Exercises to Reduce Heel Pain and Tightness

Dr. Robert 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.

Heel PainWhen you suffer from pain and tightness in your heels, it could cause you to miss out on so many fun activities. National Geographic’s Real Pirates exhibit has made its way to Moody Gardens. There is so much to see and do, but it requires being on your feet. Now is the time to start exercises to reduce heel pain, so that you can keep up with the rest of your family.

If your discomfort is worse in the morning after you’ve been resting your feet for a long time, you might be dealing withplantar fasciitis. This is when the band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. At the first sign of plantar fasciitis you should begin a stretching regimen. This can lessen the effects of the inflammation and help the plantar fascia become accustomed to more pressure being put on the foot without tearing.

These exercises are designed to stretch the calf muscles as well as the muscles in the feet. To stretch your calves all you need is a wall. To get a good stretch, place your hands against a wall, put one leg back, and lean forward until you feel the stretch. Switch legs so that each side gets attention. For your feet, you could use a water bottle to roll under your arches. You can also stretch your feet by placing a towel on the floor and using your muscles to scrunch the towel towards you and then push it away again.

If you’re interested in learning about more exercises to reduce heel pain, Parker Foot and Ankle in Houston is the place to come. We can answer your questions and get you the help you need. Call Dr. Robert Parker at 281-497-2850 to schedule an appointment at. You can also book one online at your convenience.

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