How tight are your muscles and tendons under your foot. Causes for this restricted movement is mainly down to the fact that you spend most of your day wearing shoes that limit the movements that your feet can make so you tend to keep your feet quite rigid instead of allowing the foot to naturally adjust using the muscles. High heeled shoes are definitely to blame, ladies!
Repetitive movements too, like running and cycling where your foot remains in a static position and the tendons become tense and shortened are also causes.
Foot flexibility exercises is going to help you to maintain the flexibility of all your muscles and tendons.
- Sit down on a chair so that your feet are flat on the ground.
- Place the golf ball under your right foot and roll your foot forward and backwards.
- Then move your foot in large circles starting at the outer edge of the ball of the foot all the way to the heal and back along the inside edge (instep)of the foot .
- Notice where areas of your foot feel more sensitive or sore and pay more attention to gently massaging those points.
- Adjust the pressure you use depending on how deep you want to massage them and stretch the foot.
- After 10 minutes massaging the right foot, move the golf ball and repeat on the left foot.
- Repeat this technique periodically throughout your day.
Be mindful. DO NOT do it for the sake of it.
Let me know how you are doing with the exercises.