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Stretches for the Plantar Fascia

The majority of people enjoy stretching their feet. It can produce endorphins, which make the overall body feel good. The feet carry the weight of the body, and they may become stronger when they are frequently stretched. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue found on the sole of the foot, and it connects the heel to the toes. An effective exercise for this band of tissue is done by standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Many people roll their foot on a frozen water bottle or tennis ball for several seconds, then repeat on the other foot. Practicing toe scrunches or picking up marbles can be beneficial in strengthening muscles in the entire foot. Toe scrunches are done by placing a towel on the floor and scrunching it with the toes until the foot becomes fatigued. Picking up marbles with the toes and placing them in a cup is a stretching technique that uses similar foot muscles. If you would like additional information about how to stretch your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with our doctors from Foot & Ankle Center of Oklahoma. 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 our office located in Oklahoma City, OK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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