Our lives are hectic, and if you work in an office, largely sedentary. After sitting at a desk all day you may find yourself too tired or otherwise occupied at the end of the day to make time to exercise. The good news is, you can at least exercise and stretch your feet while at work. The feet are the foundation of the body so stretching them is important. Not only does it improve their strength and flexibility, it also reduces your risk of foot and ankle injuries, as well as pain. There are a variety of simple stretches that can be done at your desk. You can perform toe raises, where you lift your toes while keeping your heels on the ground, or calf raises, where you stand in front of your desk and raise your heels off of the floor. During breaks, take the stairs or walk around the hallways to obtain more light exercise. For additional information on stretching and strengthening your feet, talk to a podiatrist today.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M from Florida. Dr. Klein 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.
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