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Stretching exercises for home

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Stretching exercises are very important.

Your Podiatrist may recommend a range of stretches as part of your treatment plan.

These should be carried out at least 2–3 times a day and especially before and after exercise.

The correct way to properly stretch muscles is slow and relaxed. Do not bounce, as this will only pull the muscles rather than stretch them. You should hold the stretch to the point of mild tension, rather that to the point of pain, as this may cause damage to the muscles.

Each stretch should be held for at least 15 seconds and remember to breathe rather than holding your breath. With each repetitive stretch, try to take it slightly further than the last.

For more detailed information, see our Acrobat pdf Information sheets on Stretching exercises for home which is available on our website.

Please remember that the information in these documents should not be used as a substitute for podiatric or medical attention.