We talked about walking boots/shoes in ‘B for BOOTS’ and the main use of that footwear is to protect our feet. When walking, no-one wants sore feet.
Our feet are the structural foundation of our bodies and because of this any problems with them affect the whole body. It therefore pays to look after them. Foot problems can lead to lack of mobility and, whether for short or long periods of time, that is not something I want to happen. If you can’t walk comfortably, you’re more likely to stop being physically active, which can reduce your quality of life.
As in most things, prevention is better than cure, so get to know your feet and treat them well. Pamper them. Make sure you moisturise them to keep them soft and keep toe nails short and smooth. Tend any issues or problems as soon as you spot them and go to the professionals if something is concerning you.
In your lifetime your feet will carry you around 100,000 – 120,000 miles and walking around on an average day pounds them with hundreds of tons of force. We have a tendency though to take them for granted. Perhaps it’s time to make sure foot care is a priority
In our feet are:
- millions of nerves all firing off messages to your brain letting that organ know what is going on.
- more than 50 bones. That’s about a fourth of all the body’s bone and there are also more than 60 joints and 200 muscles, tendons, and ligaments that hold them together and help them move.
- your toes which are one of the more important parts of your foot as they provide the balance and support when you walk. They maintain contact with the ground about 75% of the time and they help the feet bear the weight of your entire body. When you really think of it, they do an amazing job.
Walking barefoot is really good for you and your feet so, as the weather improves, kick those shoes and socks off and really connect with the ground and let your feet feel that surface.
Time to give those feet the love they deserve to say thanks for all they do for you.
N.B. This very apt photo is taken in Santiago in one of the squares outside the cathedral where I found this sculpture.
If the Camino is on your radar, I run Camino Experiences and am so looking forward to getting back to them in 2022 and 2023 and possibly one in France in late Sept/early Oct 2021.