We rely on our feet more than we ever give them credit for. They carry us from place to place and if we don’t keep them healthy, we can experience discomfort all the way to the tops of our bodies.
Keeping your feet strong can have a tremendous impact on your health. If you are looking for foot strengthening exercises, read on.
1. Toe Stretch
Take your left hand and place it under your right foot with your fingers pointing in the same direction as your toes. Weave your fingers in between your toes, grasp your foot and then tug gently. Roll your ankle in semi-circles. Repeat on the opposite side. You may be surprised at just how relaxing this exercise is.
2. Arch Massage
Take a tennis ball, a street hockey ball or even a baseball and roll it under the ball of your foot. Sit in a comfortable chair, place the ball on the floor and put your foot on top of it. Roll the ball back and forth under your foot for as long as you like. Switch to the other foot when you are ready.
Stand up and place your hands on a wall for stability. Raise yourself up onto your tiptoes and hold the position for about 10 seconds. Slowly lower yourself back down to the floor. Repeat the exercise 10 times.
4. Toe Curls
This exercise is done from a seated position. Place both feet on the floor and then scrunch your toes tightly. Release your toes slowly and repeat 10 times. It can help to place a rolled towel under your toes when you are first starting this exercise to give yourself something to grip.
5. Ankle Relaxation
If you are looking for an exercise that makes your feet feel amazing, this is the one. It is especially good for people who work on their feet all day. Stand up straight and brace yourself against a wall or counter. Lift your weak foot slightly, pointing the toe, and rotate your ankle in a circle. Return your foot to the floor and do the same with the opposite foot. Perform 10 circles with each foot.
6. Toe Lifts
You can do this exercise while seated or while standing and holding onto a counter. Put your feet flat on the ground and lift all your toes up. Try to lift your toes without lifting the ball of your foot or your heel. This exercise stretches out your arch as well as the muscles in the front and side of your calf.
When you have strong feet, you experience fewer aches and pains. Additionally, you will find that your posture improves, further lessening discomfort in your back, shoulders and neck. Try these exercises for yourself and see how much better you feel.
If you are experiencing foot pain that home remedies isn’t getting rid of, reach out to Dr. Elizabeth Auger’s Salt Lake City office. We will help you schedule an appointment and put you on the road to diagnosis, treatment and recovery.