The Benefits of Performing Proper Foot Stretches

Monday, 04 June 2018 00:00

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body and it’s important to maintain strength by stretching and exercising the toes and ankles frequently. There are numerous ligaments and tendons that connect the bones in the feet to the calves and performing stretching techniques will benefit the overall health of the legs. Stiff ankles and feet may develop when the muscles are not strong enough to support the feet in daily activities. When certain stretches are practiced, the feet may become stronger. These may include circling your foot and then switching directions in addition to pointing and flexing the toes. Tight ankles may be avoided by performing stretches that strengthen the calves. This can be achieved by standing on the edge of a step while dropping the heel until a comfortable stretch is felt. Additionally, massaging the calves will not only feel good but may benefit in circulating blood to the legs. If you would like additional information about how to perform foot stretches, please call a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Amy Dunetz  from Amy Dunetz, DPM, MS. Our doctor 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Aventura and Davie, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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