If you’re feeling disillusioned with your achy feet, there’s no need to resign yourself to living out the rest of your days as a couch potato. Foot pain can be brought on by any number of reasons and affects young and old alike. What might start off as mild discomfort can quickly turn into chronic pain, which can be remarkably incapacitating and even embarrassing. The good news is, with a little determination on your part, the following tried and tested exercises can work wonders in helping restore your feet back to their happy and healthy state.
Stretch Your Plantar Fascia Every Morning
You would be forgiven for thinking that the plantar fascia sounds more like an exotic herb than a common body part. It is in fact the thick band of tissue that supports the arch underneath your foot. By routinely stretching this tissue at the start of the day, you will help to loosen your ligaments and muscles and ease up any built-up tension in the area. Flex your foot upwards and pull your toes up gently using your hand. When you feel the stretch along the ball of your foot, hold this position for several seconds before releasing and subsequently repeating a few more times.
Massage Your Plantar Fascia With A Tennis Ball
The plantar fascia also lends itself well to a massage, which can be key to relaxing chronic stiffness and reducing foot pain. Rolling a tennis ball around the arch of each foot using a little pressure for a few minutes a day not only helps to relieve crampy, tight and tired muscles but also reduces any swelling and improves circulation. Since our feet bear the burden of our weight, they are just as deserving of a bit of love and attention as our backs and other areas we so readily massage.
Stretch Your Calves Every Night
Don’t be too quick to assume that foot pain is an isolated issue. Stretching the lower leg muscles at the end of a long day can have a considerable impact on the well-being of our feet. There are various ways this stretch can be achieved; one of the most effective is to loop a towel around the ball of the foot and gently ease it towards your body until you feel a stretch in the calf area. Hold the stretch for several seconds and then repeat the sequence three or four times. This will loosen the calf muscles which will in turn exert less pull on the heel, ultimately relaxing the foot.
Press Your Heel With Ice
Although it may not feel like a particularly pleasant sensation, applying ice to the heel of the foot for ten minutes or so each day can achieve fast pain relief and reduce aches and inflammation very effectively. You don’t need anything fancy, just a simple ice cube, bottle of icy water or even a pack of frozen peas will do the trick.
These four easy, affordable and effective techniques can make a world of difference in helping relieve your chronic or acute foot pain. If symptoms persist or deteriorate, however, you may need specialist advice to accurately pinpoint the root of the problem. Step By Step Family Professional Family Foot Care is a trusted provider of Chiropody services and our team would be happy to help assess and treat your condition. Book an appointment with us and we will do our best to help keep you active and free from pain.