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Friday, August 20, 2010

Plantar Fasciitis/Achilles Tendinitis: Stretches To Do and Not To Do

This short video demonstrates the 4 common weight bearing stretches for plantar fasciitis and achilles tendinitis. The Gastroc Stretch, the Soleus Stretch, and the Plantar Fascial Wall Stretch are all safe and can be done multiple times throughout the day to improve flexibility. The final stretch demonstrated called the Negative Heel Calf Stretch is potentially dangerous and places too much abnormal stress on the plantar fascia, heel, achilles tendon, and midfoot areas. The first 3 safe stretches have one major safety valve. That is that the stretch is done with the heel on the ground in a stable position. Please see the links below for other posts on these important exercises.

I sure hope these help!! Dr Blake

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