2) Toe extension (to strengthen and support the muscles, which in turn will protect the bones of the feet):
3) Calf raise (to strengthen the feet and the calves and improve balance):
Once you’ve finished these exercises, reward your hardworking feet with a frozen-golf-ball massage. “The icy, textured hard ball can get into the tiny muscles of the foot and give you a deep massage,” says Sutera. Simply pop a ball in the freezer for a few hours, then roll under each foot while sitting down. "
Well, for some people, relaxing barefoot comes with some concern. Specifically, those with diabetes need to pay close attention to their feet. According to Ralph Schmeltz, MD, an endocrinologist and president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, diabetes can damage nerves and reduce blood flow in feet.
"Sometimes a diabetic will not feel a cut or blister on the bottom of their foot that can develop into a serious infection," he said. "But with some diligence, these can be recognized and the infection prevented. Prevention is best, which starts with wearing well fitting shoes at all times." Mary Korytkowski, MD, professor of medicine and a member of the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors, agrees and adds, "Foot care is a crucial component in managing diabetes."
"By checking your feet on a daily basis and working with your health care provider, you can help prevent future complications," she says. Gus Geraci, MD, vice president of health care quality and value at the Pennsylvania Medical Society, has seen how something that starts off minor, like a cut, can turn into a disaster for patients with diabetes if they don't pay close attention. And, it's something that he worries about ...
So whether a diabetic or not, do keep your feet happy ... and with it being Saturday, you may even have 'dancing feet tonight'! Yes, it will soon be time for Saturday Night Is Music Night On This Blog!
In the meantime, thanks for reading - and I hope you have a great weekend.
All the best Jan