Warning! This post contains pictures of feet! Although they are clean feet, they’re still feet. If you’re not down with that, come back tomorrow for something else.
**I have a buddy who is very foot-averse. Is that weird to anyone else? Normal? Anyway…
I do these foot-strengthening moves about once every two weeks. In all honesty, I should be doing them twice per week. Whoopsie-daisies! These are just tidbits I picked up from here or there, so don’t take this as a “cure” or real “solution” to anything. They just seem to be helping me a lot.
First and foremost, I warm up my feet with yoga since I do these foot strengthening moves in the morning.
1. Toe Scrunches
Put your foot on a towel on a smooth surface. Keep you heel off the edge.
Scrunch up the towel with your toes. I do 3 sets of 10-12 scrunches per side.
2. Big Toe Lifts
I’m so awful at these! Just keep you foot flat on the ground.
Lift you big toe. Put it back down. Seriously, it’s harder than it looks.
3. Ball Roller Stretch
Roll a tennis ball under your foot. Apply significant pressure.
Use the ball like you would a foam roller, stopping at any hard bits of scar tissue.
Yeah… ouch. Don’t hurt yourself, but this shouldn’t be comfortable. It feels good later. Trust me.
This isn’t “strengthening,” but it’s good if you have cranky feet. I like freezing a water bottle and putting my foot on it. I’m sure ice, peas, or whatever else works fine too. I’m not so good at doing this, but I still recommend it.
- Ever had foot problems? If so, how’d you fix it?
- Whatcha’ got on tap for the weekend?