If your feet are aching, it may be because they aren’t stretched and maintained. If you exercise often or you’re just walking around and you feel your legs and feet aching, you may need to start strengthening your muscles. There are simple stretches designed to help target certain muscles in your legs and feet, which can alleviate pain and soreness. These stretches include squatting throughout the day, tai chi and yoga stances, and stretching your calves, quadriceps, hamstrings and thighs, back and hip.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet contact one of our podiatrists from West Coast Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
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 one of our offices located in Bradenton and Sarasota, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.