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Home Remedy for Plantar Fasciitis: Stretches for Your Feet

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by Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D.

If you have plantar fasciitis, a problem with the foot's arch that causes heel pain when you walk, stretch out your arch the home-remedy way:


PART ONE

  1. First thing each morning, place a can of frozen juice on the floor next to a chair. (The cold will help reduce the inflammation.)
  2. Sit down, and roll your bare foot back and forth over it, from your heel to your mid-arch, for three to five minutes.

PART TWO
  1. Three times, twice a day, sit down on a hard surface, and stretch your leg out in front of you.
  2. Loop a towel around the ball of your foot, and pull the towel toward your body, keeping your knee straight.
  3. Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
  4. Relax.


SUSAN LOUISA MONTAUK, M.D.,
is a board-certified family doctor in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Last updated and/or approved: August 2010.
Original article appeared in spring 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
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