Does Stretching Help Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of strong tissue on the bottom of the foot that enhances arch support. When the plantar fascia becomes tight after a period of rest, it can cause intense sharp pain to the bottom of the heel. Stretching the plantar fascia can elongate the tightened, contracted band of tissue and alleviate heel pain. Doing a heel stretch on a daily basis, such as a runner’s stretch or towel stretch, can lengthen the plantar fascia and prevent heel pain from occurring in the morning getting out of bed. To learn more about proper stretching exercises, watch our Advanced Podiatry stretching video. If stretching doesn’t alleviate your heel pain, you should call Advanced Podiatry to discuss treatment options with one of our doctors.