Exercising your Feet

In order to improve your overall foot health, it is wise to exercise your feet every day. Walking is wonderful for your feet since the motion extends your foot from the time your heel hits the ground until you lift off with your toes.

Exercising your feet on a regular basis not only improves foot health, but may also reduce your risk of injury as your feet and ankles become stronger and can support your body more effectively. Walking is the best overall foot exercise because when you walk, you put your foot into its full range of motion, which is a great way to stretch and strengthen. 

Resistance helps your muscles strengthen by working against weight or bands. This type of exercise provides better support and protection for your feet as a whole. Exercise bands seem to be the most popular form of resistance training and could be used on your feet as easily as any other body part.

Routines can be built into your day and can even be done at work, home or as you are out and about. To avoid any injury, you may choose to be barefoot and have a chair, desk, or wall nearby that you can use for balance. Try not to do these exercises if they hurt you or cause discomfort and be sure to take some time to stretch first. If you have arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, or structural foot issues that might affect your ability to exercise, consult a podiatrist before you start your routine.

Ailments such as Athlete's foot, blisters, corns or calluses can occur when you are wearing improper athletic footwear. When you select the activity that fits you best, it is important to get the shoe that also fits you best. Heel pain, fasciitis or spurs can also interfere with any type of foot exercise, but can be treated easily so you can continue on your road to good health.

Our centers are conveniently located in St. Clair Shores, Macomb, and Warren, Michigan.  Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, and Adam Thompson, DPM all maintain the highest levels of accreditation and continue their education in order to stay ahead of the latest trends in podiatry.  If you would like to learn how to keep your feet healthy, trust the experts at Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers and schedule a visit by calling 586-779-6140 today.

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