You may not hear the term “plantar fascia” every day, as it is not any food item, yet it is very important when it comes to your foot health.
According to Healthline.com, over 50% of the Americans suffer from this type of foot pain on a daily basis! This pain is most commonly a result of damage to the plantar fascia, which, anatomically described, is a thin ligament that connects the heel to the front of your foot. This condition is medically known as plantar fasciitis.
Among the leading culprits when somebody develops plantar fasciitis are repetitive motion and weight gain. So, it is understandable why this condition is so common among athletes, pregnant women, and those whose duty requires standing long periods of time on their feet.
It happens because the continuous movement and pressure from added kilograms (pounds) to the body lead to inflammation and pain. However, you can take a few actions at your home to prevent and treat plantar fasciitis.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the overall best thing you can do is to incorporate effective stretching workouts in your daily routine to help loosen up the tight muscles that aggravate your condition.
Exercises done in a seated body position are both doable and helpful to most people. We point out the following few exercises for seated stretching:
1. For one minute per foot, roll your foot over a water bottle (or similarly shaped object).
2. Cross one leg over the other and pull upward on your big toe. Hold this position for 15 seconds, release and repeat 3 consecutive times, before doing the stretching to the other foot.
3. You can also use a folded towel to mimic an exercise strap. Place the towel under the arch of your foot (as shown in the picture below), and gently pull upward so that your foot is stretched in front of you. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then repeat it at least 3 times.
4. Stretching your calves can also promote excellent heel health. Simply extend your leg in a lunge-like movement and hold the position for whole 30 seconds.
Repeat 3 times per each leg.
Stretching also acts as a preventative movement for plantar fasciitis, but there are other considerations as well. WebMD suggests the following options:
Start slowly: Always take enough time to warm up your body before exercise or other activity. “Jumping” into excessive movement can lead to injury too.
- Try to maintain a healthy weight: A healthy weight will ensure that you are not putting unnecessary pressure on your body and especially your body weight-bearing feet.
- Exercise shortly but regularly: Regular exercise will help your body keep a healthy weight, and easily stretch muscles and joints every next time you do it. This will reduce the chances of the ligaments in your feet becoming too tight and breakable.
- Ensure proper shoe support: Shoes are important. Proper support means that your feet are kept in a safe position. Going barefoot or wearing poorly- crafted and poorly-manufactured shoes puts added stress on your heels and feet. So, remember to choose “shoes that do have soul!”
- Take it easy every time: You should always try to take it easy on your feet. Allow your feet to rest, and alternate between activities so that your heels and feet are not being subjected to repetitive movement for an extended period.
Foot health matters to everyone for sure. So, if you suspect you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, do not ignore it any longer. Seek medical advice before changing your exercise or diet regime.
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