Simple foot pain can be underlying signs of more serious foot problems, such as plantar fasciitis or hammertoe. However, stretching your toes sideways may be one potential exercise that can help treat your feet and prevent foot pain. Although stretching seems to be a simple activity, it can greatly improve the overall health of your feet.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet contact Dr. LeKeisha George from Forest Hills Podiatric Medical Care. Dr. George will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching Your 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.
Good ways to stretch your feet are:
- 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 offices located in Forest Hills, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.