Can we train foot strength in older adults?

Progressive resistance exercises increase toe flexor strength in older adults.

Studies showed that foot muscles also suffer from atrophy with ageing. Although these muscles remain understudied, the reduced muscle strength is likely to decrease balance and is a strong predictor of falls in older adults. There is emerging evidence that toe-strengthening exercises might improve balance and walking in older adults, however it remains unknown whether a progressive resistance training programme, focussing on the foot muscles, can improve toe flexor strength in older adults.  


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