In a world where “foundation” is frequently attributed to everything from homes to relationships, one crucial base often goes unnoticed—our feet and ankles. These underappreciated heroes bear the brunt of our body’s weight, providing support and stability to our entire structure. Yet, it’s easy to neglect them until discomfort or the aesthetic reminder of chipped nail polish prompts a pedicure. This oversight is more than a mere lapse; it’s a missed opportunity for enhancing overall health and mobility.
Why you shouldn’t overlook your foot & ankle health—especially if you’re over 55+
Your feet and ankles play a pivotal role in your daily life. It’s your foundation of support. It’s what keeps you upright. It’s what keeps you mobile. If you suffer from foot or ankle issues it can lead to…
- Reduced Mobility: Difficulty in walking or performing daily activities.
- Altered Gait: Compensation for pain or discomfort can lead to changes in how you walk, potentially causing issues in other parts of the body such as the knees, hips, and back.
- Increased Risk of Falls: Poor balance and stability from foot or ankle problems can heighten the risk of tripping and falling.
- Chronic Pain: Persistent discomfort not just in the foot or ankle, but also in related areas due to altered posture and gait.
- Secondary Injuries: Compensating for foot and ankle pain can lead to strains and injuries in other parts of the body, including the legs, hips, and lower back.
- Social and Emotional Effects: The discomfort and limitations may affect social interactions, hobbies, and exercise, potentially leading to feelings of isolation or depression.
- Decreased Quality of Life: Limitations on activities, exercise, and even choices of footwear can affect overall well-being and lifestyle satisfaction.
What causes foot & ankle problems?
There are a lot of reasons your feet & ankles might not be at their best. The 3 most common causes are:
- Improper footwear
- Overuse & injury
- Joint issues
For an in-depth look at the causes, be sure to read the article “What Are Common Foot Problems In Older Adults & What To Do About Them” (Click Or Tap The Blue Link)
How can you fix foot & ankle issues as an older adult?
The best way to overcome foot & ankle issues is also the most simple: exercise. Specifically, gentle exercise. It’s been proven that a few simple foot & ankle exercises can improve your foot strength & function.
Targeted foot exercises can…
- Enhance stability
- Improve balance
- Increase coordination
- Reduced pain
- Improve mobility
- Improve your walk
- Reduce the risk of a fall
- Prevent stumbles
- Facilitate easier & more comfortable movement
- Make you feel more confident on your feet!
Here are 5 easy foot & ankle exercises you can do to start making improvements today—read “5 Easy Foot Exercises For Seniors To Stop Pain & Improve Balance” (Click Or Tap The Blue Link)
Strengthen your foundation today—and enjoy years of improved mobility, balance & confidence!
If you don’t regularly exercise your feet, don’t feel bad, you aren’t alone. Everyone forgets about their feet and the importance of keeping them strong. After all, our feet spend decades in shoes and what we don’t realize is that by having them constantly in footwear, our sensory maps are affected and can impact sending signals from the ground (feet) to our brains.
Our feet are made up of 26 bones and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments—making foot strength of vital importance. As you work out and stretch your feet (and ankles), the natural elasticity of your feet will improve, which will also help reduce foot and ankle pain, both now and in the future. By doing some simple exercises, you can keep your feet strong and flexible, which will, in turn, help prevent the arches of your feet from caving in and your ankles rolling out, ultimately keeping you balanced.
Wondering where to get started? Right here—with the 7 day “Foot & Ankle Strengthening” program! These short & gentle classes help mobilize stuck bones and add stability to your foot’s supporting muscles so you can move with confidence again.