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How Dancers Stretch Their Feet

Stretching the feet, no matter who you are or how frequently you engage in physical activity, can be beneficial for a number of different reasons. However, if you are a dancer, then stretching the feet can be all the more important and necessary. There are several different explanations for this phenomenon. By stretching the feet, a dancer is essentially building strength in their feet. This ultimately helps a dancer better handle the significant physical demands of dancing. Ballet, for example, is a particular kind of dance that is highly demanding on the feet. Therefore, ballet dancers stand to benefit to a great degree by stretching their feet. If you are a dancer looking to strengthen their feet through stretches and exercises, consider performing a hand towel or thera-band stretch. Contact a podiatrist today for more information about stretching the feet.  

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in McKinney and Coppell, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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