Warm weather is finally here! It is time to free our feet from the heavy shoes and boots that we needed all Winter and Spring. Flip flops will soon be taking over our daily footwear choices. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes problems can arise from suddenly switching to less supportive footwear. Your foot is very complex! It is made up of 26 bones, 33 joints and 18 muscles! Some feet are more flexible than others which leads to a flatter looking foot with a low arch. All foot types can suffer the effects of improper footwear, but in flatter feet, more strain is placed through the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia along the bottom of your foot. The increase in strain can increase your susceptibility to discomfort in your arch, heel, or ankle or even up into the leg or back. Not to worry though, there are many exercises and stretches you can do to decrease your likelihood of getting injured this summer!
Different types of foot structure:
Toe Yoga- while keeping the “dome” from the first exercise, try to lift up just your big toe. Then place your big toe down and try lift up your little toes without letting your arch collapse or rolling your foot inward. Repeat 20-30 times.