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14 December 2016

Exercise your feet!

Exercise is an important part of keeping feet healthy. It tones up muscles, helps to strengthen arches and stimulates blood circulation. Read more...

It’s important that we look after our feet, especially as we get older. The Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists recommend the following exercises to help keep feet healthy:

1). Calf stretches help keep feet supple and keep a good range of movement. To stretch your calf and heel, stand facing a wall with feet hip width apart and slightly bent at the knee. Take one step forwards, and using your arms to lean against the wall, keep your front leg bent and the leg behind straight. Both feet should be flat on the ground.

2). Lean in towards the wall, as you do, you should feel your muscles stretching in your calf and heel. Hold and slowly return to a standing position. Do this with each leg about five times.

3). Circle your feet ten times in each direction, keeping your leg as still as possible.

4). Consciously straighten your toes and wriggle them around. Raise, point, then curl your toes for five seconds each, repeated ten times – this is particularly good for toe cramps or hammer toes.

5). Circle the alphabet with your feet.