As a Pilates teacher, I am constantly working with peoples' feet. Whether it's bone, muscle, ligament or tendon, small issues in the feet can lead to larger full body problems. For most people, simply maintaining the structural integrity of the arches of the feet is enough to stave off progressive foot problems. Learning how to lift the arches is one of the most effective foot exercises you can do, and yet most people overlook this key move to shape and maintain the arches of the feet.
You can quickly and easily help improve foot muscle strength, flexibility and movement with a focused foot posture program and specific foot care exercises. [Before following any advice, it is recommended that you consult with your physician if you suffer from any health problems or special conditions, or are in doubt about the suitability of any exercise.]
Foot pain is no small thing. Your feet carry the weight of your body, everywhere you go. Even more strain is put on the feet if you participate in active sports such as running, basketball, or dance. When you feel foot pain, it is important to do the proper foot exercises and stretches that will help you to recovery more quickly. Something to keep in mind is that while foot exercises and stretches will help tremendously, there are also some products that will aid you in pain prevention and recovery as well. Tuli’s® products are specifically designed to offer support and shock absorption during every day walking or vigorous physical activity. Whether you need Gaitors or Heel Cups, there is a product that will aid you during your foot stretches and exercises.
The Theraband foot exercises can be done seated in a chair, or lying on your back. Place the band lengthwise along the entire foot. Hold the ends of the bands with your hands. The tighter you hold the band (closer to your ankle) the more resistance/more difficult the exercise. The stronger the Theraband, the more challenging the exercises will be. Bands come in a variety of colors for increasing the difficulty. Work to maintain good knee, ankle, and foot alignment during each the exercises.
Physical Therapy: Ankle/Foot Exercises