Plantar fascia is an important term you need to know regarding foot health, and it is a thin ligament which connects the heel to the front of the foot.
Healthline reports that over 50 percent of Americans suffer from foot pain, and this pain is generally linked to damage to the plantar fascia, or known as plantar fasciitis.
This condition is usually caused by weight gain or repetitive motion and the people who are most likely to suffer from it are pregnant women, athletes and people who spend most of their day on their feet.
However, there are ways to prevent and treat this condition. Performing stretching exercises will provide the best relief since they relax the muscles that make this problem worse.
The following exercises are the best for reducing pain due to plantar fasciitis.
- Cross one leg over the other. Pull the heel upward on the big toe and hold it like that for 15 seconds. Repeat 3 times and then perform the same stretch with the other foot.
- Take a towel, fold it and put it under the foot arch. Pull the heel upward and stretch the foot for 15-30 seconds. Repeat this 3 times with each foot.
- Take any cylindrical object such as a water bottle and put it under the foot. Roll the foot over it for about a minute then repeat with the other one.
These exercises also prevent this painful condition. There are also other ways to avoid it such as the following:
Warming up before doing any physical work or exercise is extremely important because it protects your muscles and tendons from injury due to a sudden movement.
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