Fun insight: Never marry a man who can wiggle his little toe. He is most likely an impulsive, adventurous, charming flirt. Not really marriage material!
Many people believe, as is evident from Chinese traditional foot reading, that feet can reveal a lot about a person. It is necessary that you pamper and maintain the rudders of your feet—your toes.
Involuntary, inconspicuous toe wiggling needs to be a more conscious effort. (Trying it already, aren’t you?)
You ask why?
Tight shoes or a clomping walk can irreversibly tighten your toe muscles and shift your toes out of their natural alignment, upwards or outwards away from your inner arch. This interferes with their intended purpose of pushing your body upward and forward as you walk. The weight of your body instead abnormally shifts to other areas of your foot, causing foot ache, calluses, and bunions.
Stretch your toes to keep your toe muscles functional and agile.
Here’s how you benefit…
- It will prevent fungal infections like Athlete’s foot.
- It will improve balance while standing, walking, running, or climbing stairs.
- It will prevent hammer, claw, and mallet toes — toes that are bent into odd positions.
- It will strengthen your inner arch muscles, particularly the abductor hallucis. This prevents hallux valgus (bunions) and posterior tibial tendon dysfunction (progressive flatfoot).
- It will reduce your risks of toe and foot injuries.
- It can help treat insomnia.
This one needs a little explanation.
According to yoga theories, feet house energy channels called meridians that control the flow of energy throughout the body. Wiggling of toes stimulates these meridians and allows energy to flow freely through your body. This has a relaxing effect that helps you fall asleep.
- It can help preserve limbs in diabetics.
Wait for it…
Because diabetics have desensitized nerves, they may not be able to feel a serious foot wound or injury. Such wounds can worsen over time and have serious consequences like the need for an amputation. Wiggling your toes can improve blood flow to your feet, thus, helping an unnoticed sore or infection heal.
So, see? Wiggling your toes is not a childish habit that should be frowned upon.
Some of us can separate our toes more than others.
For the rest of us, it takes practice and perseverance to do so. Here are some effective yoga exercises to stretch your toes and wiggle them better.