Stretches That Can Help With Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the bottom of the foot, causing pain mostly in the arch and heel. The plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot, can sustain tears from excessive pounding on the feet, over exercising, and obesity. Aside from rest and anti-inflammatory pain medication, experts recommend certain stretching exercises designed to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis. First is the towel stretch. This calls for sitting on the floor with legs extended. Then loop a towel around the ball of the foot and pull the toes toward the body. It’s important to keep the knees straight and hold the stretch for 30 seconds. Repeat three times on each foot. The second is the foot roll. Sit in a chair, and place the arch of the foot over a tennis ball or small water bottle. Roll your foot back and forth with enough pressure that you can feel the plantar fascia stretching. Continue for three minutes and repeat on the other foot. This exercise can be repeated several times throughout the day. To find out more about exercises that relieve pain from plantar fasciitis, please consult a chiropodist.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with your daily activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with one of the specialists from Thornhill Foot Clinic. Our chiropodists will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as running or jumping, can injure the plantar fascia over time. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by flat feet, high arches, pregnancy, and activities that put excessive pressure on your feet, like standing all day for work. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it causes pain and discomfort. 


Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain near the heel

  • Pain that is worst in the morning or after a period of rest

  • Pain that increases after exercising

  • Swelling

  • Tightness in the Achilles tendon


Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed via medical history and physical examination. 


Treatments for plantar fasciitis include resting and icing the affected foot, stretching the foot, taking medications to reduce inflammation, and wearing orthotics. In severe cases where pain does not improve with conservative treatments, injections or surgery may be recommended. 

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