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Improve Arch Support in 3 Moves

Denise Austin's simple exercises will strengthen your feet and ankles

Try these exercises 3 to 4 times a week, or every day if you can.

1. Heel Raises

It's time to strengthen your ankles and the arches of your feet. Standing next to a chair for support and balance, start with your heels touching and your toes pointing outward. Then raise your heels up off the floor and press them back down.

Do this 10 times, relax and repeat.

2. Arch Strengtheners

This exercise will help you create a natural arch in your foot. Sitting in a chair, place a towel on the floor in front of you. Place your feet on the towel and curl your toes to work the muscles of your feet and strengthen your arch support.

Do this 10 times, relax and repeat.

3. Mini Foot Massage

Try this to relieve tension and improve circulation. Sitting up straight in a chair, place a rolled-up yoga mat in front of you. With one foot on the yoga mat, roll it back and forth to give your foot a simple mini massage.

Repeat for 30 seconds on each side.

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