You probably never thought much about your plantar fascia until the pain in your heel jolted you. A thin ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot, the plantar fascia, can be a trouble spot for many people. Repetitive motion from running or step aerobics, or added pressure from weight gain can damage or tear the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and pain.
Along with runners, plantar fasciitis is common among pregnant women because the extra weight on the ligament can cause inflammation, leading to pain. If you have heel pain, don’t be discouraged. There are simple steps you can take to ease the pain so that you can resume running or another exercise.
Tight muscles in your feet or calves aggravate plantar fasciitis. You can reduce or prevent the pain with some easy stretches.
Stretch your calves
- Stand an arm’s length from a wall.
- Place your right foot behind your left.
- Slowly and gently bend your left leg forward.
- Keep your right knee straight and your right heel on the ground.
- Hold the stretch for 15 to 30 seconds and release. Repeat three times.
- Reverse the position of your legs, and repeat.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY- YOU MUST KEEP YOUR TOES FACING FORWARD i.e your feet parallel, like on train tracks.
If you have tried the stretching, modified your footwear and reduced your activity and you STILL suffer with heel pain then you need to see a PODIATRIST. Give us a buzz on 62932024 or check out our website www.brindabellapodiatry.com.au ONLINE bookings can be made right here– easy peasy!