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How Foot Stretching Can Help With Foot and Ankle Health

Stretching the feet regularly can play a significant role in preventing foot and ankle problems and maintaining overall foot health. Targeted stretches such as toe splays, Achilles stretches, and big toe stretches help improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and reduce tension in the feet and ankles. Toe splays involve spreading the toes apart to alleviate tightness and improve mobility. Achilles stretches target the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, enhancing the range of motion and reducing strain on the heel. Big toe stretches help maintain flexibility in the joint, promoting proper gait mechanics and preventing conditions like bunions and plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can offer valuable guidance on appropriate stretching techniques and recommend a personalized stretching routine based on individual needs and existing foot issues.  Additionally, podiatrists can assess biomechanical imbalances and provide custom orthotics or other interventions to complement stretching exercises and optimize foot health. If you would like to learn more about maintaining good foot and ankle health, including stretching, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss this further.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . Our doctors 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 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 one, 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 and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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