Walk this way by Catherine Hayden

Summer foot care tips
Lose the shoes Walking barefoot is known as 'earthing'. It's long been thought of as a little kooky and 'hippy' but science is starting to find it has health advantages. Walking barefoot on the beach exfoliates your feet naturally but the benefits extend beyond aesthetics, it's also thought to be good for you because of the way your body interacts with electrons in the earth. Possible benefits include improved sleep and reduced inflammation. So lose the shoes. Under pressure Having a foot massage is more than a luxury ' it's good for you. Try out a session with a reflexologist, who will focus on key pressure points to benefit the whole body and improve emotional wellbeing. Millions of people around the world use reflexology to help with conditions like diabetes, anxiety, headaches and even PMS. Hey, good looking  Summer shoes are all about showing off your feet. Indulge in a professional or home pedicure to get your feet summer ready. Just remember your skin absorbs the chemicals in the products you use, so go natural. Foot scrubs with tea tree oil are a good bet because tea tree oil is a natural antifungal. Peppermint aromatherapy oil is excellent for cooling hot, tired, feet. Apply a good moisturiser daily and use that time to do some self-massage. There's plenty of information on pressure points online. Be flexible Feet can get tired. Wearing heels that are too high, or even sandals that are too flat, can tire the feet out. If your feet are feeling the brunt of unkind shoes or too much walking, try this simple stretching exercise: Sit with one leg stretched out in front of you. Wrap a towel around the ball of your foot. Pull the towel back gently until you feel a stretch in your foot and calf. Hold for ten seconds. Repeat five times on each leg. This will stretch your Achilles tendons and plantar fascia (the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes).    

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