Plantar Fasciitis Home Exercises

Jun 05, 2024
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Thank you for trusting us with your care. As we discussed in our session today, the pain from heel is most likely due to Plantar Fasciitis. Please follow the home instructions below until your next appointment.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, resulting from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Proper home care and exercises can significantly alleviate symptoms and promote healing.


Calf Stretching Exercises

Regular calf stretching can help alleviate tension in the plantar fascia and reduce pain. Perform the following exercises several times daily:

  1. Wall Calf Stretch:

    • Stand facing a wall with your hands placed on the wall at shoulder height.
    • Step one foot back, keeping it straight with the heel on the ground.
    • Bend your front knee and lean forward until you feel a stretch in the calf of the back leg.
    • Hold for 30 seconds, then switch legs. Repeat 3 times for each leg.
  2. Stair Stretch:

    • Stand on the edge of a step or curb with your heels hanging off.
    • Gently lower your heels down, keeping your knees straight, until you feel a stretch in your calves.
    • Hold for 30 seconds, then raise your heels back to the starting position. Repeat 3 times.
  3. Towel Stretch:

    • Sit on the floor with your legs extended in front of you.
    • Loop a towel around the ball of your foot and gently pull the towel towards you, keeping your knee straight.
    • Hold for 30 seconds, then switch to the other foot. Repeat 3 times for each foot.

Rolling a Frozen Bottle of Water

Rolling a frozen bottle of water under your foot can help reduce inflammation and soothe pain:

  1. Freeze a Water Bottle: Place a plastic water bottle in the freezer until frozen solid.
  2. Rolling Exercise:
    • Sit on a chair and place the frozen bottle on the floor.
    • Roll the bottle under your foot, applying gentle pressure, for 10-15 minutes.
    • Repeat this exercise 2-3 times a day, especially after activities that cause discomfort.

Additional Tips for Managing Plantar Fasciitis

  1. Supportive Footwear: Wear shoes with good arch support and cushioning. Avoid walking barefoot or wearing unsupportive footwear like flip-flops.
  2. Orthotic Inserts: Consider using custom orthotic inserts or over-the-counter arch supports to provide additional support and alleviate pressure on the plantar fascia.
  3. Night Splints: Wearing a night splint can help keep the plantar fascia stretched while you sleep, reducing morning pain and stiffness.

Long-Term Care and Prevention

  1. Maintain a Healthy Weight: Excess weight can put additional strain on your feet, so maintaining a healthy weight can help prevent and manage plantar fasciitis.
  2. Regular Stretching: Continue with calf stretching exercises even after symptoms improve to maintain flexibility and prevent recurrence.
  3. Gradual Increase in Activity: When resuming physical activities, increase intensity gradually to avoid overstressing the plantar fascia.


By adhering to these home care instructions and incorporating regular stretching and strengthening exercises, you can effectively manage plantar fasciitis and promote healing. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us at 623.439.2200.