If you agonise from lower back pain, knee and hip pain, it might be related to something you’d maybe never think of – weak muscles in your feet. Our toes, heels and feet are put under a lot of burden each day. They’re responsible for getting us around, holding us up and carrying our body mass. If you’re experiencing body pain, the key to relief might lie in taking better care of your feet.

Wearing supportive and comfy shoes and indulging in a foot massage every once in a while can help keep your feet happy and reduce body aches. Perhaps the most vital way to take care of your feet is to exercise them. Regularly working the muscles in your toes and feet can help advance your balance and strengthen your base to help reduce body aches and pain.

Perform these four exercises regularly:

1. Resisted Plantar Flexion

This is a simple but highly active exercise that targets all of the muscles in your feet. Strengthening these muscles can help encourage balance and prevent injury. To perform this exercise:

  1. Sit up straight in a chair
  2. Spread one leg straight out in front of you
  3. Wrap an exercise band around the ball of your foot so that it covers your toes, and hold it firmly
  4. Point your toes forward and press the ball of your foot onto the band, while holding it stable
  5. Flex for five seconds, then return to your original resting position
  6. Continue for a total of 15 reps, 2 times per day