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Plantar Fasciitis Stretches

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort, and walking can be difficult. The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot, and it connects the heel to the toes. It can gradually become irritated or torn from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, propelling many patients to look for relief. It may also come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, an injury to the plantar fascia may cause it to become damaged, which can lead to sudden pain. Some people find it can help to perform specific stretches that can provide comfort. Grasping and releasing a towel with the toes can be effective in stretching the plantar fascia, in addition to standing on a book and curling the toes around the edge. This is followed by straightening them out, and can be repeated several times. Ankle circles are an easy exercise to perform. This can be accomplished by rotating the ankle in a clockwise direction, then switching to counter clockwise. Repeating this numerous times on each foot may help to reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis, and guide you toward correct treatment solutions.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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