Chronic aches and pain can make daily life miserable. Back pain is far and away the most common complaint. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% of everyone on the entire planet will experience it at some point in their lives. Knee and hip pain aren’t far behind. Indeed, knee, hip and back pain are frequently linked to one another. The trouble often starts in your feet. It’s easy to take them for granted, but your feet are what you use to stand and get around all day. They take a lot of abuse in the process. The least you can do for your feet is wear comfortable and supportive shoes, do some toe stretches, give them a good massage, and get the right sort of exercise.
Healthy Wild And Free, a community focused on living healthier lives, has put together a set of four specific exercises that by helping your feet, can reduce back, knee, and hip pain. There may be other health benefits, too.
The first exercise is resisted plantar flexion. This one targets all those little muscles in your feet that are normally so hard to give a workout but are so important for keeping your balance and preventing injury. Basically, you wrap an exercise band around the ball of your foot such that your toes are covered and then point your toes forward, pressing the ball of your foot into the band. Exercise number two is ankle circles. Having strong and flexible ankles goes a long way toward preventing back and joint pain. Third on the list are toe presses. With your knees bent, you flex your toes, digging into and gripping the floor. Exercise four is toe walking. It’s just that, walking on the tips of your toes.
We’ve posted a video that will provide you a lot more details about how these exercises are done, how much, and how often. If you have chronic pain issues, you won’t want to miss it!
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