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If you feel sharp pains in your feet when you take your first steps of the day, try these easy stretches. They don’t take long to do, and they are specifically designed to treat plantar fasciitis.
Stretching first thing in the morning before getting out of bed is great for alleviating foot pain. Watch this video to see two ways to do it.
“Also, to reduce inflammation and heal the plantar fascia, it is also essential to support the arch of the foot, Dr. Nicolosi says.
She advises people to avoid any barefoot walking and to wear firm arch supports and wear athletic shoes every day.
“Treatment of plantar fasciitis is gradual because the ligament needs to be stretched out and lengthened in order for the condition to resolve.”