Sandal season should be right around the corner for the Chicago area. Instead of simply getting a pedicure to prep your lower extremities, you might want to do a little maintenance on your ankle, foot and toe flexibility.
I came across an excellent blog post, complete with some of the exercises I regularly prescribe to improve ankle, foot and toe mobility from Supple Performance Therapy. As Pablo explains in the post, your feet aren’t just little stumps at the bottom of your leg, but are complex biomechanical wonders with 26 bones, 33 joints, and well over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments in each foot.
When you start to get tightness in the structures of the ankle, foot or toes, common symptoms include back pain, hip/thigh pain, knee problems and, of course, ankle and foot pain. It can also affect your balance and your ability to squat, run, climb stairs or work out. No small potatoes.
So before warm weather arrives, check out the exercises in this blog post by Pablo. You’ll be surprised on how quickly foot mobility can make a difference!
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