Below we have listed some helpful exercises you can try in the comfort of your own home to not only help your lower extremities but also to keep you active during these unpredictable times.
What Are Good Exercises?
Certain essential jobs require people to be on their feet all day, like nurses, doctors, construction workers, grocery store workers, and many more. If you fall into this category, the health of your feet and ankles is imperative for you to prevent injury.
On the other hand, for those who are not able to work during this time or are working from home can begin to live a more sedentary lifestyle. If you are not maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and passing on those opportunities to get up and exercise, even if it’s just a walk around the block, you could be at risk for injury once you return to the everyday hustle and bustle.
Fortunately, doing some simple exercises at home will help strengthen your muscles that help support you. Some of those exercises include:
- Ankles Circles– This is very simple but effective. Start by just moving your ankle clockwise and then counterclockwise a couple of times in a row. This will help you with your range of motion
- Achilles Stretch– Start with having your feet in a stance where one is in front of the other, with a space between them. Now bend your knees together and you should feel a stretch in your Achilles and calf.
- Walk On The Balls Of Your Feet– By doing this it helps strengthen your calf muscles, hamstrings, and Achilles.
- Towel Stretch– Start by sitting on the floor (if you are able to). Put a towel around both your feet and pull them towards you till you feel a stretch in your feet and calves. Try and hold this for 30 seconds and aim to do it three times.
One of the most important parts of having strong ankles and feet is making sure that you are staying healthy and keeping active. While you don’t have access to a gym right now, just going outside for a walk around the neighborhood is a great way to keep active. The more that you do this, the more you will see improvements with your foot and ankle strength. Your body will build up muscle so that you can continue to do the things that you love like hiking and running. The great things about the exercise above are that you can do all of them from the comfort of your own home.
If you are looking to get a little more care for your feet and ankles due to a new or preexisting injury, or just would like some guidance on what you should be doing, do not be afraid to call us. Our team here at Great Neck Family Foot Care wants to support you while you are helping yourself get back to the things that you love. Please visit our website to book an appointment today.