Stretching before going running has many benefits, including decreasing one’s risk of sustaining a foot or ankle injury. In fact, according to Bangkok Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine specialist Dr. Pornthep Mamanee, runners who refrain from stretching make themselves significantly more susceptible to serious conditions like Achilles tendon inflammation.
“To reduce the chance of injury, runners should stretch every day — even on rest days,” Dr. Mamanee stated.“Make sure you stretch your muscles thoroughly and do it right.” Another suggestion Dr. Mamanee has is to change one’s running shoes after every 500 km ran.
The importance of stretching the feet regularly can’t be overstated. If you need assistance, call podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will explain the benefits of stretching to you and get you started with a basic routine.
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. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Good ways to stretch your feet are:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull 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.
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