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Safely Stretching Your Feet


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Sometimes my friends and I stretch each others feet. I just read in another forum that you are supposed to keep one hand behind the achilles tendon while you do this and I was wondering why? :shrug: Do you mean to press with your hand on the achilles tendon or hold it in a particular way? I want to be safe while I am doing this stretch B) , so any replies would be appreciated. Thanks. :wink:

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Sorry, toedancer! I guess I missed this one last night.


The hand behind the achilles is for support and protection, and it gives the one doing the stretching a solid place to hold while working on the instep. The hand on the instep should go right over the top of it, not on the metatarsals.

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