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Easy Stretches to Warm Up Feet and Ankles

Stretching before working outRunning and sports put feet and ankles to the test. Over the course of a few hours (or even a few minutes) you need to be able to run, jump, land, cut, pivot, plant, juke, and more. This places enormous stress on your lower limbs, and you expect them to do their job without pain or problem.

If you’re about to launch into a big game, long run, or vigorous workout, a few minutes of warm-up can be the difference between going home with the trophy and going home with an ankle sprain or other frustrating sports injury. Here are a few basic stretches to considering incorporating into your routine:

  • Towel calf stretch. Grab a towel, shirt, resistance band, or other sturdy piece of cloth that you can loop around the bottom of your foot from a seated position, legs out in front. Grab both ends of the towel and pull towards yourself until you feel the stretch behind your ankle.
  • Ankle inversions and eversions. Again from that seated position, turn your foot as far inward (inversion) as possible, then as far outward (eversion) as possible.
  • Plantar flexion and dorsiflexion. Finally, from that seated position, flex your toes upward toward your knees as far as possible, then point them down and away as far as possible.
  • Walking or light jogging. A bit of jogging before an intense workout is, of course, great for getting your lungs and heart warmed up and ready for activity. But it’s also great for getting your feet and ankles in gear.

Getting your feet and ankles prepared for activity doesn’t take much time or effort, and it can help strengthen and support lower limbs and protect them from frustrating, time-consuming pain and injury. If you do get hurt, though, your best bet is to make an appointment with Dr. Joel Brook at Dallas Podiatry Works. Sports injuries that don’t get prompt care can often become chronic, recurring problems. Our office focuses on bringing full healing fast to you can return to your activities as quickly, yet safely, as possible. To schedule, give us a call at 972.566.7474.

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"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
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"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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