by Susan Louisa Montauk, M.D.
If you have plantar fasciitis, a problem with the foot's arch that causes heel pain when you walk, stretch out your arch the home-remedy way:
- First thing each morning, place a can of frozen juice on the floor next to a chair. (The cold will help reduce the inflammation.)
- Sit down, and roll your bare foot back and forth over it, from your heel to your mid-arch, for three to five minutes.
- Three times, twice a day, sit down on a hard surface, and stretch your leg out in front of you.
- Loop a towel around the ball of your foot, and pull the towel toward your body, keeping your knee straight.
- Hold this position for 15 to 30 seconds.
SUSAN LOUISA MONTAUK, M.D., is a board-certified family doctor in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Last updated and/or approved: August 2010. Original article appeared in spring 2007 former print magazine. Bio current as of that issue. This health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.