Foot Mobility Exercise

Hi, everybody, it’s Andrew Lengerich from AID Performance Physical Therapy. Today, I just want to talk a little bit about how to maintain good foot and ankle mobility. As the weather gets nicer, people are outside walking, running, going for hikes, things like that. A lot of people come in and they complain that they have foot pain or they have heel pain that’s really limiting them from being able to go outside and walk, and enjoy the nice weather. So, today, I just want to show some easy things you can do to make sure that you maintain good foot mobility so that you don’t get these soft tissue injuries as you go back to walking, and running, and hiking, and all that stuff.

So, all you’re going to need is a ball. It could be a baseball, softball, lacrosse ball, anything, the harder the better. So, all you’re going to do is, you’re going to take that ball, you’re going to set it on the ground. Being in your bare feet, put your foot over the ball, and you’re going to roll, nice and slow, applying enough pressure that is uncomfortable, but it shouldn’t be overly painful. So, you’re going to roll for a total of three minutes to help maintain the soft tissue mobility on the bottom of your foot.

So, go ahead and give that a shot. That’s your tip for the day. Thanks.

Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT
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