If the FDL is constantly working to keep your flip flop on your foot, it can become irritated quickly.

Summer and warmer months of the year means it’s finally time to break out the flip flops! However did you know that wearing loose fitting flip type shoes that don’t connect to your foot such as sandals or slides causes gripping and clenching in the muscles of the feet?

You mightn’t even recognize with the grasping that the flexors of your ankles and toes need to do to keep sandals on. Do not believe me? Attempt running or walking in sandals without gripping with your big toe. The majority of the grip work is managed by a slim muscle called the flexor digitorum longus (FDL).

Entombed deep to the calf bone muscles in the lower leg, the FDL is accountable for bending the second with 5th toes, inverting the foot, and helping in plantar flexion of the ankle. This narrow muscle is likewise a main player in tiptoeing, navigating rocky trails and picking up small items off the floor with the toes.

The gripping and over-emphasized flexing action of the FDL while using shoes can cause pain in the heel, the joints of the toes, the plantar fascia, and might also cause pain up the front and side of the lower leg, possibly reaching all the method up through the IT band. It can even result in destructive effects on how you stroll, as movement in the ankle can be impacted by over clinching on the underside of the foot.

The FDL can remain in a gripping position after prolonged and regular wear of sandals and slides.

The upside to warmer summer season is that we likewise spend even more time barefoot, which is excellent information for the bones, muscles and tendons in our feet. After a long winter of toe constriction from tight fitting shoes, the muscles and tendons that support your feet need flexibility and boosting exercises to prepare them for barefoot strolling. If you already are a flip flop enthusiast, it’s simply as important to invest dedicated time in spreading out the metatarsals (the 5 long toe bones) of the feet as they’re frequently also compressed in cramped toe boxes of shoes or over worked in sandals and slides.

In preparation for putting your finest barefoot forward (sans a flip flop), attempt rolling a Yoga Tune Up Treatment Ball or tennis round on the bottom of the feet to restore the FDL and trigger the other muscles surrounding it. Making use of a back-and-forth stripping action, roll the balls from the heel to the ball of the foot. This encourages widening of the metatarsals and much required increase in blood flow to the plantar fascia location, which runs along the underside of the FDL. Whether you’re a very first time flopper or have a lifetime of FDL clutching under your belt, alleviating the stress on the underside of your feet will assist to improve the total health of the foot.

For movement, try my favorite the following Toe Separation Workout below. These are terrific methods for flip-flop feet as the grasping muscles of all 5 toes will be particularly delighted with some this corrective attention.

So switch out the flip-flops for footwear that links to your feet and save your FDL for the great things, like treking in the woods, strolling barefoot in the rain, and your favorite balance presents like Half Moon and Tree Pose. Get a genuine grip and ditch the flips!