You may think that feet are not very important body parts but you are wrong. When it comes to physical activity, they are the most overloaded and hard working. They support your movements and if you take care of them, you won’t suffer from knee, back and hip pain.
The following 5 exercises will help prevent pain, strengthen your feet, and improve your balance.
Before engaging in any exercise you should warm up your feet, just like any other body part. Top presses will warm up your feet. They are a low impact warm-up with a relaxing movement. Stand straight and bend your knees slightly. Use your toes to grip the floor and hold this position while counting to three. Release slowly and do 10 reps. Do this three times a day.
- Toe Walking
For this toe exercise, you don’t have to be a ballerina. Toe walking will strengthen the toe muscles, the muscles around the balls of your feet and ligaments as well. You just need to stand on your tiptoes and walk forward for 20 seconds. Then take a break for 10-15 sec and repeat the exercise 5 more times.
You should do this exercise 2 times a day for better results.
- Ankle Circles
Ankle flexibility and mobility are very important. Unhealthy ankles which are restricted and tight may overload the rest of the body which causes joint and muscle pain. If your muscles are tight you may suffer from hip, knee and back pain.
To do this exercise, you will need to put your back to the floor and extend one leg over your head. Then rotate the extended leg’s ankle clockwise and count to 10. Do the same with the other leg.
You can target the small muscles in your feet with this exercise. These muscles are important in maintaining the balance. You can prevent injuries by strengthening these muscles.
You will require an exercise band to perform this exercise. Straighten your feet while sitting on the floor. Use a chair or a bedpost to wrap an exercise band around it. Then place the band on top of your feet. Remain seated on the floor and slide back. Stop when you feel tension in the band. Flex your foot backwards. Hold this position for a count to 5, release slowly. Repeat the same movement 10 times.
- Toe Pencil Pickups
Toe pencil pickups are quite easy and you can do them anywhere. Just take a pencil and stand in front of the pencil. Grab the pencil with the toes and lift it off the ground. Hold for 10 sec then drop the pencil. Repeat 5 times for each foot. You will need 20 minutes for this exercise.