Regularly Stretching the Feet Before Running in a Marathon
People who enjoy running marathons are most likely familiar with the pounding the feet can endure during this sport. It is beneficial to have a strong connection between the feet and the ground, and this can be accomplished by performing foot stretches. When the big toe is strong, it may be easier to balance and move forward. An effective stretch for the toes is known as the towel scrunch. This is done by placing your foot on top of a towel while sitting in a chair and pulling the towel toward you by using your toes. This stretch can help to improve dexterity and strength in the numerous muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Additionally, it generally feels good when the arch of the foot is stretched. This is done by rolling your foot on a large ball to stretch the soft tissues. Research has indicated this may be helpful in preventing inflammation. If you would like additional information about how to perform foot stretches, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Westfield Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.
- Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
- Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
- Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
- Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.
It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Westfield and Newark, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.Read more about How to Stretch Your Feet