Most physicians recommend trying various physical therapy options to relieve the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. These all involve some form of stretching. Plantar fasciitis stretches are usually staples of any physical therapy for this condition. The calf stretch is another common method. Positive results should be expected within a week or so of starting these stretching programs. It is advisable to try variations of these exercises to customize the program for yourself.
Below we have some easy to follow videos. They basically show what to expect in terms of stretching and exercise from a physical therapy session related to plantar fasciitis. Obviously not all insurance plans cover physical therapy, so these videos can serve as an inexpensive way of getting much of the same treatment, within limits. However, if benefits aren’t seen within a couple of weeks it would be wise to schedule a PT visit.
STRETCHING AND EXERCISE VIDEOS
This video shows a series of 6 stretches/exercises that are commonly recommended by physical therapists who treat patients for plantar fasciitis. It is recommended to do these first thing in the morning when you are getting out of bed. True, this is the ideal time for the most benefit, but the exercises will help your condition if done at other times as well. Faster results can be expected if they are done first thing each day.
This video shows a series of 3 exercises to help with plantar fasciitis. These are recommended first thing in the morning as well. The calf stretch and plantar fascia stretch are highlighted. A self-foot massage to loosen up the affected area is also demonstrated.