Ladies, are your calves ready for summer?
The magazines are already printing articles on how to get your feet pretty for the sandal season, but have you thought about the effects of sandals on your calves and plantar fascia?
Throughout the winter your feet have been encased in supportive and, most likely, heeled shoes or boots. As the warmer weather develops – out from the bottom of the wardrobe, will come the flat sandals, the sloppy summer shoes and – worst of all…The Flip Flops!
Your feet and calves will then be overstretched and overworked by the loss of the heel raise and the lack of any proper support. This can lead to calf pain, Achilles tendon injuries or plantar fasciitis: severe pain in the arch of the foot and under the heel.
Below are three links to some short You Tube videos which will show you how to stretch your calf muscles and plantar fascia.
Although these videos are primarily aimed at treating injuries, they are really good exercises for preparing your feet and calves for flat sandals, or for the return to all those summer sports that you may have dropped off over winter.
- Eccentric calf stretch
- Calf and ankle stretch
- Plantar fascia stretch
Osteopathic massage and manipulation of the feet can really help loosen off the small bones and stretch out the ligaments and fascia to get your feet off to a good start, and to reduce the chances of developing painful feet and ankles.
If you want more information about getting your feet ready for the summer, or for preventing or treating Achilles and plantar fascia injuries, please telephone the practice 01926 335932 for an appointment.