How Beneficial Is Stretching the Feet?
Many patients can find mild relief when stretches are performed for specific foot conditions. Stretches that may ease the pain of plantar fasciitis are often successful in temporarily reducing discomfort, and completing daily tasks may become easier. Calf raises can strengthen the tendons in the calf muscles and heels, which can ultimately make the arch stronger. This is done by standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. A stretch that is known as doming can control the arch, which may help to prevent excess pronation. This is accomplished by pressing the toes down while standing, and keeping the heel firmly planted on the ground. The foot will form an arch, and this is an effective stretch when repeated several times. Towel curls are a popular stretch that can strengthen the entire foot. This is done by laying a towel on the floor, and picking it up by using only the toes. There are several stretches that can be done for various parts of the foot. If you would like more information about stretching the feet, it is suggested that you consult with 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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical Center . Our doctors 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 our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.