Although many runners are unaware and doesnt give the necessary importance, your feet are full of muscles and like any muscle it needs to be stretched and massaged.
Unfortunately, most runners after finishing a hard workout or a race, rarely stretch the muscles of the feet.
There are 20 muscles in the foot that give the foot its shape by holding the bones in position and expand and contract to impart movement.
The muscles of the foot are called intrinsic and extrinsic; those being intrinsic muscles originate and end in the same foot and are the ones who get the finger movements.
Extrinsic muscles originate in the leg and its function is to perform the movement of ankle and foot.
The main muscles of the foot are:
.- The anterior tibial, which enables the foot to move upward;
.- The posterior tibial, which supports the arch;
.- The peroneal tibial, which controls movement on the outside of the ankle;
.- The extensors, which help the ankle raise the toes to initiate the act of stepping forward; and the flexors, which help stabilize the toes against the ground.
Remember that the feet supports your weight throughout your day. For this reason can suffer overload and injuries, such as plantar fasciitis.
With the completion of these massage and stretching exercises, we seek to prevent and treat injuries on your feet muscles.
To realize them you will notice that in addition to generating a lot of satisfaction, they have great relaxing effects, so be sure to perform them on a regular basis.
To perform them you need a cylindrical object, such as a deodorant, cardboard roll or a bottle (no glass to prevent accidents with movement).
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