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Stretching for Runners

Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Running can be an exhilarating way for individuals to exercise. However, it can also put significant strain on the feet. If the feet are not properly cared for and stretched, running may put the feet at increased risk of injury. Runners might stand to benefit from performing certain specific foot stretches. For instance, if you are a runner, you might consider performing lacrosse ball plantar surface rolling. This may be done from a seated position where you place a ball underneath the foot and gently roll the ball forward and backward across your plantar fascia. This can be performed for one minute on each foot. By performing this stretch, a runner can effectively stretch their plantar fascia and prepare it for more running. If you are a runner and are looking to prevent injury, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Glenn Davison, DPM from Advanced Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the 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.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • 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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Union, NJ and New York . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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