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One thing that many people take for granted every day is their feet. Not many think about how your feet carry you around every day, to work, back home, to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the grocery store, and so on. And how do you thank them? By cramming them into tight 4-inch stilettos when you go clubbing on the weekend or keeping them shut up in smelly socks all day.
Our friends at a prosthetic company in Twin Falls have put together a list of ways that you can strengthen and work your feet out to keep them in great shape for helping you with your day to day tasks.
Toe Curling/Gripping
While you’re sitting on the couch after a long day at work, pull your socks off and start curling your toes. This strengthens the muscles in your feet and helps improve balance when you pair that with gripping items. Try gripping and picking up small items like your sock or a pen.
Toe Stretching
Just like any other muscle in your body, your feet and toes need stretching too. Can you stretch each individual toe voluntarily? Try this when you’re lounging around at home. Start with your big toe and work your way down. If you can’t stretch your toes voluntarily, use your hands to gently stretch each toe for 10-15 seconds.
Calf Raises
You get a double bonus with calf raises, strengthening calf and feet muscles. Have you ever been doing calf raises and felt your feet start to burn? Good! That means it’s working. This exercise also helps you to improve balance. Try doing this in your spare time or when you’re on a break at work or standing in line at the grocery store.
Walk Barefoot
Because your feet need to breathe too, set them free and walk barefoot in the grass across your front yard, or even just around your living room. Feel every movement in your foot and sense every surface that it touches. If you do walk around barefoot, watch out for obstacles that can cause harm to your feet – like sharp rocks hidden in the grass or furniture that you can stub your toe on.
Focus On the Edges
While standing, or sitting with your feet on the ground in front of you, roll your feet first to the outer edge and hold for 10-15 seconds and then move to the inner edge of your feet. Repeat a few times and feel the tension release from your feet as they are stretched in a way that you don’t usually focus on.
Take care of your feet. They should be just as fit as you are, or more. Treat them with respect and take the time to do some of these strengthening exercises the next time you are just sitting at home.
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