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Best Exercises for Drop Foot

Friday, 8 September 2017

If you've already read all about Drop Foot and the best AFO option out there, then you probably know that this condition can, when caught early on, be easily treated with various non-surgical solutions. Physical therapy, especially when paired with wearing a high-quality ankle brace, is usually a great option for a successful recovery.

Boxia Drop Foot AFO Brace
Boxia Drop Foot AFO Brace

To help you save some time, we have put together a list of five best exercises for foot drop, along with short yet easily understandable instructions for how to perform them as efficiently as possible. And don't worry; you won't need any additional equipment or special skills, and this new daily routine won't take more than 15 minutes of your time.

1. Towel Stretch

Time required: 3 minutes

  1. Sit on the floor with both your legs straight out in front of you.
  2. Now loop a towel around the affected foot and hold onto the ends with the hands.
  3. Pull the towel towards your body, hold for 30 seconds, then relax for 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat three times.

2. Toe-to-Heel Rock

Time required: 1 minute

  1. Stand in front of a table or behind a chair and rock your weight forward to rise up onto your toes.
  2. Hold the position for 5 seconds.
  3. Now rock your weight backwards onto your heels and lift the toes off the ground.
  4. Hold the position for 5 seconds.
  5. Repeat the entire sequence six times.

3. Marble Pickup

Time required: depends on your skill

  1. Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the floor, and place 20 marbles and a bowl on the floor in front of you.
  2. Using the toes of your affected foot, pick up each marble and place it in the bowl.
  3. Repeat until you have picked up all the marbles.

4. Ball Lift

Time required: 1 minute

  1. Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the floor.
  2. Place a small round object on the floor in front of you.
  3. Hold the object between your feet and lift it slowly with your legs. Hold for 5 seconds, then slowly release.
  4. Repeat ten times.

5. Strengthen and Stretch

Time required: as long as possible

  1. Sit on the floor with your legs straight in front of you, then flex your foot so that your toes move towards your body and your heels lift off the ground.
  2. Hold the position for five seconds, then stretch your foot in the opposite direction, and curls the toes under as tightly as possible.
  3. Hold for five more seconds.
  4. Repeat the entire sequence as many times as you can.

What Can We Do for You?

Having a drop foot should not slow you down from enjoying your life, and we strongly believe that by choosing the right treatment option, you can easily overcome this problem without having to undergo surgery. Physical therapy is most effective when combined with the right AFO brace, and our Boxia Drop Foot AFO Brace, revolutionary designed to be comfortable and discreet at the same time, is one of the best braces currently on the market.

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