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Exercises to manage foot pain

The foot can be affected by many different conditions. Two causes of foot pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Try the exercises suggested here to help ease pain and prevent future injuries. Your pain should ease within 2 weeks and you should recover over approximately a 4–6 week period.

 Sitting plantar fascia stretch 

Towel pickup exercise

 Plantar fascia stretch

Wall push exercise

Achilles tendon and plantar fascia stretch

Summary

  • The foot can be affected by many different conditions. Two causes of foot pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
  • Finding comfortable footwear and using insoles if needed can help with symptoms.
  • You can take painkillers to ease pain. Taking them before exercise can help you stay active without causing extra pain.
  • Try the exercises suggested here to help ease pain and prevent future injuries.
  • Your pain should ease within 2 weeks and you should recover over approximately a 4-6 week period.

Download the foot pain advice pamphlet (PDF).

Advice pamphlets developed in conjunction with Wolverhampton City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)/Primary Care Trust (PCT) and approved by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

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