Avoid Neglecting Foot Care by Stretching
Nearly 75 percent of Americans suffer from foot problems during their lifetime. While most problems occur through genetics, neglectful behaviors of the feet can also become problematic. With the help of foot stretches, feet can become stronger and more flexible to help prevent injury. Regular care of the feet can rejuvenate the lower extremities back to health and improve ease of movement.
Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of 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 such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.
Good ways to stretch your feet are:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling 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
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Fort Lee, NJ, Flushing, NY and Brooklyn, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.