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Fitness and your feet

If you are experiencing foot pain and want to develop an exercise plan to remedy future pain, contact our doctors at Kansas City Foot Specialists.

There are many factors to consider when training your feet. We’ve compiled a list below of the most effective ways to strengthen your feet.

Train your feet for exercise

Jumping in and immediately exercising your feet could increase your likelihood of developing an injury. It is important to test the strength and durability of your feet currently to get an idea of how you should properly exercise. Slowly incorporate new exercises and increase frequency daily.

Stretch your feet and apply pressure from a foam roller or tennis ball to loosen up the muscles and problem areas. You may experience slight discomfort from applying pressure to your feet, so make sure not to overdo the amount and frequency of pressure in order to avoid injury.

Wear shoes less often

Walking around the house and performing day-to-day activities while barefoot is an excellent way to build up strength and endurance. It is important to avoid immediately doing everything barefoot, as this could lead to sore feet and injury. If you start to feel signs of pain from walking around barefoot, put your shoes back on and expose them again the next day.

Perform heel raises while barefoot to increase the strength of your feet. Gently lift your heels and stand on the balls of your feet. This may pose a significant challenge to balance, but as your feet strengthen it will become easier. Raise your heels up, and rest them back on the ground, repeat this process several times until your failure.

Use balance trainers and balls to increase foot strength

A resistance band is an excellent tool used to enhance an individual’s flexibility and range of motion. Attach one end of the band to a stationary object and loop the other end around your foot. Pull the band towards you, stretching it out, to strengthen your ankle and increase flexibility.

Using a balance ball regularly can work wonders for your feet health while enhancing the muscles in your core and legs. Trying to stay steady while the ball wobbles activates muscles throughout your body to stabilize the ball and balance yourself out.

If you are experiencing pain after exercising your feet, call the professionals at Kansas City Foot Specialists at (913) 338-4440 or contact us online us online to set up a consultation. We can help diagnose and treat your symptoms to ensure you’re back on your feet in no time!