Why foot health is so important?
On average, an individual takes around 10,000 steps per day, accumulating to over 3 million steps per annum. Every step taken exerts 2-3 times the force of one's body weight on the feet. Given the crucial role that the feet and ankles play in daily activities, it is essential to maintain their health and well-being by keeping them flexible and strong. The flexibility of the foot is primarily determined by the looseness of the ligaments, while its strength is mainly influenced by the muscle strength. Engaging in gentle mobility exercises may aid in maintaining flexibility and strength. At Foot Buddy, we are dedicated to designing shoes that will aid in preserving the vital aspects of our remarkable feet.
If you're looking to keep your feet feeling fresh and pain-free, try out these exercises!
Toe yoga: Spreading your toes is a simple toe yoga exercise to help you warm up. Start by sitting up with good posture and your feet flat on the floor. Spread all of your toes apart on a single foot. If you're struggling to spread all of your toes, keep practicing! If you need a little help, use your fingers to help guide your toes apart at first. Hold for up to 5-10 seconds, release and relax your toes. Repeat the exercise with the other foot.
Tennis ball roll: Roll a tennis ball under the ball of your foot for two minutes. This is great for the bottom of your foot and is recommended for people with plantar fasciitis (heel pain), arch strain, or foot cramps.
Towel curls: Place a small towel on the floor and curl it toward you using only your toes. You can increase the resistance by putting a weight on the end of the towel. Relax and repeat this exercise five times. Recommended for people with hammertoes, toe cramps and pain in the ball of the foot.
Marble pickup: Place 20 marbles on the floor and use your toes to pick them up one by one and put them in a small bowl. Repeat until you've picked up all 20 marbles. Good for people with hammertoes, toe cramps and pain in the ball of the foot.
- Walking barefoot: Develop the habit of going barefoot in the house (with/without socks), this will help your foot muscles to relax after a long day at work.