Study Finds Role Foot Muscles Play Bigger Than Assumed

exerciseScientists at the University of Queensland held research showing that support to the foot’s arch isn’t only given by the plantar fascia. Dr. Glen Lichtwark believes these findings may provide an important role in various podiatric fields, including shoe design and foot rehabilitation.

This discovery was backed up by two experiments. The first experiment had weights tied to the knees of two test subjects, with the scientists monitoring the responses of the muscles in their feet. The second experiment had electrical stimulation performed. When the stimulation was activated, the tissues in the foot muscles caused the arch to rise.

Exercising your feet is important. For more information, see podiatrist Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr can provide tips on good foot exercises, and tend to your foot and ankle needs.   

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to its natural stage. Placing both feet onto the ground and leaning with your back against a wall helps. This way when stretching occurs, both feet are relaxed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Sudbury and Westford, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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