This section focuses on plantar fasciitis stretches. Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis pain is often felt in the heel of the foot.
This page lists a variety of plantar fasciitis stretches & exercises used by martial arts students. These stretches & exercises are used by martial artists to reduce the potential for plantar fasciitis injuries (which can occur due to the kicking, rapid foot movements and jumping involved in martial arts training). However, if you are already experiencing foot pain, please see a doctor in order to get an accurate diagnosis and potential treatment options. This website does not provide any medical advice.
All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor in order to ensure the proper technique is utilized. For additional martial arts stretches targeting other areas of the body, please visit the main Martial Arts Stretches page.
Plantar Fasciitis Stretches – Includes written and/or video instructions.
- Foot on Wall Calf Stretch
- Heel Drop Stretch
- Runner’s Calf Stretch
- Seated Bent Leg Foot Stretch
- Seated Cross Leg Foot Stretch
- Soleus Stretch
- Standing Calf Stretch
- Standing Gastroc Stretch
- Towel Foot Stretch
Plantar Fasciitis Exercises
- Calf Raises
- Picking up a towel with your toes.
- Rolling your foot over a ball or can.
Instructional Videos for Plantar Fasciitis Stretches
Plantar Fasciitis Stretches
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