Foot Relief Stretches

This is for you if you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, calluses and corns, or simply just foot pain that lingers. Click on each arrow to reveal pictures and instructions.

DISCLAIMER:

1. These stretches are not designed to be medical advice. First consult a medical professional to ensure you don’t have an issue that requires medical attention (ie. break, infection, tumor, tear or organ involvement.) 

2. If any of the stretches cause pain, stop doing it and move on to the next one.

1. Do the stretches at least once daily until the pain is gone for a full 24 hours. For faster results, repeat the sequence as much as 10x/day in the order given. If any stretch causes discomfort, skip that stretch for now and reintroduce it later. 

2. To stop foot pain long term, move on to the ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders.

3. Once the tension, aches and pains are gone, use the daily warm-up exercises to stay feeling young and active.

If Lying Down, Do These - Takes 2 Mins

How: Kneel on all fours with shoulders directly over hands. Let back and head relax toward the floor so the shoulder blades come together.  As you relax, let the belly button push toward the floor so there is a pronounced arch in your back. Keep elbows straight, and shift your hips forward 6-8 inches in front of knees.  Hold up to 2 minutes. 

HOW: CIRCLE FOOT CLOCKWISE. THEN CIRCLE FOOT COUNTERCLOCKWISE. KEEP KNEE STILL SO MOVEMENT COMES FROM ANKLE. REPEAT ON OTHER LEG. THEN FLEX FOOT UP AND DOWN.

 

HOW: WITH A STRAIGHT LEG, FLEX YOUR FOOT AND TOES TOWARD YOU BELLY, USING THREE ANGLES TO ACTIVELY RELAX THE BACK OF YOUR LEG MUSCLES. FIRST, FOOT POINTS UPWARD. THEN FOOT POINTS OUTWARD 45 DEGREES. THEN POINT FOOT INWARD 45 DEGREES.

HOW: LIE ON YOUR BACK. PRESS YOUR HEELS INTO THE GROUND TO RAISE UP YOUR BUTTOCKS UNTIL YOUR HIPS ARE STRAIGHT WITH YOUR TORSO. HOLD POSITION, THEN LOWER BUTT TO THE GROUND.

If Sitting, Do These - Takes 2 Mins

HOW: CLASP ARMS BEHIND BACK TO EMPHASIZE GOOD POSTURE. LOOK UP AND SQUEEZE KNEES.

HOW: CIRCLE FOOT CLOCKWISE. THEN CIRCLE FOOT COUNTERCLOCKWISE. KEEP KNEE STILL SO MOVEMENT COMES FROM ANKLE. REPEAT ON OTHER LEG. THEN FLEX FOOT UP AND DOWN.

HOW: WITH A STRAIGHT LEG, FLEX YOUR FOOT AND TOES TOWARD YOU BELLY, USING THREE ANGLES TO ACTIVELY RELAX THE BACK OF YOUR LEG MUSCLES. FIRST, FOOT POINTS UPWARD. THEN FOOT POINTS OUTWARD 45 DEGREES. THEN POINT FOOT INWARD 45 DEGREES.

HOW: IN A SEATED POSITION. USE YOUR LEGS TO PRESS YOUR HIPS AND BACK FLAT AGAINST THE WALL.

If Standing, Do These - Takes 2 Mins

HOW: ARMS POINTING UPWARD, ELBOWS BENT 90 DEGREES. LEAN BACK INTO WALL AND TOUCH ELBOWS AND WRISTS TO THE WALL. GLIDE ARMS UP AND DOWN THE WALL.

HOW: CIRCLE FOOT CLOCKWISE. THEN CIRCLE FOOT COUNTERCLOCKWISE. KEEP KNEE STILL SO MOVEMENT COMES FROM ANKLE. REPEAT ON OTHER LEG. THEN FLEX FOOT UP AND DOWN.

HOW: WITH A STRAIGHT LEG, FLEX YOUR FOOT AND TOES TOWARD YOU BELLY, USING THREE ANGLES TO ACTIVELY RELAX THE BACK OF YOUR LEG MUSCLES. FIRST, FOOT POINTS UPWARD. THEN FOOT POINTS OUTWARD 45 DEGREES. THEN POINT FOOT INWARD 45 DEGREES.

HOW: FLATTEN YOUR BACK AGAINST THE WALL USING YOUR UPPER LEG MUSCLES. BEND KNEES TO GET LEVERAGE FOR PRESSING AGAINST WALL. KNEES ARE OVER THE ANKLES.

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