Foot Strength- Part 1

Experiencing Tired and Sore Feet? For some, this can happen at the end of a long day in heavy work shoes, walking in right constricted heels or from pounding the pavement running for hours. For others, foot pain can be at it’s worst first thing in the morning, getting out of bed and taking those first few steps. This video demonstrates 3 effective ways to improve foot strength, develop ankle mobility and help release the build of plantar fascia tension along the soles of the feet.

Kettle Bell Stand

This is about loosening the fascia in the side of the foot and creating a strong foot. Think of the fascia like a super strong and tight extension of your calf that wraps around the heel then spreads out towards the bottom of your toes. As such, a tight calf will tighten the fascia and tight fascia will in turn tighten the calf.

Feet work almost like a trampoline, as foot strength increases the more force you can push off with and absorb and the better, more upright more dynamic and more resilient you’ll be.

Want another challenge?

Do the same exercise, but stand on kettle bell placing foot across the handle. This will get a stretch through the lateral arch in your foot. This, in my opinion, is definitely harder that standing along the handle, but is a beautiful release in the foot.

If you are considering distance or trail running, foot strength will absolutely assist in power, performance, economy and also injury resistance.

Physio Rollers

Physio Rollers are brilliant for our entire body, including our spine, back, legs, etc. Not only do they assist in relieving muscle tension and tightness, but they activate nerve stimulation and can assist to open up the nerves and muscle pathways within the active muscles. So, why not use a physio roller for your feet?

Swim Fins

For many runners and triathletes out there…we are negative buoyant. As such, we are prone to avoiding the water like poison. So you may not like this one.

Give that a try and let me know what you think. We would love to know what you do to strengthen your feet.

Please feel free to like, comment or share to anyone you think would benefit! There is Part 2 to Foot Strength so, click here for more ways to bulletproof your feet and help create the strongest most stable and powerful foundation possible, literally from the ground up.