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Stop ignoring the pain in your toes

Stop ignoring the pain in your toes

A lot of us live with achy feet and numb toes, and just accept it as a condition of modern life.  We have work, we have the benefit of good shoes, and so we soldier on through routine foot discomfort.  

I’ve been working at my desk for an hour now, and my feet are cold and damp, my toes a bit numb.  It’s warm in my office, so maybe the laces on my running shoes are too tight (though I generally keep them loose for this very reason.)  I have slippers, too, so I should probably switch to them, but I rarely do.   The fact is that I’ve been living with achy, cold, clammy feet my entire adult life, and I’m used to it.

A friend from Japan recently sent me an article with a tip about curing the common cold, and the gist of the message was to stop ignoring the pain in your toes.

Here’s what the writer had to say:  

Whenever you catch a cold (or even the flu) try applying finger pressure to the connective tissues surrounding the knuckles that connect your fingers and toes to your hands and feet.  (Yes, you’ll need to remove your shoes to get at your toes.)  At these joints there are bundles of sympathetic nerves that play an important role in maintaining good health. 

Lightly squeeze these pressure points, softening the muscles and spreading the tendons.  Press the point of your finger or thumb directly into the webbing between each digit, squeezing with your opposing finger from the bottom.  Knead a bit more where the tightness is worst, usually at the base of the smaller toes and fingers, but make sure to loosen every digit and – again – don’t press too hard.

Do this several times a day when you’re feeling under the weather.  If you don’t have a fever, and can take a bath, massage your toes and fingers while soaking, too. 

The theory is that colds are caused by viruses and germs that take advantage of blockages in our sympathetic nervous system, and points at the base of the toes and fingers are especially susceptible.  By improving the circulation of these nerve bundles we empower our bodies to better fight and recover from illness.

Well, it not only makes sense.  It feels great, too!

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