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Instability Training Can Benefit Athletes

Athletes interested in improving their athletic abilities may want to look into instability training. Instability training is characterized by the use of equipment such as mini-trams, rubber bands, and balance boards. These tools can help strengthen the stabilizer muscles in the feet and ankles.

For example, one routine involved balancing on one foot on a trampoline for half a minute. Another exercise is moving the feet in a variety of ways while wearing the rubber bands. Standing on the tram and boards and changing position regularly can improve balance and strengthen the lower extremities.

Many people work out, but fewer remember to exercise their feet. To learn about why it’s important to strengthen the feet and ankles, speak to podiatrist Dr. Mark Landry of Kansas. Dr. Landry can answer all of your questions and instruct you on how to perform some simple exercises.

Exercise for Your Feet

If you spend most of your time on your feet, or don’t either way your feet should deserve attention. There are many people who exercise regularly and still don’t spend enough time to care for their feet. Your foot does get exposure that requires maintenance since your health has a lot to do with footing.

Exercises

Toe rise – this exercise involves standing on the tip-toes for a count of 15 seconds, then resting your feet on ground. This exercise should be repeated three times a day to strengthen the feet.

Toe Pick-ups – the toes are exercises that are done by picking up small items using your toes. This helps strengthen the muscles on the upper part of the feet. Three sets along with 15 seconds being held should be completed. Small items like marbles or stationary will work.

Ankle Pump – can be performed upwards or downwards. The workout can be completed both ways at the same time. This involves flexing the foot either towards the shin or to the ground. This makes the foot work very well, working large parts of the muscles.

Stretching – your muscles in the feet need to relax and return to their natural state.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Overland Park, KS. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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