If you are struggling with heel pain, there are stretches that can help. Before you even get out of bed in the morning, you should stretch to help relax your plantar fascia—the thick band of tissues that span the bottom of your foot from heel to toe. While you are sitting in bed, take a bath towel and lasso it around the arch of your foot. Pull the towel towards you, which will pull the arch of the foot towards you, stretching the plantar fascia.
Another stretch that helps is to stand facing a wall with your hands pushing against the wall. Stretch one leg out behind you and press your heel toward the floor. Hold for 20-30 seconds. Do three repetitions on each side, but be sure not to bounce.
The final stretch that will help heel pain is to stand facing the wall again, place the ball of your foot into the wall and lean forward. Hold for 20-30 seconds and switch. Do three sets on each side, and remember—don’t bounce.
For more tips on stretches for heel pain, just give us a call at the Podiatry Care Specialists, PC office nearest you at (877) 905-5907.