Did you know that annually 250,000 walkers are sidelined due to foot and ankle pain? Whether their discomfort is a result of a new injury, or an old injury has flared up due to overuse, the result is the same—pain. The feet may be the most neglected parts of the body, yet they are also vital to daily activity. What can you do to prevent injuries to the feet?
The answer may seem counter-intuitive, but exercising the feet and ankles is one of the best means of injury prevention available. Consulting with Dr. Patel about the best exercises for your feet will give you the most beneficial results.
You might not consider the importance of stretching the calf muscles in order to keep your feet pain-free. However, tight calf muscles can lead to both foot and heel pain. After you stretch your calf muscles, stretch the toes. Sit on a chair with a rubber band placed around the toes. Now, spread your toes apart. After 5 seconds, repeat, and then do 10 reps. Adding a band will increase the resistance.
The arch is often the source of foot pain. Stretch your arches by holding your toes and pulling them gently toward you. This is a great exercise to work the feet after a run.
There are some fun exercises that you can do while you are sitting down to rest. Gather up marbles with your toes, tap your feet while keeping your heels on the floor, or write the alphabet with your toes while your foot is raised. Need to move a little? Try walking on your toes, and then switch to your heels. Preventing injuries to the feet and ankles will save you a lot of pain and frustration.
Is foot or ankle pain keeping you from enjoying your daily activities? Podiatrist Sanjay Patel understands that life is more enjoyable with healthy feet. Call for an appointment today at our Hamden, CT office at (203)288-4055, or the Milford, CT office at (203)876-7736. You can also schedule an appointment online.