Stretching the feet can be a critical way for a person to increase mobility and flexibility in each foot. One way in which a person might go about stretching the feet is by performing certain yoga stretches. The yoga tradition approaches foot stretches by essentially conceiving the feet as having four “points.” There are two points in the ball of the foot, one at the big toe and one at the pinky toe. And then there are also two points on the heel of the foot, one on either side of the heel. By identifying the feet as containing four different points, a person performing yoga stretches the feet in an even and balanced manner. If you are someone that is looking to stretch their feet by using yoga methods, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for more information.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the 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. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Great ways to stretch your feet:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull 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
Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.
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