Keeping the feet stretched and limber is important due to stress that is put on them on a daily basis. Taking a couple minutes each day to stretch out your feet can help prevent foot injuries. There are five simple stretches to help you do this. The first exercise is a towel stretch. Sit on the floor with your legs right in front of you and place a towel around your toes. Then slowly pull the towel towards you. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds each time and do three sets of these. The next exercise is towel lifts. For this one, you will sit in a chair and place a towel on the floor. The point of this exercise is to try lifting the towel off the ground with just your toes. Do this five times on each foot. The third stretch is called the step stretch. This involves standing with your toes on a step with your heels hanging off the edge. Slowly lower your heels down, hold for 10 to 15 seconds and then lift your heels back to the starting position. This should be repeated 5 to 10 times. The fourth stretch is the toe stretch and the most basic one of them all. For this exercise, you will sit in a chair with your feet on the floor and toes spread apart. This position should be held for a few seconds and then repeated 10 times. The final exercise is called the foot roll. This entails taking a golf ball, and rolling it back from your toes to your heels. A tennis ball is also frequently used. Doing these five stretches just for a bit each day will help to prevent injuries in the long run.
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 New Jersey Foot & Ankle Centers. 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.
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