Stretching is Important to Foot Health: MD Podiatrist

“As we begin this new year, it is a time of new beginnings and change. Exercise and being more active is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions or goals. Often, persons want to start an exercise program, but foot pain can quickly stop this. Healthy feet are the firm foundation needed for a successful start of this new year,” says podiatrist Daniel Michaels, DPM. 
“Stretching is important to maintain the flexibility in the feet and legs. A great deal of demand is placed on your feet every day. If you take a few minutes to stretch your feet, you can help prevent injuries and help your feet to function better. Common foot stretches are towel stretch, toe stretch, step stretch, and foot roll where a ball is rolled under the foot. All these stretches can be used daily to prevent injury and also be used to treat foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis or heel pain. Remember to always start your stretches by being gentle and gradually increase the number and intensity of the stretches. A little stretching goes a long way and can prevent injuries. So, keep stretching your feet,” says Dr. Michaels.