“One of the most common functional [foot] deformities is hyperpronation, or flat foot, which is known to cause many conditions like bunions, hammertoes, and plantar fasciitis,” explains LA-based podiatrist Albert A. Nejat, DPM. “Stretching the feet, but mainly the calves and hamstrings, can be very beneficial in reducing hyperpronation and other issues.” If you often wake up with stiff legs and feet, try this exercise before even getting out of bed.
|Dr. Albert Nejat
“In a seated position, place the mid-portion of a non-elastic strap on the bottom of your forefoot. You can use a leather belt, yoga strap, or even a towel,” says Dr. Nejat. “With a slightly bent knee and a straight back, gently pull the ankle up until you feel a pull in the back of your calf. Hold for about 20 seconds on each side, and try not to bounce the leg.” Slowly bend and extend the knee for 20 seconds on each side. Finally, with your leg extended, bend your torso toward your knee to also get a stretch in your hamstring.
Source: Jennifer Benjamin, Real Simple [5/29/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.