Have you ever felt that your feet are not as strong as you want them to be? Do your toes tend to cramp up unexpectedly? Our toes and feet carry most of our weight especially when we move which is why it is only right that you take the time to help strengthen them so that you will be able to move without worrying about injuries or sudden cramps.
If you are wondering how you will be able to strengthen your toes and feet, try these exercises out regularly and see how stronger your feet will become in no time.
Toe workout. Stand with your feet at the right distance apart with your toes pressed on the floor. Raise your big toes while keeping the rest pressed on the floor. Hold this for a few seconds then release. Raise the remaining toes while keeping your big toes down. Keep alternating for a full minute. It’s okay if you can’t get this done right the first time because your toes are still getting used to this movement. Keep doing this exercise regularly and you will find that your toes will be more responsive after.
Resistance band workout. Another exercise that you can do for your toes is to loop your resistance band around the bottom of your toes. Pull back on the ends of the band while pressing your foot down on the middle of the band. This creates resistance which will work the muscles in this area of your body.
Leaning. Foot disengagement often occurs when the distribution of our weight on our feet changes. If we hyperextend our knees when we stand, the front portion of our feet won’t have anything to do and will weaken eventually. To solve this problem, you will need to stand with your feet a good distance apart from one another with your knees at a soft stance. Lean forward at your ankles to work your core, your toes, as well as the soles of your feet.
Warm up. Before you do any toes or feet workout, you should give them a nice warm up first. You can prance around for a few minutes to boost blood circulation in your lower limbs. You can also draw the letters of the alphabet with your big toes too to work out the kinks in them so that they will be more flexible when you exercise.
Don’t forget to cool down. Just like when you’re working your big muscles, you also need to cool down after you exercise your feet. You can massage the soles of your feet with your thumbs or roll a tennis ball underneath. It is important that you exercise your feet three to four times per week so that they will be able to support your weight and your movements.
These are just a few exercises that you can do to help strengthen your feet and your toes. This way, you won’t be at risk of injuries when you train or even while doing your usual chores.