Apr 8, 2016
According to the Mayo Clinic "Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes."
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases.
Utiize thes Tao-Well: Rehab-Well acupressure and masage therapy techniques to address your heel/foot pain and these therapeutic stretching exercises to stretch your plantar fascia and your Achilles tendon.
1. Acupressure & Massage: For heel/foot pain you can position the middle orb under your heel to perform acupressure and/or deep tissue massage into the plantar surface of your foot (a common point of pain associated with plantar fasciitis). For acupressure press down into the orb during your exhale (4-‐5 seconds) and release on your inhale (3-‐4 seconds). For massage press your foot into the orb and roll your foot/heel forward and backward 10-‐20 times. Repeat as needed.
2. Stretching: Stretching the soles, or plantar surface, of the feet is a great way to address foot pain. Place your heel up against one of the end-‐orbs and pull up on the other end to stretch your foot from your heel to your toes. Hold for 10-‐20 seconds. Repeat as needed.
3. Stretching: To stretch the Achilles tendon, heel, and forefoot, place the Tao-‐Well on the floor. Then while placing your foot on the Tao-‐Well fabric you should extend and press your toes upward against the end orb. Next, assume a standing lunge position as you keep your foot positioned on the Tao-‐Well and then pull up on the other end orb. Step far enough forward with the opposite foot to appreciate this stretch. Hold for 10-‐20 seconds. Repeat as needed.