After completing the specific exercises for your foot condition, it is advisable to progress on strengthening the rest of the foot to help maintain pain-free feet.
The need for the whole body to work effectively is essential for long-term foot health. These standing exercises strengthen the hips and legs to improve how we walk and reduce stress on the foot.
These exercises aim to stimulate muscle activity gently, especially the small muscles of the arch, and to start the process of strengthing the foot.
The arch relies on good muscle strength to function correctly, with the intrinsic muscles working to resist arch collapse. This exercise starts the process of improving strength and fatigue resistance.
The forefoot relies on both the small muscles and ligaments around the toes in conjunction with the rest of the foot muscles to function optimally. These exercises gently strengthen both.
Achilles exercises not only use the tried and tested treatment regime for rehabilitation but also are designed to improve the function of the muscle groups associated with the tendon itself.
The ankle exercises in this group are designed to strengthen the ankle and increase its proprioceptive ability - the mechanism by which the body keeps its balance. Perform them with care and seek medical advice if any problems occur.
The muscles that control the midfoot use both control and endurance to ensure the foot works effectively. These exercises start the process of re-instating this control to get the foot ready for Level 2 endurance and strengthening.