Simple Foot Exercises to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain

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If you have persistent pain in your foot that mainly affects the arch or the heel, you might have plantar fasciitis. This is a condition in which your plantar fascia, a ligament in your foot that connects your toes to your heel, tightens up. This can lead to tiny tears, inflammation and a lot of pain. The pain is often most noticeable first thing in the morning when you’re getting out of bed, or after a period of prolonged sitting while you’re not putting pressure on your feet. It tends to go away once you've started using your foot again.

If you’ve been diagnosed with this condition, or if you have foot pain from running, plantar fasciitis foot exercises and stretches may help to relieve the pain. They serve to both stretch the area and strengthen it to reduce stress on the plantar fascia ligament. Luckily, stretching your feet and calves is simple and can offer significant pain relief. Keep in mind that, while these exercises are some of the most helpful for plantar fasciitis, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor or physical therapist in case there are any you should wait to attempt.