Are you sick and tired of sharp foot pain when you first get out of bed? Mornings are hard enough as it is without adding the fear of foot pain to the mix. If you google “foot pain”, the most common diagnosis is plantar fasciitis. But that doesn’t answer the question of why are YOU suffering from this pain?
Many attribute plantar fasciitis to having “flat feet” but that’s just one reason. It can also be a result of knocked knees or tight calves…places OTHER than the foot itself!
If you’ve been told to rest and apply ice with minimal relief it might be time to change your approach! Give these exercises a try and see if you notice a difference.
SHORT FOOT ACTIVATION
Start standing with your feet hip-width apart
Establish a tripod by digging your heel, base of pinky toe, and base of big toe into the ground on both feet
While maintaining those 3 contact points, try to “pull” your big toe and heel closer together creating a ‘short foot’. Repeat 10-15 times.
Stand on a stool (with support) or a stair stand with your heels hanging off the edge
Raise up onto your tip toes and hold for 3-5 seconds
SLOWLY lower and sink into your heels as far as you can creating length in your calf. Repeat up to 10 times.
CALF MUSCLES TRIGGER POINT RELEASE
Using your hand or a massage stick roll up and down your calf finding “speed bumps” and holding pressure on each for 15-20 seconds to release tension. Repeat throughout the day as needed.
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Today, many people accept low back pain as a part of their life and suffer in pain daily. In fact, low back pain is the most common cause of disability in the US! Many of these cases resolve completely in just a few months.
So why do we go on accepting that we have to deal with low back pain everyday?
WELL, WE DON’T HAVE TO!
Did you know adding a few simple stretching to your daily routine can help reduce and prevent your low back pain? Research has shown that if you improve your low back and hip mobility you decrease the likelihood of chronic pain.
What’s stopping you?? Give these THREE EASY STRETCHES a try and see how much better you feel after a week!
Lay face down with hands placed at shoulder height.
Look up towards the ceiling as you push yourself up into a pushup position while letting your hips sink towards the floor. Hold for 5 seconds then return to the starting position and completely relax.
Repeat up to 20 times.
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH
Stand in front of a chair or couch that is around knee height.
Place one foot on a chair/couch so your knee is bent to ~90 degrees.
Raise your opposite arm up and extend backwards gently. (You should feel a stretch in the front of your hip on the leg that is planted on the floor.) Hold for 15-20 seconds and repeat on the opposite side.
KNEE HUG STRETCH
While sitting in a chair bring one ankle on top of your opposite thigh.
Gently pull your bent knee towards your chest. You should feel a gentle stretch in the back of your bent leg. Hold for 15-30 seconds and repeat on the other side. (For extra stretch lean towards the knee your hugging.)