parts onto the various parts of the foot and use massage to address concerns in an individual’s body by working on the feet.
11…Your feet are another way to tell the world who you are. Do you like to dress up? Would you wear sneakers or sandals all day if you could? Do you paint your toenails or keep them bare? Your feet are vehicles of self expression, and they deserve to be treated with love. But, if you’re a sandals 24/7 person, or enjoy wearing heels, you don’t have to compromise your style for comfort. Good Feet arch supports work with almost every type of shoe (even flip flops!), so you can express yourself in comfort.
12…Your feet are the body part that’s farthest from the brain. But by doing things like jogging, hiking, and walking with them, you can improve your brain health, too. Exercise is important to comprehensive health, and feet are important to exercise.
13…The feet are surprisingly agile–and can help the body become agile, too! Everything in the body is connected, and by stretching and loosening the feet, you can stretch and loosen the body. Try making circles in the air with your feet to help stretch the leg overall.
14…Your feet help you keep it real. If you are doing something like wearing shoes that are too small or not supportive, or if you’re standing on hard surfaces all day, your feet will tell you. They’ll start to hurt! Pay attention to what they’re saying. As you know, it’s the only pair of feet you’ll ever have. Arch supports and supportive footwear will help keep your feet in good condition, and can help address areas of concern that may already exist. You know when your feet feel good because you feel good!
Your feet are as unique as you are. They have their own individual foot prints, different from from anyone else in the world. They carry you and your experiences, and enable you to climb to whatever height you dream of. Appreciate your feet today and every day!