5 Things You Can Do For Healthier Feet
Trail Runner|September/October 2018
5 Things You Can Do For Healthier Feet

5 things you can do for healthier feet

Julie McGee

Running requires much of one’s feet. While running, feet act as a shock absorber as they contact the ground, a solid base on which to momentarily stand and then a rigid lever as they push off and propel themselves forward. The 26 bones, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments deserve a little time and TLC. Giving them that love can help to decrease the chances of injury.

1. Roll Out

Use a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, jax ball or marble to roll out the soft tissues on the bottom of your foot. Sit or stand depending on how much pressure you want to apply. Place the ball under your foot and roll back and forth from the toes to your heel. Stop and lean in to put pressure on areas that feel like they need it.

Spend at least a minute rolling each foot. Just like rolling your quads, glutes and calves after a long run, spending some time rolling out the bottom of your foot can help to preserve the tissue.

2. Big-Toe-Extension Stretch

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September/October 2018