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Foot exercises to maintain healthy feet

The easiest foot exercise to maintain healthy feet is to simply take a walk. Every muscle has a purpose, so walking will utilize most of them. Conveniently, you can exercise your feet indoors and prevent any approaching rain and snow. You can even watch your favorite show and still do a few foot exercises – there truly isn’t an excuse (unless you have a serious foot injury)!

There are two basic kinds of exercises: flexibility exercises and resistance exercises. Flexibility exercises improve your feet’s flexibility and make them less prone to tendon injuries as a consequence. No matter your age, exercising will make your feet more limber, even though they have naturally become stiffer over the years. This primarily happens through the stretching of certain muscle groups within the foot. Resistance exercises are basically muscle building exercises involving weights or exercise bands. Strong muscles ensure your feet stay strong and less vulnerable to all kinds of internal injuries.

A few great exercises to start with:

  • Try to grip and lift a soft object off the floor. Hold the object for a few seconds, release it, and repeat this exercise five times with each foot.
  • Wrap an elastic band around all five toes. Expand your toes, hold for five seconds, release, and repeat this exercise five times with each foot.
  • Balance on one foot and rise up onto your toes. Hold for 10 seconds, then lower, and repeat this exercise ten times on each foot.

The following websites display further exercises for your daily use. Please don’t hesitate to consult your podiatrist if you have any questions!


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