After foot injuries, you need to take the time to rebuild your strength and stability. Low-impact exercises allow you to do this without trauma that could reinjure your lower limbs. Swimming, water aerobics, bicycling, and yoga still work your foot muscles, but don’t require hard pounding on your joints. Their aerobic qualities are also excellent for your cardiopulmonary health, which can improve your circulation. Better circulation encourages healing, which is important following any injury.
Certain physical therapy movements can also function as low-impact exercises for your feet. Toe spreads, calf raises, ankle rotations, and heel/toe walking all work the small stabilizers in the feet. Picking up objects with just the toes, wall stretches, and plantar stretches also benefit those tissues. If you need more information about recovering after foot injuries, or are still in pain, seek help from the experts here at Southern Oregon Foot & Ankle, L.L.C. in Medford, OR. We can help you establish a foot-safe exercise program and restore your feet. Call (541) 776-3338 or fill out the website contact form to reach us.