3 Exercises to Improve Your Foot Health

by | Dec 13, 2017 | Balance and Flexibility, Be Active, Self Care | 0 comments

We’ve heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, it turns out that, in the long term, too much standing isn’t all that great for us either. In fact, long-term effects of standing are back problems and muscle damage.

 

Why Exercise Your Feet?

To begin with, foot strength directly affects foot mechanics, gait, ankle stabilization, and whole-body balance. Surprisingly, you may develop stress fractures from overuse, and plantar fasciitis from over-pronation or too-flexible shoes. As a result, you may experience significant pain and poor movement ability. Further, injuries are likely if you have tight calf muscles, or are overweight. (CommonFootInjuries)

Given these points, your feet need training and conditioning as much as the rest of your body. In the long run, foot and ankle exercises improve foot strength and movement. 

 

3 Exercises to Improve Your Foot Health for Balance, Comfort, and Flexibility

Bicyclists, dancers, runners, walkers — in general, anyone who wears shoes, will benefit from these exercises. Interestingly, muscles become stiff and painful when you stand or walk all day.

With this in mind, spend a few minutes every hour or so to stretch, relax, and lengthen tightened muscles with these three exercises.

  1. Calf Raises with Rotation
  2. Toe Raises
  3. Ankle/Foot External/Internal Rotation

 

 

In addition, you can find help for your other extremity in this blog post: Simple Hand Exercises

 

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