Take care of your tootsies! Three steps for strong, resilient feet.

Wearing overly supportive shoes during all your waking hours may make your feet more prone to injury. Give the dozens of muscles, ligaments and tendons in your feet a gentle workout by taking these steps (pun intended) two or three times a week.

Barefoot walking. Spend five or ten minutes walking barefoot around your house or, when it’s warm enough, your yard.

Toe curls. Spend a few minutes picking up small objects, like a spoon or a chopstick, with your toes.

Doming. Sit or stand with your feet flat on the floor. Imagine that each foot is a tripod, with the ball of your big toe, the ball of your little toe, and your heel as the three legs. Try as best you can to distribute your weight evenly among these points. Grip the floor with your toes so that the middle of your foot rises up, creating a dome. Keep your toes flat and facing up, rather than allowing them to curl under. Hold for five seconds, and then relax your foot for ten seconds. Repeat with the other foot. Work your way up to doing 10 to 15 sets on each side. 

Take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you.”   Maggie Spilner

Posted on April 21, 2016 and filed under fitness.