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How to Stretch the Calf and Plantar Fascia

Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

When frequent foot stretches are performed, the overall health of the body may be positively affected. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and research has shown the importance of performing simple foot exercises. An effective calf stretch consists of standing against a wall, while pointing the foot up, and leaning into the stretch. This position can be held for several seconds, and then repeated on the other foot. The plantar fascia is located on the bottom of the foot, and connects the toes to the heel. It can be stretched while sitting down and rolling the sole of the foot on a tennis ball or similar object. If you would like additional stretching techniques for various parts of the foot, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Abeer M. Foteh, DPM from Greater Houston Foot Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Baytown, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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