Can Stretching Help My Plantar Fasciitis?

Can Stretching Help My Plantar Fasciitis?

Heel pain affects millions of Americans each year and plantar fasciitis is the most common cause. Plantar fasciitis is a condition where the ligament that connects the front of the foot with the heel (plantar fascia) becomes torn or otherwise damaged, causing inflammation and pain. This damage may be the result of an injury or may occur over time from overuse of the plantar fascia during repetitive physical activities, undue strain on the ligament due to excess weight, wearing improper footwear, having an abnormal gait or foot structure, and more. Certain gentle exercises such as calf stretches, rolling your foot over a cold-water bottle, or pointing and flexing your toes may help loosen tight muscles in your feet and calves to help ease the pain of mild plantar fasciitis. For more advice and treatment options for plantar fasciitis, consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with the podiatrists from Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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