An important benefit of frequently stretching the toes is to improve flexibility and range of motion. Strength is generally also improved, and this may contribute to reducing the risk of getting a bunion or plantar fasciitis. Many people enjoy practicing toe lifts. This is done by lifting the toes to the same height while standing, followed by holding this position for several seconds, and then repeating. An effective foot stretch is called the toe lift and spread, and is done while sitting with the feet on the floor. This is a similar stretch as the toe lift, and may be performed by using a resistance band around the toes, which can make it more challenging. Additionally, the big toe can be pulled by wrapping a towel around it while pulling the toe close to you. This can help to improve mobility in this toe, and the entire foot may benefit from it. If you would like additional information about the importance of stretching the toes, and how to accomplish this, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you in the right direction.
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 Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. 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.
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