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The feet are some of the most used and dynamic parts of the body, and due to this title they must be simultaneously strong and stable while also being flexible and malleable. To increase foot strength, short foot exercises such as arch strengthening can help contract the muscles in the feet. Various short foot exercises include toe splaying or moving the toes away from each other, big toe presses or pressing the big toe into the floor while extending the other four toes, leg swings, and calf raises to big toe presses.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Athletes who desire to increase agility, jump higher, and run faster should consider instability training, a form of exercise that involves the use of rubber bands, mini-trams, and balance boards to work all areas of the feet, ankles and lower legs as well as the knees, hips, and back. Beginning with the feet and ankles, this form of training particularly focuses on strengthening the body from the ground up.

Exercises involve changing positons on the tram or boards, standing on one foot at a time on a mini-trampoline for 15 to 30 seconds, and moving the foot up and down, side to side and in and out with rubber bands or tubing to strengthen the lower leg muscles.

There are different ways to go about exercising the feet. For more information on other exercises, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will answer all of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sandy Haeger of Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care’s Canyon Ranch Institute Life Enhancement Program (CRI LEP) has revolutionized the way members take their Saturday morning walk by creating a walking program that focuses on exercising the feet.

To ensure that walkers are concentrating on using the entire foot while walking, Sandy has members repeat, “Heel, ball toe.” Using the entire foot while walking engages muscles from the foot to all the way to the hip. To maintain good position while walking, hold onto a stationary object such as a tree or wall for balance and then lift the knee with the foot flexed, touch down, and lift again.

Walking is not the only way you can exercise your feet.Speak with Dr. Alan Discont, DPM ofFamily Foot and Ankle Careto learn more about thedifferent activities you can pursue to exercise the feet. Dr. Discont will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

For more information about Exercise for Your Feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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john simmFilming for new series PREY was put on hold as the lead actor John Simm recovered from a leg injury suffered on-set.  Playing the role of a man accused of murdering his family and on the run, Simm was climbing out of a river during the third take of an outdoor chase scene when he felt a tear in his calf muscle.  

Simm claims that he routinely does stretching exercises before filming because of the intense physical exertion that the action thriller demands.  "It was a very physical role - lots of running, hanging off bridges and climbing fences. Hard work but I loved it” said Simm.  After undergoing physiotherapy and allowing the leg enough time to heal, he returned to the set and continued shooting.

Even though Simm seems to have done everything right, it is important to remember that failing to stretch the before strenuous activities increases risk of injury. For questions about adequately preparing the ankles or feet, call podiatrist Dr. Alan J. Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont will take care of your podiatric needs.

Stretching Your Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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