Exercises for heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
If you have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, you may find a benefit from some simple exercises that you can try at home.
This is in addition to:
- Resting and avoiding aggravating activities (generally prolonged standing and walking).
- Avoiding footwear that makes it worse (generally try and wear more supportive and cushioned footwear, like running trainers).
- If advised by your GP, pharmacist of another qualified health professional, you could take a short course of anti-Inflammatory medication.
You may have also been told to stretch or massage the foot/arch (plantar fascia) or the calf muscles.
These exercises can help with plantar fasciitis/heel pain, however they do not always help, and if you have been advised not to perform exercises then you should not.
Also, if these exercises make the pain worse, stop and seek further advice.
The heel pain expert has produced some great content which we hope you find useful.
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What do I do if my heel pain doesn’t improve?
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Other therapies include:
- Taping and strapping
- Custom foot orthoses (insoles)
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)
- Steroid Injections