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Strong Feet May Help the Overall Body

The overall health of the body may improve when the feet feel good. This can be accomplished by performing specific foot stretches that may help foot strength and flexibility. Research has shown that strong feet may reduce the chances of falling and getting hurt, and exercises and foot stretches can be practiced several days per week. An effective stretch is called the toe raise, point and curl stretch, and can be performed while sitting in a chair. This is done by curling the toes under the feet, followed by lifting them up. The toes can become stronger while spreading them as far apart as possible, which is effective in strengthening the muscles and tendons between the toes. A toe curl is done by picking up a towel or marble with the toes, releasing, and then repeated several times. The big toe is important in maintaining balance in the body, and can be strengthened by pulling it forward and back. If you would like to learn about additional ways to stretch the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct techniques.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Tin Quach  from Foot Center. Our doctor 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 to determine 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 exercise, 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 to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in McAllen, and Weslaco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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