There is a tremendous amount of stress that builds up in our feet. Keeping our feet healthy and relaxed is an important part of the healing process. Massaging the feet releases endorphins that relax the muscles and soothe the nervous system, increases blood circulation, reduces anxiety, speeds up the body’s removal of toxins and can help with pain management. In this foot fitness series you will need a tennis ball or small pinky ball that your foot can sink into. All of these foot exercises can be done in a standing position but if you are feeling unsteady, you can hold on to a railing or chair for support. For those with limited movement, or are recovering from surgery, this can be done seating on a chair. These foot exercises may help with peripheral neuropathy, constipation, chemo brain, fatigue/lack of energy, releasing tight muscles in the feet, back of legs and lower back.
As always, please consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine, especially if you are recovering from surgery. Always go at your own pace and stop if you are experiencing pain or discomfort.