Many people who enjoy running have a goal of running in a marathon. Because the feet pound the ground consistently for twenty-six miles on the day of the marathon, in addition to several weeks of training that occurs prior to the marathon, it is important to wear running shoes that fit correctly. It is also important to frequently perform stretching exercises that can benefit the feet. The big toe maintains balance when toe stretches are practiced, and this is helpful in propelling the body forward as you run. Towel scrunches are an effective way to stretch the toes. These are accomplished by sitting in a chair with a towel under one foot, and grasping the towel with the toes to bring it closer to the body. Since there are many different foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information.
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.
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