The Importance Of Keeping Foot Muscles Strong
To maintain a good foundation for physical pursuits you need to keep your foot muscles strong. If your feet hurt or are injured, you are unable to move around. Always keep in mind the importance of building and strengthening the muscles of your feet. Maintaining strong foot muscles is the basis of enjoying an active lifestyle.
Paying Attention To Your Feet
Your Feet are made up of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. All of these absorb your weight and the shock of walking, running or jumping. Your feet are the bottom line for moving around. Proper shoes and socks help, but basic foot exercise builds strength and endurance, as well as performance. Using your feet too much or too little can often lead to needing some sort of attention. Maintaining strong foot muscles is important for any physical pursuits you may engage in.
Basic Foot Exercises
These exercises for your feet are basic and don’t involve equipment. They can be done anywhere. For more complicated foot manipulation, or if your foot is injured, you may need to see a physical therapist. Specialists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee are trained to offer high quality physical therapy care.
Ball Roll – rolling each foot on a lacrosse ball for about a minute is a good warm up that relives the tension of wearing shoes.
Walking Barefoot – Very basic and it can be done anywhere, but it is so important. Your feet need to walk without shoes to prevent atrophy. Walking on various terrain and for longer periods of time are recommended. Going barefoot on sand is good for stretching and strengthening your feet.
Towel Pull – While sitting, wrap a towel around the sole of your foot. Gently pull forward and you will feel a bit of tension. Try to hold this position for 30 seconds per foot. Several repetitions are a good idea.
Tip-Toe – Try standing on the tips of your toes for a count of 15. Doing this 3 times a day will help strengthen your feet.
Toe Lifting – Picking up small items with your toes builds strength in the muscles of the upper foot. Try this 3 times, lifting the item for 15 seconds, then dropping it. Marbles are good for this exercise.
Ankle Pump – Lift your foot off the ground and stretch up and down. A few each way are really effective for a large range of movement for foot muscles.
To Prevent Foot Problems
First, wearing proper footwear is the easiest way to prevent aches and pains in your feet. Your weight is also a factor in putting too much stress on your feet – keep the weight down! Being pro-active in preventing problems with regular exercise and stretching will help foot muscles support you and keep you active.
PHYSICAL THERAPY Helps Maintain Foot Health
After surgery or injury, the specialists at Elite Spine & Sports Care of Fort Lee offer therapy focused on gaining strength and durability. Our therapists are available to help you maintain strong foot muscles to keep your foundation secure. Whether the injury is to your foot, or to any part of your body, when your feet are in sound condition the rest of your body can respond to therapy. If you are suffering foot pain and feel the need of a physical therapist for foot issues, give us a call for an appointment at (201) 592-0800.