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Exercise and Your Toes

Your toes help you balance and move your body countless times each day. It is very important to see your foot doctor if you suspect that you have a toe fracture or toe condition. Dr. Mike ThakerDr. Vito La Puma, and Dr. Thomas Franchini offer advanced non-surgical toe care, professional orthotics, prevention recommendations, and toe surgery if needed.

The New York licensed Podiatrists at Foot Care of New York are highly trained experts at diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of toe conditions, including:

Exercise Your Toes

Foot Care of New York supports the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society recommendations for performing simple exercises to strengthen the toes and prevent foot discomfort.

  • Toe raise, toe point, toe curl: Hold each position for five seconds and repeat 10 times. This is especially recommended for people with hammertoes or toe cramps.
  • Toe squeeze: Place a small soft cylinder or small corks between your toes and hold a squeeze for five seconds. Do these 10 times. Recommended for people with hammertoes and toe cramps.
  • Big toe pulls: Place a thick rubber band around the big toes and pull them away from each other and toward the small toes. Hold for five seconds and repeat 10 times. Recommended for people with bunions or toe cramps.
  • Toe pulls: Put a thick rubber band around all of your toes and spread them. Hold this position for five seconds and repeat 10 times. This is especially good for people with bunions, hammertoes or toe cramps.
  • Golf ball roll: Roll a golf ball under the ball of your foot for two minutes. This is a great massage for the bottom of the foot and is recommended for people with plantar fasciitis (heel pain), arch strain or foot cramps.
  • Towel curls: Place a small towel on the floor and curl it toward you, using only your toes. You can increase the resistance by putting a weight on the end of the towel. Relax and repeat this exercise five times. Recommended for people with hammertoes, toe cramps and pain in the ball of the foot.
  • Marble pick-up: Place 20 marbles on the floor. Pick up one marble at a time and put it in a small bowl. Do this exercise until you have picked up all 20 marbles. Recommended for people with pain in the ball of the foot, hammertoes and toe cramps.
  • Sand walking: Take off your shoes and walk in the sand at the beach. This not only massages your feet, but also strengthens your toes and is good for general foot conditioning.

Call (212) 661-3300 or request an appointment online for more information about toe pain and other condition of the foot & ankle. Schedule a visit to one of our two Foot Care of New York locations in New York City — Manhattan offices centrally located in the Theater District and the Garment District.

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