Stretching the plantar fascia and calf muscles can increase flexibility and reduce heel pain. You can do this exercise several times each day and before and after activity.
- Stand on a step as shown above. Be sure to hold on to the banister.
- Slowly let your heels down over the edge of the step as you relax your calf muscles. You should feel a gentle stretch across the bottom of your foot and up the back of your leg to your knee.
- Hold the stretch about 15 to 30 seconds, then tighten your calf muscle a little to bring your heel back up to the level of the step.
Repeat 2 to 4 times.