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Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

If you have ever experienced the sharp, stabbing pain of plantar fasciitis, you know how debilitating it can be. Plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the ligament running from the toes to the heel, often results from overuse. However, relief may be closer than you think and involves simple exercises. Begin by sitting with feet flat on the floor, lifting the leg with the sore foot, and placing that ankle on the opposite leg. Flex your toes toward your shin, feeling the stretch under your foot for five seconds, and repeat 10 times. Then, sit with your feet flat and place a frozen water bottle on the floor, rolling it under your foot for one to two minutes, focusing on painful areas. Similarly, use a golf or tennis ball to massage the sole of your foot, targeting painful areas. These simple stretches can provide immense relief, but for a more comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs, a podiatrist can help. This foot and ankle specialist can offer personalized advice and other methods to address plantar fasciitis effectively. For relief from plantar fasciitis pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist today.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Deborah Holte, DPM  from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Kirksville, MO . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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