A stretching routine can prevent pain from plantar fasciitis. Here’s how:
• Cross your affected leg over your other leg.
• Using the hand on your affected side, take hold of your affected foot and pull your toes up toward your shin.
• Check for the appropriate stretch position by gently rubbing the thumb of your other hand over the arch of the affected foot. The plantar fascia should feel firm, like a guitar string.
• Hold the stretch for a count of 10, and repeat 10 times. Do this at least three times a day – more often is better. The most important times to stretch are before taking the first step in the morning and before standing after a period of prolonged sitting.
Source: American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.
August 16, 2010
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