Stretches may alleviate foot pain when getting back into exercise this spring
If you've spent the past few months indoors to avoid icy sidewalks and blustery winds, your joints, muscles and tendons may experience a bit of a shock once you begin moving again.
As a result, consider getting back into your exercise routine gradually. For instance, if you're a runner, begin by doing interval training, which consists of brief periods of sprinting with walking in between.
Additionally, stretching can make a big difference in muscle flexibility, which can potentially prevent injury or general foot pain.
One good exercise to warm up the feet, arms and hamstrings is to sit on the floor with legs stretched out in front of you. Grab your toes – or loop a hand towel around them if you can't reach – and gently pull your feet toward your body.
If you have bunions, be sure to pay special attention to the feet. Holding your big toe straight for 20-second intervals may help increase flexibility in the affected area. Additionally, using orthotics during a workout and bunion splints post-exercise may help reduce the appearance of bony deformities.