The strength training and stretching exercises you will learn with our team will be based on your unique situation and needs. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, our team works with you to create a customized routine to strengthen your feet and ankles.
Your feet are where most of the movement in your body starts. Exercising and stretching can help prevent foot, ankle, and lower body injuries.
Most people are aware that you should stretch before you exercise. Both professional and amateur athletes stretch before a game or event to warm up muscles and prevent injuries. Many people stretch to improve their range of motion.
When people think of stretching, they often think about stretching their arms and legs. However, those are not the only parts of your body that benefit from stretching. Your feet benefit from stretching as well. It is just as important to stretch, train, and exercise your feet as are the other muscles in your body.
Stretching and strengthening your feet muscles can help you avoid foot and ankle injuries. Strength training is also essential to the healing process after you have sustained a foot and/or ankle injury.
The Importance of Strong Feet
Your feet are the foundation of your body. Research has shown that exercising and stretching your feet can help prevent injuries to your feet, ankles, and lower body.
Your feet are where most of the movement in your body starts. Having strong feet is even more important if you are an athlete or like to engage in athletic events.
Having strong feet impacts your feet and the muscle function in your lower body, hips, and core, all the way to your upper torso. Your body is connected and works together. Having strong feet strengthens the rest of your body as well.
The muscles around your feet and ankles also help your body absorb force. When your feet and ankle muscles don’t work well, shock absorption of your lower body is limited. This can impact your power, speed, and agility. A lack of proper shock absorption can also affect your connective tissue, ligaments, tendons, and joints. Having strong feet impacts your entire body, so we offer strength training at Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center.
Foot & Ankle Strength Training
Our Advanced Foot & Ankle Wellness Center team will work with you to create a custom workout that strengthens your feet and ankles. Strong feet and ankles will help reduce your chance of injury and improve your overall movement and health.
Example strength training exercises may include:
- Toe pick-up curls
- Bent knee wall stretch
- Towel tug
- Negative calf raises
- Foot roll
- Ankle pumps up and down
Your particular strength training and stretching exercises may vary based on your unique situation and needs.
The overall goals for strength training are improved movement, better shock absorption, and injury avoidance. With the right strength training, your feet and ankles get stronger and you enjoy a more active lifestyle.