Intrinsic Foot Muscle (IFM) Retraining Ideas


You may be asking so how does one strengthen the IFM? Here are 5 simple suggestions.

#1. Choose minimally supportive and flat shoes and regularly walk on uneven grounds e.g. grass or sand. Start with a few minutes only, and then gradually build up your tolerance.

#2. In standing, activate the IFM by “shortening your foot” / increase your medial longitudinal arch without curling your toes.

#3. Activate the IFM in standing then lean forward with your body and have your toes prevent you from falling on your face. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 5 times.

#4. Activate the IFM and stand on one leg and balance, eyes open and eyes closed

#5. Jog for 1-5 minutes in bare feet or minimally supportive flat shoes then gradually increase your time.

Posted on: March 10, 2014

Categories: Foot & Ankle

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