Think of your body as a building. Like any skyscraper, we’re built from the ground up. And by that line of thinking, our feet are our foundation. Foot alignment affects our entire gait, from our lower legs to our knees to our hips and beyond. There are things we can do to positively influence our foundation, and there are things that negatively influence our foundation, too.
Take flip flops, for example. When we wear flip flops in the summer, our toes grip and curl under, resulting in hammer toes and overall gnarly-looking feet.
If you love a good flip flop, or just want to encourage the health of your feet in general, there’s a simple tool that will positively influence your foot foundation: Joy-a-Toes. Joy-a-Toes spread the toes, allowing the foot to plant properly. By wearing them, you’ll also release tension in the calf in ankle.
If you aren’t down with toe spreaders, there are ways to manually correct any issues in your foot foundation. Cross one foot over the opposite knee. Place one thumb at the base of the elevated foot’s big toe and the other thumb at the base of your second toe. Gently, begin to push and pull on the toes. Repeat this on each toe, then do the other foot.
Toe spreading, whether manual or via Joy-a-Toes, helps to mobilize the joints of the foot. By doing this, you’ll avoid cramping and tension, especially after a long day in those flip flops.