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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 one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Long Island. 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 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 one, 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 and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port Jefferson Station, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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