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Plantar Fasciitis

What exercises can help treat plantar fasciitis?

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  • You could do some range of motion exercises that consist of pointing your toes and bringing your foot up to your chest, then down to the ground, and then inward and outward to bring strength back to your foot. You could also roll a marble around the underside of your foot. This can help to break up the tissue. If you can find a smooth surface such as a hardwood or tile floor, you could use a hand towel and curl it up with your toes. This helps build strength. If the pain is persistent over a long period or gets worse, contact your doctor. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)
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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.
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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
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    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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