Just saw this article posted online – “Foot Pain Will Increase in January!” It says that there is an increase in Foot Pain, because people are starting to get up off the couch and exercise! Oh the joys of those New Year’s resolutions. The recommendations are to start slow and get the right shoes to help avoid injury. I agree with this perspective, a good supportive shoe is helpful, but I truly believe taking a few quick minutes to do foot stretching and strengthening exercises is a critical necessity to help avoid foot pain and injury while you’re increasing your activity level. If you’re walking, running, cycling, going to aerobics class or Zumba, taking a couple of minutes before or after your workout to do a few foot specific exercises will keep your feet happy, healthy, and pain free! My favorite foot care exercises are in the book Fantastic Feet! My favorite toy to help reduce the risk of plantar fasciitis (a common foot pain problem) – Foot Savers!
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