Did you know that your feet need training and conditioning, just like the rest of your body? If you participate in sports or live an active lifestyle, your feet can absorb a lot of impact. When your feet aren’t strong or if they become injured, you may experience more serious health issues or injuries, such as lower back and knee pain.
Here are some foot strengthening exercises you can use to get you back on your feet after an injury or to simply strengthen them to prevent future injuries!
Stretch your ankle joint by rotating your foot in circles. To add resistance, try using a theraband. Pull on the band to create tension, and continue moving your foot in circles. This will improve the ankle joint mobility and strengthen the muscles in your feet.
While standing up, place your weight in your heels so you can lift your toes. Spread the toes away from each other without lifting them off the ground. This will strengthen the muscles that are usually weak from being compressed in shoes all day.
Flex your feet and balance on your heels. Walk like this for up to one minute. Switch and do this on your toes. This will help to strengthen the muscles in your shins, ankles, and feet.
These are just a few of the many stretches and strengthening exercises you can begin with to ensure your feet are conditioned correctly. If you’re experiencing any pain you think could be from a foot injury, come see us at RPT. We can help you get back to your active lifestyle.