Various injuries can happen to the feet, and stretching the feet may be beneficial in strengthening the affected foot. It is helpful to be aware of existing pain levels, and beginning slowly will accomplish this. Intensity and repetition may be increased as the foot becomes stronger, and stretching will become easier. Calf stretches can help the heel and Achilles tendon. A calf stretch is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel until a gentle stretch is felt. It is helpful to monitor pain levels as stretches are performed, and this can be an accurate gauge of building strength. It is suggested to hold the stretch for 30 seconds and perform several repetitions. If you would like more information about the benefits of stretching the feet, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you with the knowledge you are seeking.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Larry Cohen from New York City. 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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