Dealing with foot pain on a daily basis can be very debilitating, especially if you’re an active person or on your feet for work. To strengthen, build flexibility, and relieve some pain, here are a few exercises that may help.
There are three stages to the toe raise, point, and curl, and it’s an exercise that will help strengthen all parts of the feet and toes. To do this exercise you’ll want to sit up straight in a chair, with your feet flat on the floor. Repeat each stage 10 times to build flexibility and mobility.
Another one of the best foot stretches for flexibility, pain relief, and strengthening is the big toe stretch. Having and keeping a wide range of motion in your big toe is important. Place your foot on your opposite thigh and using your fingers gently stretch the big toe up, down, and to the side.
The toe splay experience is ideal for gaining strength in your feet. Rest your feet on the floor and spread the toes apart as far as possible without straining. Hold the position for five seconds and repeat this motion 10 times.
You can build up the flexor muscles of the toes by doing toe curls often. To perform the exercise you should lay a small towel on the floor in front of yourself (with the short side facing the feet). Place the toes of one foot on the short side of the towel. Try to grasp the towel between the toes and pull it toward yourself.
You can do the marble pickup foot stretch to increase strength in the muscles on the underside of your feet and toes. Place down a bowl of marbles in front of you. Using only the toes of one foot, pick up each marble and place it in an empty bowl.
Place the left foot on the right thigh. Pull the toes up, toward the ankle. You should feel a stretching feeling along the bottom of the foot and heel cord.