Exercises to Keep Feet Healthy This Summer

Summer is finally here! Now is a great time to take advantage of the good weather and get outdoors to enjoy all the fun this season offers. However, all this activity can be strenuous on your feet. Luckily there are simple exercises that can keep your feet youthful and healthy.

You must contact an experienced podiatrist before attempting to perform any of the following foot exercises. It is especially important for anyone suffering from arthritis, diabetes, or if you’re experiencing any foot pain whatsoever.


Walking around in ill-fitting shoes can cramp your toes and feet. You can increase the range of motion by stretching your big toe.

  • Sit in a chair with your back straight.
  • Cross your legs so your foot is on the opposite thigh.
  • Use your finger to lightly stretch your big toe back and forth in all directions. Do not force your toe.
  • Repeat several times on each foot.


This exercise can help you improve your range of motion and strengthen the muscles in your toes.

  • Sit in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground.
  • Spread your toes as wide as possible.
  • Hold that position as long as you can.
  • Repeat ten times on each foot.


This exercise can straighten the muscles in your feet and toes.

  • Sit in a chair with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground.
  • Place a cup and several marbles on the floor near your feet.
  • Use your toes to grab a marble and drop it in the cup.
  • Repeat ten times for each foot.

Practice these three exercises to help keep your feet limber and healthy and make the most out of your summer fun.

Call Syracuse Podiatry, located in East Syracuse, New York, for more tips or other foot-related issues. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, and Dr. Donal M. Erickson, and their staff will help you diagnose and treat your foot or ankle condition. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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