Plantar Fasciitis

What exercises can help treat plantar fasciitis?

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  • Exercises to help treat plantar fasciitis stretch the arch of your foot. You can accomplish this in a number of ways. For example, you can manually massage the bottom of your foot with your hands or you can massage the bottom of your foot with a frozen food can. The frozen food can acts to loosen the tissue, fascia and muscles of the foot and has a cooling effect.

    You can also stretch the fascia, muscles, tendons and ligaments by utilizing a belt or towel. Sit on the ground with both of your legs in front of you. Wrap either a belt or towel around the ball of your foot and pull your toes toward your shin. If this does not accomplish a good stretch, stand on the edge of a staircase or platform while holding onto a railing and hang your heels off the stair. Do these stretches and massages on the bottom of your feet on a daily basis.
  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered

    Plantar fasciitis can cause intense pain in the foot and heal, but you can get relief by practicing an ancient Chinese martial art. Watch the video as a Tai Chi expert shares with Dr. Oz how a few slow, gentle exercises can help treat plantar fasciitis.

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