Don’t forget about your feet!

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!

Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO

Erin E. Ducat DC, CSCS, CCSP, DACRB, FACO

Dr. Erin E. Ducat is a Chiropractic Physician, who is Board-Certified in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.She also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and maintains a private practice in Bloomingdale, IL.Dr. Ducat has been the team chiropractor for professional and youth sports and treats a variety of orthopedic, sports and pelvic floor conditions for the communities of Bloomingdale, Roselle, Itasca, Medinah and surrounding suburbs.For more information about Dr. Ducat, go to www.ducatchiropractic.com.
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