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A Foot Stretch That May Help the Plantar Fascia

Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

People who have pain in the arch of their foot may benefit by performing specific types of stretching exercises that target that part of the foot. The plantar fascia is located on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. It can become damaged from standing or running for long periods of time, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Performing a plantar fascia stretch is done by crossing one foot over the opposite knee while sitting in a chair. It begins by grabbing the heel and pulling it with one hand and using the other hand to bring the toes in the opposite direction. This stretch is felt along the bottom of the foot and can be repeated up to four times after holding it for several seconds. The Achilles tendon connects the heels to the calf muscles, and a calf stretch can help to strengthen the heel. This can be accomplished by standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you would like more information about what types of foot stretches to perform for an inflamed plantar fascia, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

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 The Podiatry Center. 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 one of our offices located in Richmond and Glen Allen, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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