Why You Need Toe Stretchers and Tips To Relieve Foot Pain

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LAURYN

BUT DO YOU HAVE TOE STRETCHERS?

They’re such a fun addition to your quarantine. Like, it doesn’t get better than Cheez-Its, Tiger King & toe stretchers.

They’re everything you never knew you needed. Stretching your toes is a ‘thing’ & you can’t judge it til you try it.

Have you ever gotten some hot new shoes that don’t quite fit? LOL.

Ya, that’s right. The evil stepsisters from Cinderella. You still gotta squeeze your foot in though, ya know? Those bitches really could’ve used some BPA-free toe stretchers. ( Big fan of the ones by Yoga Toes, but there are lots out there ).

Point is- if you’ve ever had a ‘squeeze-your-foot-into-a-shoe’ moment, you need some toe stretchers. It’s basically a jelly-like contraption with a hole for each toe. Every toe is invited to the party! Just sit back, relax & wait for relief.

Benefits of a Toe Stretcher:

♡ strengthens the toes.

♡ improves balance.

♡ relaxes the foot.

♡ stretches/realigns the toes.

♡ helps with foot pain.

♡ enhances the overall appearance of your foot.

♡ no more cramped feet!!

My father-in-law is a HUGE fan of toe stretching too. We text each other pics of us toe stretching all the time. LOL.

As you guys may know, I have plantar fasciitis. I’ve talked about it on the blog before but here’s a little recap:

Since I was 14 years old, I’ve been in the restaurant business ( until a few years ago ). I started as a hostess then became a cocktail waitress & then a bartender. All 3 of these jobs within the service industry required me to stand on my feet for long periods of time- I’m sure a lot of you can relate. & because of that, I developed plantar fasciitis.

For me, it came from wearing really bad shoes & standing on my feet too long. I remember being so broke & not being able to afford comfy shoes so I would go to Marshall’s every 6 months & buy whatever $8 black flats they had. Obviously none of them had an arch support. It got worse & worse. It got to the point where I could hardly walk when I got out of bed in the morning after a shift. I tried everything from stretching, gel inserts, new shoes, but nothing was working. The arch & heel of my foot just always hurt.

There were some things that did end up working though & I want to share them here again, while we’re on the subject of toe stretching & foot health.

♡ Racquetball

The first & most efficient thing in my opinion is to get a racquetball. The one I like is pink & just the right firmness- it’s just perfectly strong. You basically roll it on the arch of your foot while putting your body pressure on it. This feels good whether you have plantar fasciitis or not.

So you want to roll the ball along the entire sole of your foot. When you’re rolling you should rock side to side so it goes from the toe to the heel all along the entire sole of the foot. I like to put my entire body weight on it but to start, maybe don’t press as firmly. Fun fact. The feet are the furthest body part from the heart, so when you get blood to the feet it helps with muscle repair & keeps your feet in good health. I wanna do it on my feet right now it sounds so good.

This is great to do at home, especially after a workout. I try to make Michael do it but he doesn’t love foot massage like I do.

♡ Custom Orthotics

Another thing you can do is get custom orthotics. This is something I had to save up for when I was a bartender. My feet got so bad that after 2 years I couldn’t stand for a whole shift. A doctor molded my feet & it cost $400. Ugh! I saved every penny I had to get them, then I’d throw them in the Marshall’s $8 flats. They’re pricey for sure, but it did relieve a lot of the pain.

Now, I’ve heard arch support isn’t the best idea because it’s kinda like training wheels- you gotta get off them at some point. But I will say this: the custom orthotics really helped me get through my shifts.

If you’re in the San Diego area & in need of custom orthotics you have to go see Dr. Sam. He’s amazing & you basically just stand in this sand stuff & he molds your feet. Contact him at samschiropractic.com or (858) 569-6959.

♡ Foot Stretches

The third thing that can really help is stretching. Before you get out of bed, stretch your feet & toes. Put your toes on the ground & then lift your heels. Alternatively you can cross one ankle over the opposite knee then grab your toes & pull them towards your shin. These stretches really helped too. That stretch every morning activated blood flow & helped the pain from wearing restrictive, non-supportive shoes.

The fascia is a web of connective tissue so when you release it, it can trigger the entire web. This feels amazing. Trust me.

Side note: if a racquetball is too gnarly for you ( I like everything intense ) then you could always use a tennis ball because it’s a bit softer. But I’m telling you, if you have foot pain you have to try these things ( but especially the ball ).

3 Yoga Poses For Your Feet:

child’s pose: this pose feels amazing for your whole body, but it’s a good way to get a good stretch through the top of your foot while it lays flat on your mat.

staff pose with a strap: for this one, sit down on your mat with your legs stretched out in front of you. Grab a yoga strap or even a resistance band & wrap it around the balls of your feet. Flex your foot & feel the stretch.

toe stretch: rest your knees on your mat while you sit upright. Place your hands on the tops of your thighs then tuck your toes so your heels are digging into your ass & the bottom of your toes are on your mat. After, untuck your toes & stretch the top of your feet by laying them flat on the mat. { via }

Also, just an FYI- if your feet really hurt, you should go to a little hole in the wall foot spa ( after quarantine is over, of course ). The one I go to is an Asian foot spa & they’re the best. No one speaks to me, I can just work on my phone, & get the most amazing foot massage.

Let me know any tips you guys have for relieving foot pain at home. Always down to try your recommendations.

Until next time, lauryn.

+ get on board with an acupressure mat.

++ read all about breathwork & the power of meditation.

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  1. AvatarDGGYST

    I like to wear these around the house while I do a mud facial and leave in oil treatment. Really get that web footed swamp monster look and scare the cats saying ” Mommy wants to look beauiiittifulll”

    True story. These toe stretchers are amazing.
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  2. AvatarLea

    Other tips for foot pain: calf stretching (with both the knee straight and bent) and rolling. Foot strengthening helps the foot adapt better to surfaces while walking so arch lifts, bunching up a towel with your toes and pushing it back out, and ankle strengthening.

    I’ve actually never heard of toe stretching before so I tried it with a rolled up sock and loved it so I’m definitely ordering some of these.

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  3. AvatarSyed Usman

    Your article has really good information about yoga toes benefit as means to alleviate calf pain.

    It is also advisable not to stretch too much if you are suffering from calf pain. The right way to proceed forward:

    A. While facing the wall, stand 13 inches away from it.
    B. Second, extend your legs behind, one at a time.
    C. Make sure to keep feet flat and knee straight on the floor.
    D. Keep leaning toward the wall till you feel stress in the calf muscle of the extended leg. (For support, you can put your arms on the wall.)
    Hold till 35 seconds.
    Repeat with the other leg

    The aforementioned steps should be taken consistently. But, make sure you do not stretch excessively as it can have a detrimental effect on calf muscles.
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