Why Do I Need to Stretch My Feet and Ankles?
We understand that there are certain things in this world you don’t really feel like doing, even if we know they’re likely in our best interests. Eating our vegetables as a kid (or adult), for example, or not procrastinating on that report until zero hour is about to strike. Taking the time to perform foot and ankle stretches is likely on that list too, but we highly recommend engaging in them. Here’s why.
The feet and ankles undergo a great deal of stress just in day-to-day movement. Add even more impact through physical activity and you further the risk of an injury taking place. Ankle and foot stretches as part of a regular routine can help condition these areas to take on this stress more effectively. It doesn’t give you a ticket to push yourself too hard too quickly, but it does help prevent a surprise overload.
Even if you’re not hitting the fields or pavement, stretching can be of great significance. Many people suffer from heel pain due to tight calves or Achilles tendons. Ankle stretching and heel lifts can help prevent or alleviate this pain. They can also help increase one’s balance which—you guessed it—can help prevent surprise injuries from occurring.
You don’t get the best benefits from stretching unless you are performing them correctly. Dr. Timothy Barry and the staff at Family Foot & Ankle Care of Jasper can teach you in the best ways to get the most out of a routine. We can also recommend the best moves to help with pain as well! Call us at (812) 481-7200 to schedule an appointment with our office across from IGA.