Tennis Ball Foot Massage
We’ve all had those days…………….on our feet all day, shoes feeling two sizes too small by the afternoon, feet throbbing in pain………can’t wait to get those shoes off and give our feet a little lovin’.
There are 26 bones and 2 sesamoid bones in each foot. Along with that, more than 100 ligaments, muscles, tendons and 33 joints are in each foot. Add to that an abundant nerve supply. Now, take all those various parts and cram them into shoes that pinch our toes together, don’t give enough support or cushioning, don’t breathe, and abuse our feet in so many ways. On any given day, our feet absorb about 1000 tons of force, mostly from hard surfaces. No wonder they hurt at the end of the day!
All McDermott Footcare clients get a soothing foot massage. They love it! In a perfect world, there would be an incredibly gifted masseuse waiting for me after a long day with the sole purpose of giving me a soothing foot massage. Alas, I don’t live in a perfect world and I’ll bet most of you don’t either.
What do you do if there’s no one to give you a much-needed foot massage or if the person who’s rubbing your feet can’t get it right? Enter the tennis ball. Yup, the common, green, fuzzy staple of tennis courts and school yards everywhere is an excellent piece of foot care equipment.
Soothe your overworked arches and caress the balls of your feet and heels by placing your foot on the ball and rolling the ball back and forth and side to side. You can easily adjust the amount of pressure you put on your foot. And, it’s convenient. Give yourself a foot rub while eating, going online, watching TV, anytime you’re sitting or standing in one place. Did I mention how inexpensive it is?
The tennis ball foot massage is great for runners, hikers, all sports enthusiasts who are hard on their feet. Anyone whose job requires standing and/or walking for long periods will find it helpful. People with plantar fasciaitis will find it very soothing. All sizes of feet can use it. It’s a must-have for anyone whose feet need a little TLC. As the weather warms up, I’ll be spending less time on my elliptical and more time walking outside. My trusty tennis ball, along with really good walking shoes and socks that wick away moisture, will not be far away.
Give it a try. I think you’ll like it. There is one caution, though: don’t share your tennis ball if you have Athlete’s Foot (read this) or fungal toenails (here). In fact, don’t share it at all. Tell them to get their own tennis ball 😉