There are simple stretches that can be done which can improve the strength and flexibility of the feet. This is also true for reducing existing foot pain when practiced several times per week. Toe raises are effective in keeping the toes strong and are begun by sitting in a chair with the feet on the floor. This is followed by raising the heels and keeping the toes steady on the floor while slowly curling the toes inward. Practicing toe splays can help to improve control over the toe muscles. This can easily be done by sitting in a chair and spreading the toes as far apart as possible without straining. It is helpful to repeat this stretch several times. The big toe can be stretched by placing one foot over the opposite thigh while gently pulling the big toe up and down. It can also be rotated from side to side. The soles of the feet can become stronger by picking up marbles one at a time with the toes and placing them in a small bowl. This can be repeated several times on each foot. If you would like to have more information about effective foot and toe stretches, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.
Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet
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 Montgomery Foot Care Specialists. our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.
- Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
- Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
- Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
- Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.
It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.