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By Dr. Philip Pinsker
November 26, 2013
Category: Heel Problems

According to a recent Gallup poll that targeted American workers, 70% are totally disengaged at work and 20% actually hate their job. There are many factors involved in this but it is a pretty sad statistic that shows so many who spend their day unhappily.

Another thing that can start the day off on the wrong foot, literally, is heel pain. Discomfort in this area is very common and is often attributed to injury of the plantar fascia. This is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. Overnight the plantar fascia has the chance to tighten, so when you step out of bed and stretch it again, the pain can be intense. Exercise, overuse and poor fitting footwear can cause strain to the plantar fascia. Small tears can result, which lead to pain and inflammation and ultimately a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Simple morning stretches can help ease your heel pain. Start by standing with one foot in front of the other, both feet flat on the floor. Use something to hold on to if needed and then bend your knees slightly, still keeping feet flat on the floor. Next, sit in a chair and put a tennis ball, rolling pin or water bottle under the affected foot. Roll your foot back and forth to massage and stretch the arch. Then, sit on the floor with your legs stretched in front. Wrap a small towel around the balls of your feet and gently pull the towel towards you to feel the stretch in your foot. Lastly, use a step or a stack of books and stand on the edge. Allow your heels to drop a few inches and hold the stretch for 3-5 seconds. Repeat a few times and progress to doing one foot at a time.

Foot pain is often best addressed by using a combination of treatment options. If your pain is getting worse and these exercises alone are not helping, we have many other treatments that will target the cause of your discomfort and provide relief. Contact Dr. Philip Pinsker today for help. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 to make an appointment today.  

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