Exercise For Heel


Standing on your feet all day? You’re not alone. According to a recent survey by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), 61 percent of us spend more than four hours on their feet daily.

Foot pain is often a natural consequence of standing all day.  Your feet carry the entire weight of your body when you’re standing, so the more hours you’re on your feet, the more likely you’ll experience foot pain.  But it’s easy to find relief for aching feet.

Foot Pain: At-Home Exercises

Try these exercises and relaxation measures when your feet are beat.

  • Point your toes. To ease foot pain and aching in your feet, lift one foot and roll it downward until the toes are pointed toward the ground. Then flex your foot. Repeat using the other foot.  This exercise will help stretch out all the small muscles that are on the bottom of your feet, which can help relieve aching and improve blood circulation.
  • Raise your heels. This exercise is good for relieving toe cramps caused by standing for hours in constricting shoes.  Bonus: It can also strengthen calf muscles and make them look more defined. Stand up and lift your heels so that you are standing on the balls of your feet. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  • Squeeze your toes. To strengthen the toes and help alleviate foot pain from hammertoes (when a toe resembles a claw), separate your toes using corks or foam toe separators and then squeeze your toes together for five seconds. Repeat 10 times.
  • Roll a ball. Want to create an instant massage for the bottom of your feet? Roll a golf ball or tennis ball under the ball of your foot. Apply light pressure for about two minutes. This exercise can be helpful for arch pain, cramps, and heel pain from plantar fasciitis.
  • Stretch standing up.  A weight-bearing, runners-type stretch can be helpful for foot pain in the arch.  Stand up and place your toes against a wall; lean forward a little until you feel your arch stretch. Repeat using the other foot.
  • Stretch sitting down. Sit barefoot and cross your left leg so that your ankle rests on your right thigh. Then hold your toes and bend them back toward your shin, stretching the band of tissue connecting the bottom of the heel to the ball.  Studies have found that people living with plantar fasciitis had a 75 percent chance of having no pain within three to six months of performing this stretch three times daily.
  • Give yourself a foot massage. Nothing spells pain relief like a good foot rub.   Start with your toes, using your thumb to massage them in circular motions. Then move to the arch under your foot and gradually work your way down to the heel, applying pressure with your fingers and palm of your hand. Use lotion to allow your hand to move smoothly over your foot.
  • Relax in a warm bath with Epsom salts. The combination of warm water and Epsom salts will give you a double dose of pain relief and relaxation. “Magnesium sulfate", the key compound in Epsom salts, has been found to relax muscles, reduce pain, and sedate the nervous system.  Plus, warm water helps improve circulation in the feet and relieve muscle pain.  We recommends adding two cups of Epsom salts to a warm bath and soaking for 20 minutes.

Try some — or all — of these exercises and relaxation recommendations the next time your feet cry mutiny. You’ll soon be stepping lively again.