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The Importance of Foot and Toe Stretches

Many podiatrists cannot stress the importance of stretching the feet enough. When the feet are frequently stretched, foot pain and fatigue may be reduced, and circulation can be improved. The feet can tire from standing or walking for several hours during the day, in addition to wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. A common foot stretch is known as a calf or runner’s stretch. This is done by standing on a step while lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. The movement of the foot is controlled by two calf muscles, which connect to the Achilles tendon. These muscles can generally be tight, and performing a runner’s stretch can be an effective way to loosen them. The muscles in the feet that provide movement to the toes are called intrinsic muscles, and are located between the metatarsal bones. They can weaken with age, and stretching them properly may slow down this process. There are numerous stretches that can be done for the feet and toes, and if you would like more information about how to perform these, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner 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 Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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