Home exercises have been increasingly popular during lockdown, as the gyms are closed and group classes are banned. If you’ve been joining in online with your fitness coach or made up your own routines, then as your podiatrist I’d just like to give you a little nudge to also consider your foot and ankle health. You won’t be able to pound the streets or push out all those burpees if you suffer with foot or ankle pain.
Here are a few simple exercises you can do, even whilst working at your desk, to build up your foot and ankle strength and mobility.
If you are due a break or just fancy a stretch, have a go at these exercises.
Do each of these exercises in suitable sets for your fitness levels, start at 5 repetitions per set and increase to 15 if you are able. If you could do these exercises daily- amazing but even if you only manage it weekly then it will reduce the likelihood of injuries and prevent some long term conditions developing.
If you fancy a challenge or want to entertain the children for a few minutes, find a few marbles and a cup and see whose toes can grab the most amount of marbles and put them in the cup in a minute.
Another fun thing to try with the family is to see who can splay their toes the widest. You’ll be amazed, it’s actually harder to do but with practice you can increase the amount your toes can go.
There are more exercise we can prescribe for people suffering with certain conditions, so if you suffer with heel pain or flat feet, please get in contact and we will recommend exercises to help you.