Stretch for Success

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When you walk on your feet all day, it is very natural. Often it is so natural that we forget it is a form of exercise that tires out our feet after a long day. After exercising, it is always recommended to stretch out our tired muscles to help prevent cramps, the buildup of acids, and to prevent injuries.  Stretching your feet seems like a simple idea, but how do you start? What are the best stretches for your feet?

One very easy way to stretch out your feet is to start with your toes. This stretch can be done at home with an exercise band or just a towel. Take the band or towel of your choosing, wrap it around the tops of your toes, and take each of the ends in your hand. Gently and slowly pull back so that the toes are bending backward. Do not pull too much so that they ache or cramp.

Next, using a towel, grab a seat somewhere in your house. Throw the towel down onto the floor and then slip your toes underneath it. Lift your toes up so that they are picking the towel up.

After you’re done with your towel stretches, go find a set of steps in your home. Stand with your toes on the step and your heel hanging off of the step. Lower your heels, and then bring them back up over and over. This is a great way to help prevent plantar fasciitis.

After getting a good workout and stretch from the stairs, give yourself a break and sit down again. Put your feet flat on the floor and spread your toes out and hold the position for a few moments.

Lastly, grab a ball such as a tennis ball or a golf ball and put it under your foot. Roll your foot back and forth along the ball and allow the ball to stretch out your plantar arch. This exercise will also help prevent plantar fasciitis from sneaking up on you.

If you have tried all of these stretches and are still experiencing sore and tired feet, consider calling a podiatrist for a consultation. They can help you can determine if you should expand your stretching options or try an entirely different treatment. Call Achilles Foot and Ankle Surgery, PC located in Martins Ferry, Ohio and St. Clairsville, Ohio, as well as Wheeling West Virginia. There Dr. Bruce G. Blank will help you learn the stretches that are best for your feet both in the office and at home. Call 740-633-4188 or make an appointment online today.