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Is it possible to move each toe individually?

Yes, with practice, you could learn to control every toe individually. The reason it is difficult, is that the part of your brain which is responsible for voluntary movements, the motor cortex, has ...
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Should I jump rope even though I suffer from flat feet?

You should do some research on flat feet, and I think you'll see that it's not really anything to concern yourself with. I have rather flat feet myself, and have never noticed a problem except when ...
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Getting blister-y feet after long evening walks

I experience a lot of various problems with distance walking. As far as I have seen, fancy shoes or insoles do not make much of a difference. In some cases, this aid can help, but in some cases, it ...
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Can you actively prevent or fix flatfoot?

Having had flat feet for as long as I can remember, I've done quite a bit of research and tried a lot of things regarding collapsed arches. You'll find no shortage of people claiming they can fix flat ...
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How long does it take to increase ankle mobility?

The question of "how long" isn't really relevant because it is a constant progression. You can improve with each workout and even throughout a workout if you focus on form and mobility. Some tips to ...
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Getting blister-y feet after long evening walks

To prevent blisters and the feeling that your feet are damaged after few hours of walking, get some shoes with thick and hard to bend soles. More like light hiking shoes. Don't think to get some soft ...
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what are some great foot stretching exercises

The ankle is a gliding joint and only really operates along 2 axes of movement. This limits your options for movement. Ultimately, the stretch you want to do is determined by what muscles you want to ...
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Which gait is more healthy?

For the heel-strike, the short answer is that neither one is inherently more or less healthy. The natural tendency among walkers is to heel-strike when walking along a smooth surface and to use toward ...
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How long does it take to increase ankle mobility?

A good test of ankle mobility is to get near a wall and put your foot close to the wall toward it, with about 4 inches between your big toe and the wall. then squat and try to get your knee to touch ...
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Single foot turned outwards, knee pain

Here is what has worked for me, to some extent. (Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that this will work for you!) A physical therapist made me do single leg balance exercises. These exercises reinforce ...
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Is it normal when doing yoga to develop calluses on the toes?

If you are rolling over your toes for instance in between cobra/up- dog and downward facing dog, and your skin is not too think on the upper parts of the feet/toes, this may happen. What you can do is ...
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How do you (gently) strengthen the tops of the feet for poses like Urdhva Mukha Svanasana?

What worked for me (TBF, dance, not yoga), was to kneel with a towel rolled up under my ankles and just stay there for a while every day. Every few days I'd unroll the towel a bit, getting lower and ...
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How to learn to do 'big toe taps' excercise?

As with most exercises that you can't do initially, progressions are probably key. If you can't lift the big toe separately from the others, I suspect you can at least modify the amount of pressure. ...
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Bare feet vs lifting shoes for people with flat feet

I have almost the same problem of the flat foot (not severe problem but bad enough). As I am in physiotherapy and performance training business I ‘ve asked many people (experts in their field) what I ...
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Getting blister-y feet after long evening walks

As someone who has walked five marathons, I have the following advice: Go to a running store where the staff will actually watch you walk and observe whether you are pronating, etc. You should have ...
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Flat feet causing knees to point in

I fail to see why the base of the foot being flat should cause the leg to tip over, rather than being a normal leg that just has more of the sole of the foot on the ground. If your hip, knee, and ...
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Running with bunions: technique, shoes, etc

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in running form or podiatry. This is my own experience. I have a bunion on one foot, which was I suspect caused by over-aggressive rock climbing shoes, but when it ...
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