If you love to play sports like soccer or you love to run, then you might not be a stranger to the pain you feel in your feet after each activity. This pain and stiffness makes it hard to move their ankles and feet around, and it can last a long time, making walking difficult. If one wants to avoid the pain and stiffness that comes after playing sports, then, what he or she should do is to first perform some stretches to ensure that the muscles are loose and relaxed and have less risk of being injured. Here, then, are a few wonderful and helpful stretches one who loves sports can do – these stretches are used by those who suffer from plantar fasciitis, and can really help foot pain.
First of all, if you want to ensure that your feet are comfortable and relaxed, you should do the kneeling down stretch, which you do by getting down on one knee with your other leg stretched out behind you. They need to keep their heel off the ground and then to lean their body forward, which presses down on the foot which is on the ground. They should hold this stretch for 20 to 30 minutes without forcing it, and the result will be that the arch of their foot will loosen up and be more flexible and relaxed.
The next stretch is a little more complex but even more wonderful when it comes to loosening the muscles in the feet: to do this stretch, you need to squat on the ground with both your hands on the ground, keeping one knee up and bending the other one. Keeping this position, you should then put the weight of your body onto one knee, and then you should slowly move your foot forward, keeping your toes to the ground and arching your foot. This stretch should also be held for 20 to 30 seconds and should be repeated twice or three times for each foot – the arch of the foot is also stretched wonderfully here, keeping pain and tightness at bay.
Last but not least, a stretch that works wonderfully for the problem of plantar fasciitis involves one standing right in front of a wall with one foot in front of the other. You need to put one leg in front of the other, and then to take your time, slowly bending the opposite leg and then holding this position for 20 to 30 seconds.
Plantar fasciitis can be very difficult to deal with, but there are ways to prevent it, and doing these stretches is certainly one of them.