Are there stretches to help heel pain?

Yes! There are plenty of good stretches you can try to alleviate heel pain from conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Some of our favorites include:

  • Extend your leg forward, heel on the floor. Pull your big toe back toward your body and hold 20-30 seconds.
  • Sit on the floor as in the first stretch. Loop a towel around your foot, just under the toes, and gently pull on the ends of the towel.
  • Stand facing a wall, so that you can press your hands against it for balance. Step back with the affected leg, press your heel to the ground, and press your hips forward to get a good stretch in your calf.
  • Stand with toes on the edge of a stair and heels hanging over the edge. Slowly lower your heels until you can feel the stretch, and hold 20-30 seconds.

If heel pain or Achilles trouble is bothering you, and home care hasn’t helped enough so you can function normally, call Harvey Danciger, DPM for treatment. Whether the best solution for you involves orthotics, physical therapy, laser therapy, or something else, Dr. Danciger will help you find it. Dial 760-568-0108 for an appointment today.

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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle