Research Shows Foot Muscles Can Help Provide Arch Support
Research conducted by a University of Queensland PhD student proved that the plantar fascia is not exactly alone when it comes to giving arch support to the feet. Actually, a number of muscles are activated to assist the foot’s arch, as two experiments conducted in the study came to show.
The first experiment entailed weighing down subjects’ knees with weights and observing how the muscles in their feet reacted. The second experiment involved electrically stimulating these tissues. The researchers learned that the arch rose with the weight, which suggested the muscles activated in order to provide support. The scientists involved hope this research will have impact the practice of foot rehabilitation, with an emphasis on muscle strengthening.
It is wise to keep the feet active and healthy. For advice on how to exercise the feet, feel free to get in contact with podiatrist Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov can measure your feet while providing advice on keeping the feet healthy.
Exercise for Your Feet
If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.
Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.
Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.
Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.
Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.
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