strechingMany foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, gout, and cramping come from a lack of corrective exercise. Stretching is one of the simplest and most effective ways to exercise the feet. The expanding and contracting of muscle fibers during stretching creates a pumping effect that brings lymph and blood flow to and from tissues, allowing for better circulation and providing less room for potential illness and pain. Interrupting this pumping effect increases the chance for possible health concerns.

Stretching the feet is an important part of maintaining optimal foot health. To learn more, consult with Dr. James Ricketti of New Jersey. Dr. Ricketti will attend to all of your foot and ankle 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 such as increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief. Stretching is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone who is experiencing foot pain or is constantly on their feet should stretch.

Good ways to stretch your feet are:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pulling 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

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office, located in Hamilton, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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