Foot problems can literally be a real drag, especially if you are an active individual. Often times, the arch of your foot can be the culprit for pain throughout your body. Read on to find out more about foot posture, and exercises that could be a great solution.
Foot problems are very common among many people and can go unnoticed for long periods of time. Some people do not even recognize there is a problem until the pain starts to set in, however, others recognize a problem right off the bat. How would you like to prevent your foot problems before they start? Your solution is on its way!
How often do you pay attention to your feet? Bottom line is, your feet are your foundation, meaning they support your entire body. Because of this, it is crucial to care for them properly in order to allow your entire body to function the way it should. Ever heard of pronation? Pronation has to do with the actual posture of your feet and the way your arches function.
Overpronation is a very common problem among many people, and occurs when your feet roll inward, causing your arches to drop. The opposite problem, also known as supination, occurs when your feet roll outward, causing your arches to rise higher than they should. Whether you suffer from overpronation or supination, the solutions and treatments are relatively the same. If you are suffering from pronation problems, here are some tips to consider.
Check your posture. Checking your posture can be as easy as standing in front of a mirror, or, if you feel more comfortable, have your doctor check your posture for you. Changes in posture can very possibly mean changes in your pronation.
Do some adjusting. If you are noticing that your arches are higher or lower than normal, putting forth some effort to adjust the way you walk may help.
Be mindful of your footwear. Walking barefoot can be a helpful way to improve your foot posture, however, when shoes are needed, make sure you wear shoes that offer the best support possible for your feet. Shoes that do not provide the support to your feet can be a likely culprit for pronation problems. Many different types of shoes contain a flat foot bed which can deprive your feet of the support needed.
"Did you know your feet are designed to walk barefoot? Believe it or not, walking barefoot can help your feet to regain their natural posture, so if there is not a need for shoes, take advantage of going barefoot."
Correcting Foot Posture With Exercise
While walking barefoot can be a great way to improve the posture of your feet, there are also exercises that can help your foot posture simply by strengthening your foot muscles. With your feet having a very important job to perform, there is no time better than the present to get your feet back in the shape they should be in. Check out these simple foot posture exercises that can help.
Towel Toe Grab. This exercise is specifically designed to strengthen the muscles that raise the muscles rotating lengthwise through the arch. Simply start by sitting with good posture, both feet on the floor in front of you and place a small towel under your right foot. Grab the towel by curling your toes and forefoot while raising the arch of your foot off the floor. Repeat 10 times, then switch feet.
Note: If you do not have a towel handy, other small objects such as picking up marbles can also work.
Short Foot Exercise. The short foot exercises are intended to build strength, stability, and endurance through the muscles and tendons that support the arch. To begin this exercise, sit in a chair with good posture while planting both feet on the floor at a 90-degree angle with your toes straight forward. Starting with your right foot, flex the muscles through your arch without curling your toes. Hold for about 5-6 seconds and release. Repeat exercise for another 5-6 seconds, then switch to your left foot. Once you have done both feet, reposition your feet a little further out and repeat the exercise again, one foot at a time. Continue to inch your feet out until you have performed the exercise 5 times on each foot.
Pool Running. This exercise is intended to strengthen the structures that support the arches of your feet. Using the shallow end of the pool, start at one end and sprint to the other end, pushing off with your feet as hard as you can with each step you take. With the water adding resistance, the push-off stresses the muscles a bit more than ground running. If you feel the shallow water is to easy, try moving to where the water is chest deep.
Note: This same exercise can also be performed in the sand, however, sand running will work those muscles much harder than the pool, so it is best to work your way up in order to prevent any injuries.
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As you work hard to prevent foot problems from arising, you can count on KURU to provide you with everything you need to feel remarkable with every step you take.
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.