You might think that push-ups are only for your arms, but you’d be wrong! Foot push-ups exist too. If you’re experiencing foot pain there are some easy ways to determine how well the different parts of your foot are performing. Doing a foot push-up test is a way to tell how well your arches are performing for you. Take the simple test below and then read the results to see if you can discover the status of your arches.
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Foot Push-Up Test
Take this simple test to check how well your arches are performing their important functions.
- In bare feet, stand facing a kitchen counter.
- Place your palms on the counter with slight pressure.
- Stand with your back straight, and lift one foot off the floor.
- Slowly lift the heel of other foot, placing all of your weight onto the ball of your foot.
- Slowly lower your heel back to the floor.
- Do 10 foot push-ups.
Repeat steps 1 - 6 with the other foot.
And now the results...
Did you have problems doing just one push-up?
If you cannot rise up onto the ball of your foot without putting lots of pressure on your hands, leaning over the counter or experiencing pain, your arch may have a mechanical problem. The arch tendon can stretch or rupture, leading to lowering of the arch. A foot and ankle surgeon should be consulted as soon as possible.
Were you able to do all 10 without a problem?
If you can easily rise up onto the ball of your foot, but have difficulty performing all 10 repetitions, you may be suffering from arch fatigue. Exercises focusing on strengthening and stretching leg muscles will help this problem. The foot push-up described above can also be used as an exercise technique.
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If you were doing the foot push-ups and felt pain in your arches during the exercises your arch may be stressed and inflamed. If the foot pain is bad enough, or you’re experiencing consistent pain that doesn’t seem to get any better, the best thing you can do for yourself is visit a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to have it evaluated. We can recommend treatment options for you so you can get back to your daily activities without having to worry about foot pain.
At Adler Footcare we believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment. Contact us for a free evaluation!