Feet and More Feet
A foot fetish is a sexual interest in feet. In other words, feet, toes, and ankles turn you on. This particular preference for feet can vary from person to person. Some people are turned on just by looking at feet. Others may find painted nails, jewelry, or other adornments appealing. Still others get sexual satisfaction in foot treatments, such as massaging or worshiping feet.
In each instance, a foot fetish begins as a bit of curiosity. It turns out that foot fetishes aren’t a rare phenomenon. (Consider this report on the links between foot and breast cancer.) The desire to look at feet (or better yet touch their skin) runs in families, academic institutions, and even cults. Regardless of where it comes from, some people develop a fetish just for looking at feet. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to suggest that genetics, childhood trauma, or pornography are all involved in some cases. My own experience shows that it is not impossible that a foot fetish could develop after one finds themselves bored or lonely. When I was a boy, and particularly at a young age, being bored made my will to look at and touch feet (or other body parts) grow strong. Anyone who has experienced loneliness knows how terrifying it can be to gradually lose interest in what you’ve been doing for eight to ten months. That’s precisely what happened to me. When my mother remarried, I was essentially homeless. I was going through a divorce at the time as well, and also ran away from home at a young age. This recipe for boredom caused my will to examine my body to make me feel rewarding to grow stronger to increase my desire to touch feet. Over and over, I would return home from the park and hang out with my siblings. It didn’t matter if the park was in the dead of night. I would return and spend hours looking at people’s feet or playing in warehouses with our neighbors. Eventually, I grasped the importance of looking at people’s feet. People who walk normally are easy to see. People who walk with a limp, shuffle, or have other foot-related deformities are put off by normal feet. Anyone who finds themselves bored and begins to study the feet of others is likely to develop a foot fetish. When I began doing this, my curiosity was piqued. I figured if abnormal foot fetishes exist, they must also exist among humans. After all, foot fetishes have been reported in cultures throughout human history. Perhaps my interest in touching feet was a direct result of my misfortunate upbringing. That conditioning made my personality more receptive to discovering abnormal fetishes — and I would like to think that my initial interest in foot exploration and my development of a foot fetish was due to childhood trauma. Being bored is a common, painful experience for anyone.
To create this love of feet, it helps to capture a moment or three. A recent study showed that investing three seconds identifying an item paired with a feeling of romantic rivalry will trigger our foot fetish. One element the study didn’t explore? Which item was paired with which of these feelings. That said, there are a few hints. If you happen to document your sexuality via journaling, you might notice the beginnings of foot worship — aka foot fetishism — a few journal entries in. For example, tell the story for 30 minutes about someone you love and are attracted to, even if they don’t live in the same room or even know you or have met in person. Do this three times. In three days you’ll recall memories that will turn you on. Maybe even trigger a foot fetish you hadn’t considered. If you lack time to spend journaling about your love life especially if you’re still jonesing after hooking up with your crush, recall five memories that vividly capture your nostalgic feelings and show you being loved. I’ve used this technique to distraction just with my boyfriend. We often do these self-therapy sessions when we miss being in love. If the setting is too stimulating, we bring one item from the list above. Either a plant, stationery item, or a print from one of my books. A lot of our foot worship occurs naturally or as a result of stimulating or embarrassing moments linked to our sexual interests. Tell me your experiences with these activities. The everyday foot fetish can now be viewed outside of work times. You can find videos of feet, feet being worshiped, foot replacement kits, ankle raters, footgear, and more on vrboobs.com. American otaku — men and women who love anime, comic books, and video games — have an even bigger foot fetish. Ask any Japanese male and they’ll likely answer with a resounding, “Yeah, let’s make this fetish a thing.” Putting it all together — the lover’s list, the triggered foot fetish, and the visual material — makes for an especially potent eroticism.
Entire industries have grown up around footoya — the practice of performing sexual acts on feet. These activities have a variety of names, including foot fetishism and foot fetishism massage. Foot lover websites are breeding grounds for those seeking foot play. The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists defines foot fetishism as, “a sexual interest in feet or ankles. An individual may be attracted to both men and women, or to both soledad lovers and to barefoot people.” Here are just a few of the various reasons why you might find yourself attracted to feet: Leduc Hospital Counseling and Research Services, in their publication Foot Problems, notes that foot pain, in particular, is a common reason that people seek medical help. These problems can range from mild to more serious. They mention that foot pain can instead be a sign of pressure sores due to a physical deformity. Metatarsal stress fractures also can occur from sitting on hard surfaces for a long time. Social isolation due to many people being confined to their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak can cause psychological foot issues related to poor mental health. Foot-related complications can be limiting, including skin infection, foot pain, and could even result in metatarsal fractures. Your foot pain may be a sign that you’re having an affected nerve, specifically the tarsal tendon. A nerve simply means one of the five senses. Affected nerves communicate with the brain and body, sending instructions to your muscles, joints, and body. A nerve affords us the ability to feel, see, hear, and taste tactile sensations. Additionally, foot pain may be a warning sign that you may have a diseased or inflamed foot. An affected tarsal tendon may come with pressure sores as well as pain from your toes pinching or grinding against anything hard. This pain can be caused by a condition called metatarsalgia. Metatarsal pain is most commonly associated with aging but can occur at any age. You don’t necessarily have to perform sexual acts to get your foot fix — there are other, non-surgical options. Massaging and applying ointments can help relieve pressure from metatarsal pain. Relying on health professionals to accompany you in this process is never a bad idea. Foot massage, oral sex, or sexual touching can improve foot pain or improve your mood. If you’re not sure what foot massage or worship entails, an oral sex handbook from Goodin Dental Care is a great resource.