This week, we are releasing our feet to help keep them moving well as we increase our jumping. We are also adding some lower leg strength and balance with a version of a squat. Try them out.
We are focusing on the ankles this week. In this first stretch, we are trying to gain ankle mobility in combination with hip mobility, since both are needed for proper gait. The second exercise is a little twist on a calf raise to help you integrate the calf strength with the rest of the posterior chain.
One of the main complaints I hear from my runners and walkers is about pain their feet. Whether it be the heel, arch, or ball of the foot, it seems every pedestrian ends up with foot pain at one point or another.
There are many factors that can cause inflammation on the bottom of the foot. It is best to get an assessment by a movement specialist to determine your precise cause. However, there are a few general movements you can start doing to help you keep the pain at bay or even prevent it from starting in the first place. Check out the video below and follow along to help increase your foot’s flexibility and strength.