People generally do not know much about plantar fascia until they experience pain in their heel. Plantar fascis is a tendon that connects the heel to the toe. Running, jumping or even walking can cause damage to the ligament (tearing of the tissue or swelling) because of the pressure these activities create. Running, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, puts pressure on the heels almost three times the body weight. The problem is quite widespread as almost 50 per cent Americans suffer from plantar fasciitis (pain in the heel). Wearing high heel shoes, excessive walking or standing and weight gain due to pregnancy are some other causes of plantar fasciitis.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis the following simple exercises for plantar fasciitis will rid you of this pain.
1Towel Exercises for Plantar Fasciitis
- Sit in a chair and stretch your right leg. Fold a towel (lengthwise) and make it an exercise strap. Place the towel under the heel and pull on both sides of the towel.
- Move your foot side ways or in upward/downward motion to massage the heel.
- You can also place the towel under the toe for this exercise.
- Next, perform this exercise by placing the towel under the left toe and heel.
- For extra benefit use a towel soaked in warm water to relax the aching muscles.