Spread Those Toes
I have a question for you… how far can you spread your toes? No, seriously. Try and spread your toes. How did it go?
Apparently spreading your toes is a little more difficult than one might think. And if you do have trouble spreading your toes, that’s not a good thing. The ability to spread your toes is important and here is why:
- toes help you balance
- toes are an important part of the push off mechanism when walking or running
- stiff toes equal inefficient gait, which can cause other muscles to compensate, leading in inflammatory conditions (think tendonitis)
- spreadable toes equal stronger and more flexible feet
- spreading your toes helps stretch your achilles tendon
Check out this article to learn some toe stretches. And because I am not ashamed to post a picture of my very old pedicure, this is how far I can spread my toes…. I think growing up with a dance background helps a little.
Happy Trails and Happy Running,
Running Update: Still taking it easy with a little over 4 miles today. Tomorrow I’ll do some cross training just to give my hip a little break.