Keeping Your Foundation Strong
Imagine your hands were your feet and they were constantly wrapped up and unable to spread out and move. That’s how your feet feel once they’re trapped into shoes or they’ve been forgotten to be stretched before or after training.
Just like any part of the body, when the muscles in the feet aren't stretched or looked after they become weak and this can lead to foot pain and even deformity from narrow shoes.
The Toe Spacer relieves foot pain, stretches muscles and realigns your toes while you’re kicking back and relaxing.
Whether you’re a runner, dancer, yoga lover or crossfitter, stability and strength in your feet are critical for achieving injury free longevity. There are 100 muscles, 33 joints and 26 bones in our feet and just like any other muscle in the body, they need to be strengthened and stretched.
It also doesn’t help that most of the time our feet are boxed into shoes that naturally don’t cater for the shape of feet. Feet are going from shoes at work to sneakers at the gym without being looked after or cared for. But don’t get us wrong, we won’t be saying goodbye to our beloved sneakers or work heels, we are taking the right steps in ensuring our toes and feet get just as much love.
Toes and feet that aren’t receiving much love end up becoming weak and unable to support the rest of the joints and muscles. Feet are the foundation of the muscles and joints from knees all the way up to your hips.
Weak arches and muscles in the feet can lead to instablity in the ankles which has an upward affect on knees and hips.
And let’s talk about bunions, they’re tell tale signs that your feet haven’t received much attention or love. Bunions are caused from years of shoe abuse that pushes the bone or tissue at the bottom of the big toe to move out of place. If you refuse to give up your favourite heels or shoes, then using toe spacers are crucial for giving your feet some relief from that kind of pressure.
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Toe spacers help realign toes to its natural shape and stretches out muscles to improve stability, posture and can help combat feet deformity from everyday shoes. It also encourages movement and blood circulation to the toes and restores normal and natural foot function.
Without stretching and strengthening the toes as we age, our circulation and balance diminishes.
Poor circulation and balance can lead to any number of issues, including an inability to stand from a seated position and the increased chances of falling from a standing position.
Along with proper foot exercises, foot muscles become stronger and this leads to resolved foot problems and pain. It helps strengthen intrinsic muscles in feet which helps stability in yoga balance poses, pain free runs, deeper squats and stronger jumps.
The Toe Spacer relieves you of feeling shy about your feet. Finally, being able to kick those shoes off and feel proud when you look down at naturally shaped feet.
Let’s take a deeper look at the foot and find out what the mechanics are to run faster, hold poses longer and dance all night long.
With 26 bones, 33 joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and joints, feet are an extraordinary puzzle. And when all the pieces support and fit properly, it leads to a healthy foundation to carry us through our day.
The three main puzzle pieces aka bones in feet are broken down in three parts: the anklebones known as tarsals, the middle bones that are felt on the top of the feet are metatarsals, and the toe bones known as phalanges.
Tarsals: There are seven tarsal bones that fit together, with the biggest one being the heel known as the calcaneus.
Metatarsals: These are 5 long bones that connect your toes to your anklebones.
Phalanges: Fingers also have the same technical term and there are a total of 14 bones in each foot. The big toe has two and there are three bones in the rest.
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The bones outlined above form arches that are like shock absorbers for your feet. There are several of arches and the most visible is the one that runs from heel through the inner foot to the big toe. And there is one on the opposite side which runs from the outer side of your foot to the pinkie toe. There are also transverse arches that run horizontally from the outside to the inside.
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The plantar fascia. It’s a thick fibrous band of connective tissues that is on the bottom of the foot and covers the area from the calcaneus (heel) all the way to the base of your toes. Along with other ligaments and tendons it supports the arches and acts as a shock absorber to when your run or jump.
Just like any other muscle in the body it can get overworked and become inflammed.
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Forget the basic one-two step dance move. Feet have numerous possible movements and is again broken down into three categories:
Ankle: It moves in two directions. Plantar flexion is when you’re sitting with your legs out infront of you and you point your toes forward and down. And Dorsiflexion is when you unpoint your toes and your feet come back to normal position with toes pointing upwards. It’s basically your natural standing position.
Middle Foot: The metatarsal area allows for two movements which are supination and pronation. Or they can also be called inversion or eversion. This is when the weight of your body shifts from side to side and your feet hold the weight by turning in or out.
Toes: The toes can do four moves. They flex (bend) when you scrunch a towel or pick something up with your toes. They extend (straighten) this is when you go onto your tip toes. They abduct which is when you splay your toes out and they lastly aduct which is when you squeeze them together. Or when they’re unhappily squeezed into a narrow shoe!
Long Live Stronger Feet and Toes!
With all of these bones, muscles and joints in each foot, it’s important to exercise, stretch and massage to keep your foundation strong.
Unfortunately, we don’t use our feet as much as we do our hands and fingers. And as a result, the strength in our toes becomes limited and as we get older, individual toe movements become weak and unable to do what it’s supposed to do. It’s like all the muscles become stagnant and stuck together which causes inflammation and pain.
Strong toes leads to more muscle movement and gives the foot increased circulation. Plus, deterity in toes is important because it supports better balance and stabilizes the entire body.
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