At Ann L. Paul BSc DCh, we strive to equip our patients with everything they need to take good care of their feet. Keep your feet fit and well-toned, especially if you wear orthotics, with the following foot muscle exercises:
- Pick things up with your toes. Picking up a towel or marbles will strengthen your interossei muscles.
- Bend the toes down in a “waving” motion to add strength to your lumbricals and flexor muscles.
- Spread your toes wide apart to strengthen your abductor muscles.
- Move your feet and toes as if to “paint” the letters of the alphabet. This puts the long flexor and extensor muscles in your leg to use, the tendons of which help hold up the arch.
- It is healthy to keep toes wiggling and moving whenever possible. The 4 muscle layers within your feet get lazy while supported in a shoe or an orthotic.