Heel Spurs Exercises
Heel spur exercises are sometimes the best things you can do if you are suffering the pain of heel spurs. Heel spur exercises will strengthen the plantar fascia, which often provides pain relief in the heel. In addition, the plantar fascia is lengthened, which makes movements less stressful on the heel.
When participating in heel spur exercises, ensure the safety and protection of the injured area by wearing products that will protect the heel. One product that will provide the protection and pain relief you need during heel spur exercises is Tuli’s® Polar Bear Gel Heel Cups. They have a shock absorber that separates the injured portion of the foot from the rest of the foot, distributing the weight of the body to the edges, rather than the middle where the pain is. Some exercises recommended by Medi-Dyne include:
- Calf Stretch – Step into the ProStretch Plus™ with the toe lift mechanism intact. Slowly rock your foot back and forth, holding onto the wall for support. Hold in each position for 30 seconds, then rock to the next position.
- Plantar Fascia Stretch – Sitting with your legs outstretched in front of you, pull the injured foot up to cross over the knee of the other leg. Wrap the StretchRite® around the ball and toes of your injured foot and gently pull towards you with the handles. Hold for 20 seconds, release, and repeat 10 times.
How to Prevent Heel Spurs
Knowing how to prevent heel spurs can save you from having to feel the pain or risk further injury. Understanding how to prevent heel spurs will also help you to keep your feet in better health all together. The following are some things you should do to avoid acquiring heel spurs:
- Support – Ensure that your feet always have the proper support. This includes wearing shoes that fit and that are in good condition. It also includes wearing Tuli’s® products such as Heel Cups or Gaitors, which provide your feet with proper arch support and cushioning.
- Exercises – Exercise properly and perfect your technique so that you don’t put unnecessary pressure on your heels.
To learn more about how to prevent heel spurs, or to find the medically approved products that will help you feel relief, contact Medi-Dyne today at 800.810.1740 or 817-251-8660..