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Douglas Pacaccio, DPM
Thomas Nordquist, DPM

Effective Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a persistent foot ailment causing discomfort and pain. Relief may be found when performing targeted exercises that are aimed at alleviating symptoms. Gentle stretching exercises play a pivotal role in relieving tension and promoting healing. Calf stretches, where the heel is lowered off an elevated surface, can effectively stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Rolling a frozen water bottle under the arch of the foot provides a soothing massage, reducing inflammation. Towel curls, and scrunching a towel with your toes, can help to strengthen the muscles supporting the arch. Additionally, using your toes to grip and lift marbles off the floor can enhance dexterity. Consistency and proper technique are key to deriving benefits from these exercises, offering a proactive approach to easing the strain of plantar fasciitis. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with additional stretching techniques.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Inc. . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Sycamore, and Yorkville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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