Stretches To Re-Energize Your Feet

One of the best ways to avoid trouble with your feet is to practice preventive care. Exercising and stretching is an excellent way to reduce stress and fatigue, but not always easy to do if you sit at a desk all day. These simple routines can be done discretely at your desk and help to revitalize you for the rest of the day.

Photo courtesy of Ambro

Photo courtesy of Ambro

FOOT RELAXER  Start by shaking your feet. This will help relax and loosen the muscles and joints in your feet. Next, wiggle your toes one foot at a time.

FOOT PRESS  Take your shoes off, place one foot on the floor and the other on top of it. Press down with the top foot while pulling up with the bottom foot.  Do not let your feet separate.

TOE TAP  With your feet on the floor, tap your toes, or pretend you are pressing down on a pedal. Do one foot and then the other.

PAGE RIPPER  Place a phone book on the floor, remove your shoes, curl your toes over the edge and try to ripple the pages.

TENDON STRETCH  Stand with both feet on a phone book or step, with your heels extended over the edge. You may want to hold on to something for balance as you shift your weight to your heels and gently stretch the muscles and tendons on the back of your legs.

Once you have revitalized your feet with these stretches, treat yourself to a massage. It’s a quick way to relax tired feet.

ROLLER MASSAGE  While sitting with your shoes off, place a rolling pin, golf balls or an empty bottle under your foot. Roll it back and forth, one foot at a time. For extra relief, try it with a frozen bottle of water. It will relieve stress and reduce swelling.

photo by Ambro: http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1499

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