Everyone experiences foot problems at some point in their lives.
If you’re someone who enjoys running or exercising, chances are that you’ve had at least one of the following things:
- shin splints
- compartment syndrome
- heal pain
- achilles tendinitis, pain or tightness
- scar tissue build-up from past sprained or broken ankles (which can lead to ankle immobility and compensation patterns up your entire chain)
- limited range of motion in the ankles
- tendonitis on the tops of the feet (usually originating in the shins)
Many of these foot problems, stem from overuse of your feet and having tight calves. While stretching your calves after each workout is a good idea, in most cases, it’s not enough.
There is, however, one stretching technique that will help with all kinds of issues such as plantar fasciitis, or pain in the bottom of the feet.
This stretching technique is the best possible one-off solution you will ever find. It’s easy and saves you time by tackling both sides of your leg.
That being said, it is not a foolproof solution for everything. But doing this daily for a week will you make you feel significantly better for any the conditions mentioned previously.
How to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis (Instructions Begin at 1:35)
Using this technique you will be able to stretch ALL of your calf, more specifically the fascia in those muscles.
When you do it right you’re not just releasing your “calf” muscles (aka your gastrocnemius) but you’re also simultaneously releasing the soleus and Achilles tendon.
- Use your body weight as much as you can handle (make sure you’re not directly on your shin BONE, that will hurt and not in a good way).
- Don’t be afraid to move up and down on the calf. Once you find a good spot, hold your position and rotate your foot and point out like a ballerina.
- Remember that your fascia needs to be pinned and THEN stretched.