Exercises After Foot Surgery

By Chad Buleen

Although the reasons for foot surgery could vary from bunions to high arches, any exercises that are done after foot surgery should be light and easy at first. Your doctor or physical therapist might ask you to do some more serious foot exercises as your foot begins to heal, but the initial exercises should be non-intrusive. It's important to rebuild strength in your feet before you can expect to get back on the golf course and play 18 holes.

Towel Curls

Remove shoes and socks and sit in a chair and place both feet flat on the floor. Place a washcloth on the floor next to your feet and curl your toes to grip and lift it. Regardless of whether you can do it or not, the simple process of curving your toes helps rebuild the strength in your toes and arches.

Ball Roll

Sit down and place a small ball--such as a tennis ball or a baseball--on the floor. Roll your foot back and forth over the ball. Not only does this strengthen the arch, it also massages it. This is also an effective way to relieve pain after a long day on the golf course.

Calf Raise

This exercise should be done after you have already started to regain strength in your feet--it's not meant for the early stages of recovery. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Raise and lower your heels toward and away from the floor. With the permission of your doctor, you can do this exercise one foot at a time. It's effective for overcoming weakness from foot surgery because it builds strength in the toes, arches and Achilles' tendons.

About The Author

Chad Buleen is a Society of Professional Journalists-award winning newspaper and magazine writer and editor with more than 10 years' experience. He has been published in "Utah Spirit," "Charleston Gazette," "Idaho Falls Post Register" and numerous other publications. Buleen holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications with an emphasis in print journalism from Brigham Young University-Idaho.


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