Why Do This Exercise?
To strengthen the muscles in the bottom of your feet. A strong arch will support your body better and help improve your gait. This exercise is particularly good for those suffering from heel pain as it will help to relieve your symptoms more quickly than just stretching alone.
How to do this exercise
1. Stand with your feet hip width apart, on a step with toes elevated.
2. Slowly raise both heels as high as you can manage (min. 3 seconds).
3. Hold at the top for 2 seconds.
4. Slowly lower both heels as far as possible (take min. 3 seconds to lower).
Repeat 5 times once a day to start with, building up to 10 times. When this feels easier, progress to performing the exercise standing on one foot (as shown in the photos) which will really intensify the exercise.
NOTE: Keep safe by using a chair or bench to hold on to.