Keep your big piggie in top shape with these exercises.
Body Saw: Improves mobility of the toe joints (bonus: also strengthens the core)
Start in a plank position on your forearms. Push your heels back so you feel a stretch in your calves. Then shift your body forward (below) so that your shoulders move beyond your elbows, rocking from the balls of your feet to your toes. Continue for 30 seconds, rest, then repeat two more times.
Marching: Trains you to keep the toe in proper position
Lift your left leg to hip height while keeping your right big toe planted on the ground. Keep it pointing straight (as if it’s facing noon on a clock). March forward, landing softly on your left foot as you lift your right leg. Keep all toes relaxed and on the ground while in the single-leg stance. Do for one minute. Rest and repeat three times.
Step-Up and Push-Up: Works the muscles that keep the big toe in proper alignment
Stand with your right foot on a low step, your left foot on the ground. Drive your left knee up as you rise onto the ball of your right foot. Lower your right heel down with control, making sure it lands directly behind your forefoot. Return your left foot to the floor. Do 10 repetitions, then switch sides. Repeat for three to five minutes.
Toe Dexterity Drill: Strengthens foot and toe muscles to help decrease the stress of impact by distributing forces across a broader area
Stand with feet at hip width, toes pointing forward. Lift your right big toe while keeping your other toes flat on the ground. Lower your big toe to the ground, then lift your lesser toes while keeping your big toe planted. Perform three sets of 15 repetitions on each foot.