Of the 600+ muscles in the body, 29 are associated with the feet. Ten of these muscles, known as global muscles, begin on the outside of the foot and work the foot and ankle joints. The other 19 muscles are intrinsic foot muscles and only work the foot itself, keeping the foot stable and in proper shape. Muscles in the feet need to work out and stretch as much as any other part of our bodies. Since we use our feet for everything, maintaining our health can help ensure comfort and well-being. Good intrinsic exercises for strengthening the feet include the short foot exercise, big toe lift, and toe splay. The short foot exercise involves sitting in a chair, having both feet flat on the ground, shoulder-width apart, with the toes flat, and pointing straight ahead. L all the toes up while maintaining contact on the floor with the ball of the foot. Lower the toes to the ground while engaging the muscles of the raised arch. Maintain this action for 30 seconds and repeat. The big toe lift is when you stand or sit with your feet together. Raise the big toe while the other toes remain on the ground. Toe splay can also be done sitting or standing with the feet shoulder-width apart. Spread your toes out as far as possible, without curling them or extending the toes. Hold the position for 8-10 seconds. If you want to learn more about maintaining the strength of your feet, contact a podiatrist who specializes in the feet and ankles.
Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Devin Bland, DPM from Prestige Medical Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Exercise for Your Feet
Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.
Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual.
Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.