There are many benefits for maintaining health and strength in the feet, and some can include improved muscle tone, circulation, and enhanced mood. While walking is considered to be one of the best exercises for the feet, recent research has suggested that stretching the feet prior to beginning a walk may be helpful in avoiding injuries. There are several effective choices for foot stretches, and it’s beneficial to combine workouts that include resistance exercises in addition to flexibility warm-ups. A powerful stretch to begin with involves sitting down and rotating the ankle in one direction while the foot is lifted, followed by moving the foot in the opposite direction and repeating on the other side. An effective resistance stretch for the heel consists of slipping your foot into an exercise band after wrapping it around the leg of a table, and a gentle stretch will be felt when the foot is flexed. For additional information on how to perform stretches for the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Great ways to stretch your feet:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
- Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
- Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle
Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.
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