There’s nothing worse than trying to go about your daily activities and your knee suddenly feels swollen and stiff. Your foot is enduring more pain every step you take, and your hip suddenly locked up. Sound familiar?
Foot, knee, and hip pain are all super common—and usually, if you have one, you have all three. Foot, heel, or ankle pain can cause your posture to be compromised, and therefore lead to knee and hip problems. And that can really put a damper on doing simple, everyday things like grocery shopping, cooking, exercising, you name it.
While you should certainly visit your doctor if you’re experiencing any one of foot, knee, or hip pain, there are lots of exercises you can do in the meantime to help soothe some of the pain and strengthen these areas on your body. Here are six that can be done quickly and easily, and in the comfort of your own home:
1-Heel raises: strengthen ankles and knees
Stand behind a chair or anything hip level so you can balance on it. Then curl one of your legs behind you so your heel is going towards your bum. As you’re raising your leg, lift your heel on the other leg on the ground so that you’re on your toes. Then put your heel back on the floor. Repeat this 10-20 times on each leg.