Valentine’s Day – An Easy Gift Idea

With only a few days left until Valentine’s Day, you may be waiting or still searching for something to do for your sweetheart.   We have a great idea for those of your still searching or looking for something a little different.  A spa quality foot massage without leaving the home!  If you receive our Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists’ February newsletter, then you already know what we are talking about.  If not, read on and consider signing up for our simple newsletter delivered to your email monthly.


There are a variety of things you can do to pamper that special someone’s feet.  Anyone can appreciate a nice warm soak at the end of a long workday.  Just remember to dry the feet well, especially between the toes, when they are through.  Then have them kick back as you treat them to a spa quality massage.


When it comes to massage, lotions with an oil component, massage oil, or a plain old bottle of baby oil are best.  Remember not to overdo it and be sure to keep a towel or two handy in case you use a little too much.  Use your thumbs to slowly massage the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes.  Try to use long, slow strokes to avoid tickling your partner.  Focusing on the heels, arches, and balls of the feet will feel best as they are the easiest spots to be over used. Be sure to work the massage through the toes and the top of the foot for completeness.  The massaging motion can help facilitate blood flow to nourish and repair the feet.


Once you have the feet ‘warmed up’, work on moving around the joints to eliminate any stiffness or aches that may have set in.  Grasping the heel of the foot slowly move it up and down as well as in and out.  Keep the motions slow and simple to avoid over extending or causing any discomfort.  You can further the in and out motions in the middle of the foot and up and down motions at the toes.  Repeat as warranted and think about sharing a foot message after V-day is over.


Until next time, keep your feet and ankles happy and healthy, Austin!

Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
Founder and Managing Partner of Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists
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