Monisha's Minute: Foot Toys

Last week, I decided to post a blog on the different toys I use to roll out (massage) my muscles. I received a bunch of feedback via Twitter and the various Facebook groups I belong to. Thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it.

I decided to share some more items I use from time to time that I feel help me keep my feet happy.  The blog is called foot toys because both items focus on the feet. Every runner knows that happy feet lead to a happy runner. It’s very important that we as athletes take out the time to give our feet the attention they deserve.

Toe Separators

This product is good for stretching the muscles toes and also taking relief off of bunions after a hard run or hard day’s work. Right when I started running, I was told by a foot specialist that I had weak arches. She suggested a list of stretches and also recommended I get some toe separators to stretch my toes. I usually wear them for five minutes. There are a few different kind of toe separators that are out on the market. The ones that I have are made by Flex-Tastic. They’re not uncomfortable at all. To be honest with you, it feels like the foam thingies they put on your feet at the nail salon. It’s recommended that you refrain from walking or standing when you have them on. This may cause injury to your feet.

Foot Rubz Ball

When I tell you this thing is the business! It’s the business. I’m so happy I purchased the Foot Rubz ball. The same foot specialist recommended I get this to loosen up the fascia in the bottom of my feet. At the time I had a case of plantar fasciitis.  The Foot Rubz ball actually stimulates acupressure points in your feet, helping to relieve soreness and pain. When you roll the ball under your feet, it begins to relax and eliminate tension. The depth of the massage is controlled by how much pressure is applied while rolling the ball under the foot. Did the Foot Rubz ball alone cure my PF? No. I had a series of stretches I was instructed to do as well.  But even today, I try to use it at some point during the day to loosen up the bottom of my feet. I don’t advise using it right after a run. You muscles and tendons are very loose and tender. Extra pressure might be more harmful than helpful.

By now you can tell that I highly recommend athletes take care of their feet. Why? Let me give you an analogy. Think of a butcher and his knives compared to an everyday Joe with a kitchen knife. The butcher uses his knives and cutting utensils everyday. Therefore he must keep them sharp and he does everything he can to keep them in good condition. The average Joe at home does not necessarily use his kitchen knife everyday. Therefore, it’s no big deal if he uses a knife to make a sandwich, washes it and puts it back in the shelf. Now think of your feet as the butcher’s knife. Since you put more mileage on your feet than the average person, you must take extra care of them. This products are also good for individuals who have jobs or professions where they are on their feet a lot such as waitresses, doctors, nurses, construction workers, dancers, etc.

I hope this tidbit of info has helped you. Like always, I love feedback. So drop me a message below and let me know what you think.

Love, Peace, and Sweat,

Monisha R.

Monisha Randolph is the author of Runner’s Revelations: How Running Changed My Walk. To learn more about Monisha or to purchase a copy of her book please visit www.runnersrevelations.com. Feel free to follow her on Twitter and join her Fan Community on Facebook.

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