Are there stretches to relieve my heel pain?

Yes, there certainly are stretches for heel pain that can offer you some relief. They target tightness in your plantar fascia band and in your calf muscles. By loosening these tissues, you alleviate the stress on your heel, giving you some relief from pain. Here are a few easy exercises you can try yourself:

  • Cold massage – Freeze a tennis ball or water bottle. While it’s frozen, set it on the ground and roll it back and forth under your sole. Press down on it gently to massage your feet.
  • Plantar stretch – Sit with your painful foot propped up on the opposite knee. Flex your foot and pull back gently on your big toe.
  • Towel stretch – Wrap a towel around the ball of your foot and grab the free ends with your hands. Pull back on the towel until you feel a stretch.

There are plenty of other possible stretches. If you’d like to learn more about stretches for heel pain, just let us know. You can use the web request form, or contact Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, by phone. Just call (281) 497-2850.

Robert G. Parker
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Dr. Parker is a podiatrist and surgeon in Houston, TX who has been helping patients for more than 40 years.