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

Senior Physical Therapist at AID Performance Physical Therapy
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT, CMTPT earned his Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology from Miami University in Oxford, OH. Throughout his time at Miami University he worked as a volunteer coach for grade school basketball teams in Butler County. Upon graduation he began the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program and earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Throughout his time at the University of Dayton he was able to travel to China in an exchange program with Nanjing Medical University. He was also able to complete an independent study with the University of Kentucky men's basketball team examining injury prevention and return to sport in elite athletes. Prior to coming to AID Performance Physical Therapy Andrew worked in Fayetteville North Carolina with active duty military. Andrew specializes in working with athletes of all ages and ability recover from musculoskeletal injuries of all types. His favorite injuries to treat are low back and hip injuries, using a full body evaluation to get to the true cause of the injury.
Andrew Lengerich, PT, DPT

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