Seated Toe Flexor and Foot Everter Stretch
Foot and Calf Stretches:
While sitting on a chair with the left foot on the floor, raise the right ankle and place it on top of the left knee. Brace the right ankle with the left hand and place the fingers of the right hand perpendicular across the bottoms of the toes. Also place the pad of the right thumb on the ball of the right big toe. Use the right hand to pull (or twist) the sole of the foot upward. At the same time, use the fingers of the right hand to pull the toes of the right foot up toward the top of the foot.
Affected Body Part:Most-stretched muscles
: Right flexor digitorum brevis, right flexor hallucis brevis, right quadratus plantae, right abductor digiti minimi, right peroneus longus, right peroneus brevis, right plantar interosseous. Lesser-stretched muscles:
Right anterior tibialis, right flexor hallucis longus, right flexor digitorum longus, right posterior tibialis, right abductor hallucis.
Make sure to stabilize the foot and ankle with a firm hold. If you grasp the very ends of the toes and pull harder, then you will be able to stretch these muscles even farther. You will feel the stretch on the sole (plantar side) of the foot.