Is your father a bit stubborn and not willing to see other’s viewpoints? Was he someone people noticed when he came into a room? Does he seem to feel overburdened by life’s events? Those were the questions that popped out of my mouth after a student described her father’s feet to me. She promptly told me I must have met her father because I described him exactly. Interesting... since they lived thousands of miles away!

Foot Reading, the art of being able to understand a person’s personality or how they perceive themselves by the size and shape of their toes and feet is an amazing tool to have in our library of knowledge that, as Reflexologists, we gather through the years to better help our clients. And, of course, the more we know about ourselves, the more we can help others as well.

Hearing the student describe her father’s feet; oversized, very rigid with stiff toes and full of edema gave me a clue as to why he was dealing with neck and back problems. His having stiff toes gives us the reflexology clue that his neck is stiff and via Foot Reading, that tells me he has difficulty seeing other’s viewpoints. If he were willing to change that rigid way of being it would stand to reason that his neck would become looser and his toes would also. It’s easy to see how our emotions and how we view the world affects our health. What is amazing is to see how those thoughts and emotions literally manifest in our bodies. In this case through the feet.

When we are born and throughout our childhood, our feet are supple and smooth with no apparent problems. The length of the toes, the size of the feet, are determined by our genes. Those show our inherent personality traits. As we experience life and our feelings and beliefs about ourselves change, our toe shapes and feet change. Our beliefs about ourselves are shaped by events that cause us to make decisions about who we think we are. Many times we think we are one way but try to show the world another. When you know how to read the feet, those underlying feelings and perceptions are as plain as the nose on your face. It is fun to see the surprise on someone’s face when you ask them a question about what you see in their feet. They are amazed that you can see things that they thought no one could see. Sometimes you can see things that someone is not even in touch with. At those times I give them the information and let them sit with it. More often than not I get a call resulting in their telling me that after some thought...I was right!

One lady had narrow feet, very petite feet. She was a hard worker and would go out of her way to help you if you needed it but what I saw was that if she could get others to do things for her, she would. She was good at subtly getting others to do what she didn’t really want to do. Now I don’t mean delegating, she would claim ignorance in a subject so that others would do it for her. I’d love to have that innate ability! My feet say otherwise. Mine are average size but wide. They say I am capable and hardworking, practical and down-to-earth. Yep...I feel like a workhorse sometimes...plodding through life getting my work done. I have trouble asking others to help me. Knowing that gives me a bit of insight about myself. I know I have to consciously make that effort to reach out. Knowing more about yourself can be so freeing. When something is known, then you have the choice to change or not. When you are not cognizant of aspects of yourself, how can you make positive changes?

Foot Reading can also be just plain fun! At a BBQ I was asked to look a woman’s husbands toes. The first impression I got looking at the length of his toes caused me to ask if what he did for a living was something that utilized his ability to see details and be methodical and yet be in touch with his intuitive side. In amazement he said he was a Homicide Detective!

One last thing I feel needs to be addressed and that is the mistaken impression that Foot Reading is a form of “fortune telling” and that it is like palm reading. In none of the books that are available on the subject of Foot Reading have I ever read that one could tell someone’s future with the feet. I only see how their ways of being are now or have been in the past. Sorry, can’t tell you if you will win the Lotto or meet the man or woman of your dreams….but I can tell you about certain personality traits you might want to watch out for!

Author's Bio: 

Since the 60’s, Bobbi Warren, has studied, practiced and spread worldwide the news about Reflexology’s ability to heal through the feet and hands. One of only a few Seminar Trainers of the Ingham Method® for almost 30 years for the original school of Reflexology - The International Institute – Bobbi has traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Bobbi is nationally board certified (ARCB) in Reflexology and was President of the Reflexology Association of America for 2 terms and is presently serving on the Reflexology Association of California’s Board as Vice-President. She has appeared in numerous newspapers, TV and radio shows and is a speaker at state and national conferences. Bobbi is the author of What My Feet Say About Me—The Art of Foot Reading to Better Understand Yourself and Others. She also incorporates Wellness Coaching in her practice in San Diego, California. For fun she races very big sailboats. For information about Foot Reading Seminars and Webinars or to order Bobbi’s book visit The Foot Ladies. E-mail: