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Stretching May Strengthen the Plantar Fascia

Monday, 21 January 2019 00:00

Specific foot conditions that are known as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs may be a result of shortened muscles in the lower legs and feet. Moderate relief may be obtained when these muscles are lengthened, and this may be accomplished by properly stretching the feet. An effective stretch for the plantar fascia consists of lowering your heel while standing on a step until a desired stretch is felt. Maximum results may be achieved by alternating feet and repeated several times per day. The towel stretch is an effective method in stretching this band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. A satisfying stretch may be achieved while sitting on the floor, wrapping a towel around the sole of the foot, while pulling inward. Hold this position for several seconds and repeat on the other foot. If you would like additional information about the importance of stretching your feet, please speak with a podiatrist who can recommend beneficial exercises.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Ronald Sheppard from Warren-Watchung Podiatry Center. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Marlboro and Watchung, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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