This blog is written by Dr. Andrew Flesner. In this blog, he talks about why hip and ankle stability is imperative for happy, healthy, pain-free feet.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries we treat at Airrosti. It can impact people of all activity levels, from professional athletes to office workers. While the symptoms of this injury can vary from mild to acute and severe, plantar fasciitis can become a chronic and painful condition if left untreated.
While most people have felt the pains of this injury, most are unaware of why it occurs. The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot and is responsible for maintaining the arch of the foot. While the pain from plantar fasciitis is felt along this arch, the cause often stems from instability in the ankle or hip. When these joints are weak, it places unnecessary stress on the feet, leading to inflammation and pain.
Building Hip and Ankle Stability
Strong hips and stable ankles strengthen your body’s foundation and take stress off your feet. Below are two fun exercises you can add to your daily routine to increase hip and ankle stability.
This exercise focuses on strengthening your glutes and hips. Grab a band and get started!
- Place a band on the ground and step onto it.
- Stand shoulder-width apart and cross the band to make an “X”.
- Bring the band back around your legs and hold it in front of your hips.
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight and step laterally.
- Do not let the knees cave in.
- Complete 5 steps in both directions.
Building up your foot muscles also takes pressure off your plantar fascia. Working out your foot and toe muscles is just as important as strength training other muscles in your body. This exercise is a simple movement with a big payoff in improving foot strength and mobility.
- Sit in a chair with bare feet.
- With one foot, lift your big toe up and push your other four toes into the ground.
- Next, push your big toe down and lift your other four toes off the ground.
- Repeat 10 times on each foot.
Airrosti Fixes Plantar Fasciitis
If your foot pain is too much to bear, visit your local Airrosti Provider. We will pinpoint the root cause of your pain and treat it directly at the source. Plantar Fasciitis is an injury we often see here at Airrosti, and our experienced providers are ready to help you get back on your feet in as little as 3 visits (based on patient-reported outcomes), so schedule an appointment today!
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