Weekly wellness: Are you flip-flopping this summer?

1 year 2 months 2 days ago Monday, July 17 2017 Jul 17, 2017 Monday, July 17, 2017 12:52:00 PM CDT July 17, 2017 in Weekly Wellness
By: Amanda Barnes, KOMU 8 Wellness Coach
loading

In the summertime, I love flip-flops! They are easy, cute, and can show off a pedicure. How can something so wonderful have such a potential negative impact on our feet? Unfortunately, they can. You may not realize it, but when you wear flip-flops, the muscles in your feet have to clench the entire time you’re in motion. You may not even realize that you’re doing it, but, trust me. You are. If you’re just wearing your flip-flops to run a quick errand or to walk from the car to the pool, no biggie. It’s when you are wearing them for hours at a time that issues can arise.

The “grip” your feet perform to keep footwear on can makes toe bones curl up and/or curl down; drives the end of some bones into the ground, creating higher-than-normal pressure—this can lead to toe contracture/metatarsal injury over time; drives the ends of some bones up into the top of the sandal, which can lead to corns and calluses over time if there’s something for the toes to rub against.

All this gripping can lead to shortened toe muscles (called hammer toes), and gait and balance changes. In time, it can affect how your whole body moves.

Here are some stretches that might help:

Stretch the Top of Your Foot

· Stand up straight on your right foot and reach your left foot back behind you, tucking the toes of your left foot under and placing them on the floor.

· Work up to holding this stretch for one minute. If your toes start to cramp, come out of the move, rest, and return when you can.

· Toes just too tight? Try it seated.

Calf stretch

· Place the ball of your left foot on the apex of a half-foam roller or rolled-up folded towel. Drop the heel all the way to the ground, and straighten that knee.

· Step forward with your right foot. If you can’t bring your foot all the way forward, take a smaller step.

· Keep your weight stacked vertically over the heel of whichever foot is farther back.

· Hold for one minute, then switch legs; do this three times on each leg.

Toe Spreading

· Sit cross-legged.

· Interlace the fingers of the right hand with the toes of the left foot.

· Gently spread your toes away from each other.

· Hold for up to one minute, then switch to the other hand and foot.

Still want to let your tootsies feel the sun in the summertime? Opt for a Greek sandal that is strappy on top, flat on the bottom, and still fully connected to your foot. Or find a sandal that has a strap around the back of your heal. Take good care of those feet. They need to last you a while.

Related Stories

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Stephens College will see the first graduating class for its master's of physician assistant studies program. Administrators hope... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- Hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina, but its crawling pace and overwhelming storm surges are setting... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 6:50:00 AM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS — Incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and her Republican challenger, Josh Hawley, will meet in their... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 6:14:00 AM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday night on Route B south of East Brown... More >>
4 days ago Friday, September 14 2018 Sep 14, 2018 Friday, September 14, 2018 4:24:00 AM CDT September 14, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University students, faculty and staff came together for a prayer vigil to mourn three deaths in... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 10:17:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - More than 160 Missouri electric cooperative linemen will be on the road Friday heading for South Carolina.... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 9:56:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a gang member from Springfield was sentenced to 25 years in prison without... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
MEXICO - A policy at Mexico Middle School helped staff find a gun in a student's backpack Wednesday. Students... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:03:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS - The Humane Society of Missouri Disaster Response Team is preparing to deploy to North Carolina ahead of... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:04:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY -- Thursday morning the Public Works and Planning Committee decided to host the 2019 Salute to Veterans Memorial... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:58:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Food and Drug Administration announced last Wednesday electronic cigarette manufacturers have 2 months to prove their products... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
DETROIT (AP) — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:39:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
OZARK (AP) — A judge sentenced a 55-year-old southwest Missouri man to seven consecutive life sentences for the repeated sexual... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 5:11:19 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two Kansas City bank tellers replaced $100 bills with $1 bills while... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:54:55 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
LELAND, N.C. - Missouri Task Force 1 is setting up its base camp in Brunswick County, North Carolina in preparation... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:31:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The fate of a Missouri nail manufacturer suffering under President Donald Trump's steel tariffs has put... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:22:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after a video showed him speeding through a yard and... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:15:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
LINN - Farmer Cindy Brenneke has until December 9 to put more than 100 cats into cages, or the Where... More >>
5 days ago Thursday, September 13 2018 Sep 13, 2018 Thursday, September 13, 2018 2:59:00 PM CDT September 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 73°
12am 74°
1am 73°
2am 73°
3am 74°