Speaking of foot health, the term ‘Plantar Fascia’ you need to be familiar with. It’s actually a thin ligament that connects the front of the foot with the heel. According to statistics, more than 50% of the U.S. citizens suffer from pain in the foot, which occurs as a result of a damage of the plantar fascia.
People suffering of this issue, in general, are obese people, athletes, people who spend most of their time standing on their feet, and pregnant women. Thankfully, there are a few methods with which you can treat and prevent this health issue.
The following stretching exercises will relax your muscles and provide relief from the foot pain:
- Cross one leg over the other and pull the heel on the big toe. Stay like that for 15 seconds and then do the same with the other leg. Repeat 3 times.
- Fold a towel and put it under your foot arch. Then, pull the heel upward, thus stretching your foot for around 20 seconds. Repeat 3 times with every foot.
- Take a cylindrical object (a water bottle, for instance) and put it under the foot. Then, roll the foot over it for around 50 seconds and repeat with the other foot.
The following exercises relieves pain as well:
- Warm up
Warming up is the most important exercise before working out, or doing any kind of physical work, since it protects your muscles from injuries as a result of sudden movements.
- Regular exercise
Having a healthy body weight and exercising are of extreme importance for this health problem. Your muscles and joints stretch during exercising, leading to reducing the risk of tightening of the foot ligaments.
- Proper foot support
Wearing the right shoes is extremely important for foot health, because they provide support to your feet and help them stay in a safe condition. Avoid walking barefoot and wearing high heels in order to prevent putting additional pressure to your heels and feet.
- Maintain healthy body weight
Control your body weight in order to avoid the extra pressure on your feet
Find time to rest your feet and heels, since they shouldn’t be exposed constantly to pressure and movement. Foot health should be taken more seriously because is of a great importance.