Pakistani women - legs and foot pain

  • Pakistani women and foot pain

    Foot Massage

When you massage the thousands of nerve endings in the foot, you can feel relaxation throughout your
body. Regular massage keeps the foot flexible and healthy. Follow these easy steps to give your feet a treat:

Deep Massage
Grip the foot in your hands, with fingers on the sole and thumbs on top. Work the bones by pressing down
with the thumb and heels of the hands, and up and in with your fingers. Then move one hand up the length
of the foot while moving the other hand down.

Thumb Press
Hold your foot with your thumbs on the sole and fingers on the top. Press in hard, firm circles over the sole.
Repeat over the top of the foot. Be thorough, making sure to cover the entire area. Use your fingers to press
near the ankle and heel.

Toe Stretches
Hold the heel firmly with one hand. With the other hand, push the toes forward and backward (omit the little
toe if you wish). Hold the stretch for several seconds each way, then repeat.
Toe Tugs
Gently tug each toe with your index finger and thumb. Then, starting with the big toe, twist each toe from
side to side; let the thumb and forefinger slide off the end. Don't crack the toe knuckles.

Athlete's Foot


Pain free feet

Take Care of Your Feet

Just as our psyches need regular doses of tender loving care, so do our feet. Yet people tend to neglect this part of the anatomy, notes Arnold Ravick, D.P.M., a podiatrist in Washington, D.C., and member of the Public Affairs Committee of the American Podiatric Medical Association. "People tell me that their feet have always caused them pain and that they always will," says Ravick. "But that doesn't have to be true." To pamper your feet at the end of the day, treat them to a little warmth. "Either soak them or use a heating pad," Ravick recommends. "The type of heat doesn't matter." If you soak your feet, put a few drops of baby oil in the water so your skin doesn't dry out. Then blot them with a towel, rather than rubbing. Finish up by applying some skin lotion. To leave your feet feeling really relaxed, massage them gently for 5 or 10 minutes by moving the joints and muscles around between your fingers.


Choose the Right Shoes

Although feet continue to change throughout adulthood, "very few people have their shoe size checked regularly," notes Ravick. "It's almost the same as men and their haircuts. A teenager will get a haircut when he's 15 and never change the style. Adults should have their feet measured at least once a year." It isn't enough for shoes to be the right size, however; you should also make sure they fit properly in other ways. "If a shoe doesn't feel comfortable, people tend to ask for a larger size, but most of the time it's the width that's not right, rather than the length," Ravick explains. According to Stephen Conti, M.D., an orthopedist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the widest part of your foot should fit comfortably in the widest part of the shoe. To be sure of a proper fit, measure the widest part of your foot by standing on a ruler, then measure the sole of the shoe. Ask to have both your feet measured and try on the shoes that fit your larger foot. Make sure that you have half an inch of space between your longest toe and the tip of the shoe. Never buy shoes that are uncomfortable, thinking you'll break them in. Finally, shop for shoes at the end of the day: Your feet swell as the day progresses.

More Tips and tricks
foot care

It's easy to forget about taking care of your feet until you run into trouble. But with routine care along the way, you can prevent some of the more common problems.

  1. If your feet tend to cramp up during the night, stretch them out before you go to bed by standing on your tiptoes for 20 seconds, then relaxing; repeat four or five times. Before you put on your shoes in the morning, dust just a bit of baby powder or foot powder into each one to absorb any moisture.
  2. If you're traveling, take along some athlete's-foot powder to use on your feet after you take a shower. Sprinkle some in your shoes before you put them on.
  3. If you get blisters or redness at the tips of your toes, rub a little petroleum jelly on them. This reduces friction from your foot moving around inside your shoe, which is generally the cause of the problem.
  4. Trim your toe nails after you take a bath or shower when they're softer and easier to cut.


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