This week’s post on caring for your feet will focus on your toes. More importantly, we’ll talk about some exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home that will strengthen your toes. Not working with and strengthening your toes can lead to many different foot related deformities and discomfort. Below are a few of my favorite toe exercises!
Big Toe Pulls:
Place a thick rubber band around your big toes and pull them away from each other. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times. Trust me – it’s not as easy as it sounds, but it’s a great exercise!
Golf Ball Roll:
Roll a golf ball (or any other small ball if you’re not a golfer) under the ball of your foot for two minutes. This is a great massage for the bottom of the foot and is recommended for people with plantar fasciitis (heel pain), arch strain or foot cramps.
Place a small towel on the floor and curl it toward you, using only your toes. You can increase the resistance by putting a weight on the end of the towel. Relax and repeat this exercise five times.
This one’s not just for pleasure and earthing – walking barefoot in the sand really helps strengthen your feet and toes! Simply take off your shoes and walk in the sand at the beach. This not only massages your feet, but also strengthens your toes and is good for general foot conditioning.
Place several marbles on the floor. Pick up one marble at a time and put it in a small bowl. Do this exercise until you have picked up all the marbles and placed them all in the bowl.
As you can see, none of these exercises are as difficult as your Bikram class, but they are important for your foot health and strength. If you're following these exercises, you will definitely see results in the way your feet feel.
Post by Billy Kanter