Sharp heel pain in the morning is no way to start the day, especially when you live in Bethpage, NY and have things to do! Living on Long Island means that you have a wide range of social options at your disposal, including art exhibitions, karaoke, plays, cinema, and concerts. All those choices lose their luster, however, when you are dealing with painful heels.
We want you to take advantage of whichever Long Island events suit your fancy, but plantar fasciitis symptoms can often interfere. There are a variety of treatment methods for this condition, and one that is worth trying is stretches for heel pain. This is a good starting point for your inflamed plantar fascia because it’s cheap (free) and you have all the equipment you need (you).
- Stand in front of a wall and put your hands on the wall, even with your shoulders. Slide your right foot forward so it is about 5 inches closer to the wall. Keep your weight evenly distributed on both of your feet. Slowly squat around 8 inches. Make sure you feel the stretch in your heel and calf muscles and hold for around thirty seconds. Switch legs.
- Resume the same starting position as the previous stretch, only this time step forward so your right foot is only 2 inches away from the wall. Shift your bodyweight to that front leg and bend slowly at your right knee. Lean your body towards the wall until you experience a good stretch in your left leg’s calf muscles. Hold for thirty seconds and then switch legs.
- Now go to a staircase and stand on the first step, keeping your feet together. Allow your heels to overhang, but your toes and balls of your feet need to stay on the step. Support yourself by having one hand on the railing or wall. Slowly raise up on your toes and then lower back to the starting position ten times.
Performing stretches to help with heel pain is a step in the right direction, but you should still make an appointment with your friendly Nassau County podiatrist at Foot Specialists of Long Island. Our office is prepared to get to the bottom of your pain, provide an accurate diagnosis, and then make it go away. You can receive the exceptional care that our patients have come to expect by calling (516) 804-9038 today.
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