We are often unaware of the fact that our feet are extremely important for the entire body, as they support all movements and they work hard during all physical activities. Therefore, to prevent hip, back, and knee pain, you should take proper care of your feet. The traditional Chinese medicine has been enjoying the benefits of acupressure for over 5,000 years.
The application of pressure on certain body areas soothes stress, treats various health issues, and stimulates the function of different organs.
The technique is similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles, these points are stimulated with the fingertips. The following 5 exercises will help you strengthen the feet, improve the body balance, and soothe pain:
1. Toe Presses
Before engaging in any form of physical exercise, the feet need to be properly warmed up. Toe presses are an excellent way to warm the feet and promote relaxing moving.
All you have to do is to bend the knees while standing, grip the floor with the toes, and hold this position for three seconds. Release and then do a set of ten repetitions, three times daily.
This can be done by anyone not necessarily a ballerina. Toe walking strengthens the toe muscles, the muscles around the balls of your feet, and ligaments. It is very simple, stand on your tiptoes and move forward for 20 seconds. Then rest 10-15 seconds and walk again 5 more times. For better outcome, do it twice a day.
The ankles mobility and flexibility are of great importance. Usually, the overload of the body is a reason for tight and restricted ankle, which results in muscle and joint pain. Also, back, hip, and knee pain can be caused by tight muscles.
This exercise tightens the muscles, prevents injuries, helps you maintain body balance, and supports the small foot muscles.
While sitting on the floor, straighten the feet in front of the body. Wrap an exercise band around the bedpost, and place it on the top of the feet.
Next, lean backward to tighten the band. In the end, band the foot backward and hold for 5 seconds. Make a 10-second break, and repeat ten times.
5. Toe Pencil Pickups
This exercise is very simple and all it requires is a pencil. Stand in front of the pencil and grab it with your toes, raising it from the ground. Hold for ten seconds, drop it, and do five repetitions with each foot.
These exercises will take about fifteen minutes of your time. For optimal results, do them in succession of each other every two to three days.