I have spent entirely too much time thinking about my big toes this week.
Aside from the occasional stubbing incident, and an unfortunately-located bee sting when I was 8, I have never given my big toes much thought at all.
But last week, a conversation with my chiropractor led to the realization that I roll my foot inwards when I am trying to keep my balance. That means that the muscles in my feet weak from not being used properly. And, I am compensating for that weakness by using muscles in my legs instead.
Well, this is probably tied into that whole mess, too.
I’m not sure if the problem started with my toes, messed up my foot, then aggravated my calf and so on, or if things went the other way, or if it all kind of happened at once.*
I wish that I could have noticed the whole thing before it got this bad, I just have to work through all of the different muscles while they recover.
So, I’ve added some toe exercises to my calf/heel/foot routine. I have been taking my chiropractor’s advice and consciously choosing to use my big toe for support as I do yoga and walk and practice Taekwondo.
And I bought some of these chummies (you may know them as toe spacers but they’re chummies to me.)
I think my feet are feeling a little better already but that is probably just the power of suggestion.
I guess that as long as it encourages me to keep up a routine that will work, it’s a useful form of delusion, right?
Anyway, let’s hope that I can soon get back to not thinking about my toes, my feet, or my calves at all.
*This article certainly makes it sound like the problem could have originated in my toes.
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