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Plantar fasciitis is the medical term for inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot.

Foot pain…..not something you want to deal with on a regular basis.

Did you know foot pain affects more than 50 percent of Americans? The most common cause is plantar fasciitis.

Repetitive motion and added weight can damage or tear the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and pain, resulting in long-term discomfort and treatment if not addressed immediately.

While there are some very interesting and advanced treatments to help get rid of your discomfort, there are some simple (and free) things you can do at home to help prevent and possibly reverse plantar fasciitis. Such as:

  • Calf Stretching – There are two main muscles in the lower leg that attach to the heel, so you will want to stretch these by standing against a wall and slide one leg back, pushing the heel down towards the floor. When you feel a stretch in the lower part of your leg, hold it for 30 seconds. After those 30 seconds are up, bend your knees until a deeper stretch is felt a bit lower in the leg Again, hold this stretch for 30 seconds and repeat this until you’ve done it 3 times on each leg.
  • Plantar Fascia Stretching – pulling your toes up with your hand until you feel a stretch along the ball of your foot. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat

It’s important to keep note that while the suggestions above may relieve your foot pain or discomfort, you may not see immediate results. This requires consistency in order to relieve the inflammation of the muscles and tissues.

Make sure to consult with your physician about the above suggestions prior to your home remedy treatments. If you experience more pain or discomfort, stop these exercises and stretches and see your physician immediately.