At SoleFit, we’re huge advocates of looking at balancing out the short term tools to get people better faster with the long term goals of making sure people really fix the source of the problems. Foot health is certainly something that is front and centre in the minds of pedorthists and at SoleFit, we feel very strongly that although orthotics and corrective shoes hold a valuable spot in the treatment plan for many injuries related to the feet, it can potentially come at the long term expense of our foot health if not used properly. This video will attempt to give some guidance in how to ensure our feet stay strong and healthy for the long term. When doing these exercises, picture your 80 year old self being able to walk barefoot pain free along the beach!
…picture your 80 year old self being able to walk barefoot pain free along the beach.
Although there are a multitude of exercises that are great for our feet, we’re going to simplify things down a bit to a few of our favourite that we think will give you the most bang for your buck. We often find that if patients (and myself guilty as charged) are given too many exercises, we often default to doing none of them!
We’re going to break this into two sections. The first will be a few mobility exercises to keep our feet moving the way they are meant to and the second being strengthening exercises to keep our feet strong and engaged. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of these exercises. Even a couple of minutes every day can make a big difference!
Although they’re so far away from our head that we tend to forget about them, the muscles of our feet are super important in everything from propelling us forward to creating a splinting effect that protects our bones from vibration and even potential stress fracture.
It’s so important for our foot to be able to move in the way in which it’s designed to. Trying to undo some of the damage from sitting all day and wearing overly constructed footwear is imperative to long term foot health.
Be careful with these exercises (especially the strengthening exercises) as even though they’re very good for our feet, it can be quite a new strain on muscles that aren’t used to being used. As always, we’d love to hear back from you if you have any questions or comments!
For those looking to dive in a bit deeper to barefoot care, we highly recommend these two books!
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