Research has shown that some simple daily exercises can assist greatly in the relief of Plantar Fasciitis. Below are the exercises prescribed mostly by podiatrists and physiotherapists in Australia.
IMPORTANT: Stretching exercises should create a pulling feeling, but they should never cause pain! We recommend you do these exercises first thing in the monring and again 2 or 3 times during the day, but you don't need to do them all at once.
Tight calf muscles are a major contributing factor to problems in the heels. Flexible calves will assist with reduing the tension on the plantar fascia.
Stand facing a wall with your hands on the wall at about eye level. Put the leg you want to stretch about a step behind your other leg.Keeping your back heel on the floor, bend your front knee until you feel a stretch in the back leg.Hold the stretch for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times
This exercise will help make the Plantar Fascia (ligaments under the foot) more flexible. Usually after sleeping the Plantar Fascia tightens and shortens during the night, causing a sharp pain with your first steps out of bed.
Use a tennis or golf ball (or rolling pin). While seated roll the ball with the arch of your foot back and forth from the heel to the ball of the foot. If this feels okay and doesn't hurt you can progress by doing this exercise while you are standing up. Keep rolling the ball for about 4-5 minutes.
This is an excellent exercise to make the plantar fascia more flexible. Roll a towel and place it under the ball of your foot, holding the towel at both ends. Gently pull the towel toward you while keeping your knee straight. Hold this position for 15 to 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.