According to top Scottsdale podiatrist, Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, MBA, FABWCA, foot stretches are the key to preventing serious injuries. Just like any other body part that needs stretching before and after exercising, your feet need daily stretching. They are constantly used every single day while being active or inactive. It is critical to take care of them to help prevent unnecessary injuries.
Dr. Forman and his specialized Scottsdale team at Put Your Feet First suggest the following exercises daily.
- The Towel Stretch: On the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, take a dish towel and place it around your toes and pull the towel towards your head (gently, but hard enough to feel the stretch). Hold for about 15-30 seconds and let go. Repeat three times.
- Towel Lifts: Sit in a chair and place a towel on the floor and lift the towel with your toes. For a challenge, try lifting it with your little toes. Repeat 5 times for each foot.
- Step Stretch: Stand with your toes on a step of a staircase with your heels off the edge. Lower your heels down for about 10-15 seconds, and then lift to return to the starting position. Repeat 7 times.
The Toe Stretch: In a chair with your feet on the floor, spread your toes apart for a few seconds and then release. Repeat 10 times.
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