Two studies have shown that a new stretch is the most successful form of stretching for treatment of plantar fasciitis. It has been shown to be a very effective adjunct to treatments such as orthotics and anti-inflammatory measures. It can help to reduce pain significantly.
This new stretch is more specific at targeting the plantar fascia than previous stretches. Previously, the standard stretch for plantar fasciitis was to do a standing Achilles tendon stretch.
How to Perform the Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
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When to Perform the Plantar Fasciitis Stretch
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1. Digiovanni BF, et. al. Plantar fascia-specific stretching exercise improves outcomes in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. A prospective clinical trial with two-year follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Aug;88(8):1775-81.
2. Flanigan RM,et.al. The influence of foot position on stretching of the plantar fascia. Foot Ankle Int. 2007 Jul;28(7):815-22.
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