Four-Foot Exercises You Can Do at the Office
Exercise and stretching are essential to good foot health. When stretch the muscles, ligaments, and tendons of your feet and ankles, you ensure that they stay strong and supple. Balance improves and your risk of fall-related foot and ankle injuries goes down. If you’re someone who works at a desk, you might find it challenging to exercise regularly. Maybe you go to the gym or a gentle yoga class periodically, or take the dog for a walk around the block once in a while but what can you do to maintain good health while you’re at work? Take of your shoes and socks and try these four tips from James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS:
1. Sitting in your chair, hold your right leg behind the knee and extend it. Point your toes and extend your ankles, then draw your toes back toward your body and flex your ankle. Roll your ankle ten times in each direction. Repeat ten times then switch to the other leg.
2. Place a pen or pencil on the floor. Sitting in your chair, pick up the pen and transfer it to your hand. Repeat three times on each side.
3. Place your feet on the floor. Lift all the toes on your right foot and see if you can put them on the floor one at a time. It’s tough! See how things go on the left side.
4. Standing and holding on to the edge of your desk for safety and stability, raise on to your toes and hold for a count of five, then slowly lower.
There you go…now put your shoes and socks back on and take a walk down the hall to stretch your legs and get back to work.
Of course, the best thing you can do to preserve foot health is to visit a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. James M. McKee once a year for examination, diagnosis and treatment of any illness or injury. Schedule a convenient appointment in Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A.’s modern comfortable office on Solomons Island Road. Call our friendly staff at 410-224-4448 or click here today.