Foot Care

The Do-It-Yourself Foot Massage

Your feet are probably the hardest-working part of your body. It’s no surprise, then, you need to take good care of them—and we may not be doing so. According to the experts from the Harvard Medical School, three out of four Americans suffer some kind of foot ailment, whether it’s bunions, corns, calluses, sore arches or just plain aches.

But your suffering isn’t inevitable; the Harvard experts say that  your feet, like your neck, back and shoulders, can benefit from regular massage. It lessens tension, stimulates your muscles and can even ease pain.

It’s great to get a professional massage, but you can also do it yourself. Here are some tips from the Harvard experts:

* While sitting in a comfortable chair, bend your left leg and rest your left foot gently on your right thigh.

*   Rub skin lotion or oil gently into your foot, including the arch, toes and heels.

*   If you want to go deeper, press the knuckles of your right hand into your left foot, and knead – as you would if you bread, the Harvard experts say. Or hold your food with both hands and press your thumbs into your food.

*   Gently move your toes back and forth, using your hands. The experts say that stretches the muscles.

*   Repeat with the other foot.

The  Harvard experts also say that foot rollers, which you can buy in drugstores or health stores, can help your feet relax.

For more information, buy the Harvard Health Publications report Foot Care Basics.