Walking regularly is a great overall exercise that can help you lose weight and it is also great for your feet. When you walk you put your feet through a range of motion that helps to strengthen and stretch your feet with each step that you take. Walking also helps to improve blood circulation, increase muscles tone and generally put us in a healthier mental state.
But, when our feet hurt it’s difficult to do many of the day to day activities we take for granted. Often painful feet are the reason why once active people become inactive. It becomes just too painful to standup and walk around. Getting back on your feet and staying pain free can be as simple as doing a few simple exercises on a regular basis. These exercises can help strengthen your feet, keep them flexible and help your feet stay pain free so you can stay active.
• Raise and curl toes 10 times, holding each position for a count of five.
• Put a rubber band around both big toes and pull your feet away from each other. Count to five. Repeat 10 times.
• Pick up a towel with your toes. Repeat 3-5 times.
• While seated and feet flat on the floor, pump your feet up and down to stretch the calf and shin muscles. Do this for about 2-3 minutes
• Roll your feet on a golf ball or tennis ball for 60-90 seconds
• While seated on a flat surface with your feet out in front of you, place a towel around the ball of your foot. Gently pull the towel toward your chest to stretch your calf muscle and the ligaments in your feet.
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