Exercises for Healthy Feet

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Exercising your feet on a regular basis not only improves overall foot health, but may also reduce your risk for injury. Walking is the best overall foot exercise. When you walk in supportive and well-fitting shoes, you put your foot through its full range of motion, from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes. Moreover, walking is one of the best forms of exercise for your entire body. It improves your cardiovascular health and can help your circulation, muscle tone, and mood.

In addition to walking, flexibility and resistance exercises can also help keep your feet healthy. These exercises will improve flexibility help keep your feet limber and may reduce your risk for injury. Don’t worry if your feet have grown stiff with age; studies show that no matter how old you are, you can still improve your flexibility. The easiest way to build flexibility is through slow and gentle daily stretches, focusing on one group of muscles at a time. The following exercises are provided courtesy of Harvard Medical School.

Simple Workouts to Stretch and Strengthen your Feet

  • Limber up - To limber up your foot before attempting other exercises, try this.:


1. Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor.

2. Lift your left leg so your foot is off the floor and use your big toe to make circles in the air, moving in a clockwise direction, for 15 to 20 rotations.

3. Reverse direction and make another 15 to 20 circles, this time in a counterclockwise direction.

4. Repeat with your right foot.

  • Bottom of foot - To stretch the muscles on the bottom of your feet:


1. Stand with feet together.

2. Step back with your left leg so your heel is raised and your toes press against the ground. You should feel the muscles on the bottom of your feet pull gently.

3. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds.

4. Repeat with your right foot.

  • Heel exercises - To stretch the back of your heel:


1. Loop an exercise band around the leg of a heavy piece of furniture, such as a table or desk.

2. Sitting directly in front of it, slip your foot into the loop so the exercise band curls around your forefoot, just below your toes.

3. Pull back with your forefoot, flexing at the ankle. Hold for several seconds, then relax. You should feel a stretch along the back of your heel.

4. Repeat 10 to 15 times.

5. Repeat with your other foot.

These exercises can be a part of your daily routine, as well as a way to limber up and stretch your feet prior to walking or any other kind of exercise. Paired with the right shoes and the perfect fit, exercising your feet will keep you moving, happy, and healthy.

Images courtesy of Harvard Medical School.

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