Doing towel curls prevents arch strain and hammer toes.
Your feet are both durable and delicate. They play an obvious role in how you move about - as anyone who has ever struggled to get around with an injured foot will attest.
In this exercise, a person utilizes a towel in a foot exercise to curl the toes.
Dancers, runners and, frankly, all shoe wearers, will benefit from this exercise.
How to perform The Towel Curls Exercise:
- Put a hand towel on the floor, grasp it with your toes, and pull it toward you. Relax, and repeat five times.
- Work up to three sets, three times a week.
Take Care Not to Fall
You can do this standing or sitting. If you are at all unsure of you balance abilities, do start out in a chair. When and if you prefer to stand, stand near something you can hold onto - a table, chair, etc. - in case you feel yourself losing your balance. Falls are very serious, and the worst of them occur in the home. Always take care and precaution when challenging your balance.
Stability Self Test
Try standing on one foot - with something sturdy close by to grab onto if you start to lose your balance. What do you feel? Chances are, you will feel just about every one of your many foot, ankle and lower-leg muscles firing back and forth, flexing and relaxing in a coordinated way that allows you to maintain your balance. If your activity level has declined, the muscles of your foot and lower leg may be weakened, making you more likely to be at risk of falling. So if this little self-test tells you you are "wobbly", fit in some feet exercise!
Source: The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society. The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) is "an organization of 2,100 orthopaedic surgeons from the US and abroad who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and other conditions of the foot and ankle." See aofas.org for more information.
- Protect your feet with comfortable, well-fitting shoes that have a stable sole and adequate arch support.
- Make sure your shoes have adequate padding.
- Wear socks with a light amount of elastic compression to help prevent blood from pooling in the feet and lower legs. Wear socks that don't have an extremely tight band at the top.
- Indulge in an occasional warm foot soak to ease aches and pains.
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