Keep in mind that the shape of legs or buttocks is common for many exercise enthusiasts, but usually the same attention is not given to the feet. As the foundation of the body and as our main source of mobility, firm feet can positively influence your posture, body alignment and balance. Strong feet also promote stable and flexible ankles that can help prevent sprains and fractures. Do foot exercises two to three times a week to maximize strengthening benefits.
Warm up for approximately ten minutes with low-impact cardiovascular exercise such as cycling, brisk walking or using an elliptical.
Stretch the first foot using a hand towel; Oppression and lack of flexibility in the feet can compromise strength. Sit upright on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your feet flexed. Wrap the towel around the bottom of your right foot and take one end of the towel with each hand. Gently pull the towel towards your body, you should feel it stretch between the bottom of the foot and the calf. Hold this stretch for thirty seconds and then rest for another thirty seconds. Do three repetitions and then do the same with the left leg.
Strengthen your foot and calf with heel ups. Stand facing a wall or chair with your feet wide at the hips. Place your hands on the wall or chair to gain stability. Lift your left foot off the floor, balance with the right foot. Press between the fingers and the bottom of your right foot to lift the heel as much as possible. Hold the contraction at the top of the heel elevation by counting one and then lowering the bottom of the heel towards the floor. Do 10 repetitions and then repeat.
Do the picking up of the marble with bare feet to strengthen your fingers and the tips of your feet. Sit upright in a chair with both feet resting firmly on the floor. Place twenty marbles on the floor near a container directly in front of your feet. Collect one marble at a time with your fingers and place them in the container. Continue until all twenty marbles are in the container and then repeat the exercise with the other foot.
Check with your doctor before starting a program to strengthen your feet. Do a series of medical tests on your feet to make sure you do not have any serious problems or injuries. Listen carefully to what the doctor says about any type of treatment for your feet.