Plantar Fasciitis Stretches
Stretching the feet can provide physical as well as mental health benefits. These can include coping with pain management, achieving inner peace, and managing stress levels. It is beneficial to perform foot stretches with existing foot pain. The condition that is known as plantar fasciitis may be helped when the heel is held in one hand while grasping the toes with the other. A gentle stretch can be felt in the sole of the foot where the plantar fascia is located as the toes and heel are pulled in opposite directions. Some patients find it helps to roll the affected foot on a tennis ball or frozen water bottle, and this can help to stretch the plantar fascia. Performing a heel raise can be an effective stretch that benefits the bottom of the foot. This is done by standing on a step, and gently lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you would like additional information about how to stretch your feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with proper stretching techniques.
Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.
Stretching the Feet
Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.
Great ways to stretch your feet:
- Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
- Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
- Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle
Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mount Pleasant and Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.