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Foot Exercises for Seniors | How to Strengthen Your Feet

As we age, maintaining foot and ankle strength becomes crucial for overall mobility and balance. For seniors, incorporating simple foot exercises into daily routines can significantly enhance their quality of life.

Below, we explore 10 effective exercises that are particularly beneficial for senior feet. Continue reading to learn how to protect and maintain your foot and ankle strength with some simple, at-home exercises.

10 Exercises to Improve Foot & Ankle Health

Ready to improve your overall strength and mobility? Check out these 10 easy feet exercises for seniors:

Toe Raise, Point, & Curl

This three-part exercise helps improve foot flexibility and strength. Start by sitting comfortably with your feet flat on the ground.

Next, raise your heels while keeping your toes firmly planted. Point your toes so only the tips of your big toes and second toes touch the ground. Then, perform a toe raise exercise by lowering your heels and lifting your toes. Finish by curling your toes inward so that the tops of your toes touch the ground.

You should hold each of these moves for 5-10 seconds and repeat each position 10 times.

Ankle Circles

Ankle circles improve your ankle flexibility and can help prevent stiffness. To complete these simple exercises, lift one foot off the ground and rotate your ankle slowly, making large circles. Do this in both clockwise and counterclockwise directions before switching to the other foot.

Achilles Stretch

This stretch targets the Achilles tendon and helps prevent foot, leg, and ankle pain.

Stand facing a wall with one foot behind the other. Ensure the heel of your back foot remains on the ground. Then, gently bend the knee of your front leg until you feel a stretch in the back leg. Hold for 15-30 seconds then switch legs.


Lunges for seniors improve overall foot and leg strength. Step forward with one leg and bend your knees until they are at about a 90-degree angle. Keep your front knee directly above your ankle. Push back to the starting position and repeat with the other leg.

One-Leg Balance

Balancing on one leg helps strengthen the muscles in your feet. This move is also a great ankle strengthening exercise for seniors. Stand behind a chair for support, lift one foot off the ground and balance on the other. Hold for as long as comfortable and then switch feet.

Calf Raises

This exercise strengthens the calf muscles and improves stability. Stand straight and rise onto your tiptoes, then slowly lower your heels back to the ground. Repeat this motion several times.

Toe-Heel Walks

Toe-heel walks are great for improving balance and coordination. Simply walk across the room on your tiptoes, then return to where you started while walking on your heels.

Toe Extensions

Sit with your feet flat on the floor. Lift and stretch your toes as far away from the ground as possible, then relax. This exercise helps in stretching and strengthening the muscles in your feet.

Butt Squeezes

While not a foot exercise, butt squeezes help to maintain a strong posture, which is essential for foot health. Simply tighten your gluteal muscles, hold for a few seconds, and release.

Incorporating these foot exercises for seniors into your daily routine can significantly improve foot and ankle strength, leading to better mobility and balance. Always remember to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new exercise regimen.

Other Important Ways to Promote Foot Health

There are a few other things you can do to protect your foot health alongside exercising regularly, such as:

  • Warm-up before each exercise session, emphasizing stretching.
  • Avoid running on surfaces that are uneven or sloped.
  • Choose shoes that offer comfort and support.
  • Regularly replace shoes that show signs of wear.
  • Stop exercising immediately if you feel pain. While exercises and stretches may be challenging, they should never lead to injury.

Enjoy A Life of Health & Independence

If you wish to enhance your daily life, taking care of your feet is an important part of protecting your mobility. It's also crucial to maintain an active lifestyle.

At The Virginian, we provide community residents with a variety of social opportunities and physical activities. If you’re looking for a chance to live in a thriving independent senior living community, contact us to learn more about our residence options.

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