Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to double your efforts to protect your precious feet if you’re a runner. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, but it can usually be treated with conservative measures that you can do at home. One very common form of treatment includes stretching.
Running marathons may be fun for certain runners, but everyone agrees that plantar fasciitis certainly isn’t. Runners will often experience this condition due to the fact they are constantly putting excessive pressure on their feet. Other people who are at risk include those who are obese or have flatfeet; basically anything that puts extra weight on your feet might lead to inflammation of the plantar fascia. The good news is that treating plantar fasciitis is usually very easy and can be done at home. The not-so-good news, though, is that you have to catch it early and be diligent in your treatment.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to fight plantar fasciitis pain is by stretching. The first thing to do is to stretch the arch and the plantar fascia itself by rolling a golf ball or frozen water bottle along the bottom of your foot. Not only does this provide a good stretch, it also feels wonderful! Another way to get a nice stretch is by gently pulling your toes towards your body. The stretching doesn’t end here. To build strong arches you will also want to work on your calves. A great way to do this is by standing facing a wall and placing your left leg forward while bending the left leg and keeping the right leg straight. Hold this position for about 15 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
By doing these particular stretches, you are keeping the right muscles limber so as to not only eliminate existing pain, you also protect yourself from future issues. If you have more questions about treatment for plantar fasciitis pain, please call Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at (623) 584-5556 and schedule an appointment at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ.