We often think of flexibility as being an important part of physical fitness - but when was the last time that you thought about the flexibility of your feet? The feet are often neglected when it comes to stretching and improving flexibility. This is unfortunate, as the feet can greatly benefit from being flexible. Our feet absorb shock when we walk or run while also acting as rigid levers for pushing off the ground. By molding and adapting to the surfaces that we walk on, our feet help keep us balanced. When the feet are too rigid, stiff, and inflexible, their ability to absorb shock, push off from the ground, and balance ourselves may be impaired. For this reason, stretching your feet daily is very important. To learn about how to stretch your feet to improve their flexibility, please consult with a podiatrist.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. 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 our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.