Foot strength. It’s one of the most overlooked aspects of our overall health, and it is not doing us any favors. Your feet are the foundation of your health, and the slightest pain or injury in your feet can cause injury to your knees, hips, back and even your neck.
While strong muscles in your feet usually start with your arches, and your ankles, it is important to pay attention to your toes. Your toes are responsible for maintaining proper balance, and carry a lot of your body weight on a regular basis. Did you know that when your heel is off the ground, your toes are forced to carry half your body weight? Those tiny little bones and muscles can endure a lot, especially if you lead an active lifestyle. It’s no wonder there are so many injuries that cause toe pain.
"When you are working on strengthening your foot muscles, start with your toes.""We are about to share with you our best toe-strengthening exercise. It’s easy, it’s quick, and if you are consistent, you’ll notice the results.
Do the Toe Lift Exercise
Step 1: Stand on a flat surface near a wall or chair where you have a way to maintain your balance. Make sure you are barefoot. (If you prefer, or if standing is not an option for you, you can sit in a chair. Make sure your back is straight and you have good posture.)
Step 2: While keeping all other toes flat on the ground, lift your big toe and hold it up for a count of ten.
Step 3: Move on to the next toe. Lift and hold for a count of ten. This can become tricky to try to lift your toes one by one and it might take some time and practice to get this perfected. Keep it up!
Step 4: Move on to each consecutive toe until you have lifted each one.
Step 5: Repeat on the other foot. While this exercise takes patience and practice, and will be difficult at first, you will notice an increase in flexibility, balance, posture, and strength.
Shoes For Better Toe Health
While you are likely aware that shoes that offer proper support and cushion can help prevent foot pain and injury to your tendons and your arches, you probably don’t know the role correct shoes play in health for your toes.
Many shoes, especially dress shoes, have narrow toe boxes which squish your toes, bending them into unnatural positions. These positions, if prolonged, can lead to toe pain and problems such as hammertoe and bunions. The solution is to put your toes into shoes that give you enough room to splay your toes so they are not pinched or crowded. KURU has developed a line of shoes specifically for the working adult.
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KURU shoes are built on a foot-shaped last. That means from the very beginning, KURU shoes more properly fit your feet, and allow for the right support, cushion and space for healthy feet. It also means a naturally wider toebox to give your toes room to splay out for better balance and circulation than ever before. KURU even offers a large variety of wide shoes for women as well as wide shoes for men.
Experience better foot health through our patented KURUSOLE™ technology. Fuel your movement and do more and go longer for a healthier lifestyle and happier days with shoes from KURU.
No matter which activity you are wanting to do in your life, KURU has a shoe for you that will give you the support, comfort and style that your feet have been craving.
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