Dancers and athletes often take for granted small yet important muscles that help to merely remain standing and walking. The intrinsic muscles of the foot are important to mastering balance, coordination and strength within all ranges of movement. Especially in dance, weakness in the intrinsic muscles can create a claw or hammer toe effect. This effect results in poor alignment when pointing the foot and attempting to stand on demi pointe or en pointe. Strengthening the intrinsic muscles of the foot will help to create a more desirable aesthetic when pointing the foot by maintaining length in the toes.
Get the facts and find out the importance of incorporating massage into your daily training routine:
- The foot has 28 bones and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
- By releasing the tension in your lower leg and foot you will help to alleviate pain and regain flexibility and strength.
- When the muscles get tight they can start pulling over time, which can cause the muscles to work improperly and can lead to injury.
- Self-massage techniques can be implemented by placing a ball under your foot or calf and roll until you feel a tight spot and hold for 30 seconds. Keep repeating with different spots, from your heel to your metatarsals.
FLX Massage balls are uniquely designed for specific uses.
- Use the FLX small massage balls to apply myofascial massage techniques to the instep of the foot.
- Use the FLX Medium Ball & Infinity Ball to roll out the lower calf area allowing for a release in tension for more ease and flexibility.