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Stretching - to Jacki

Posted by Robin on 1/11/99 at 00:00 (003236)

This is in response to earlier posts about stretching. I am convinced that stretching hurts my foot more than helps. Even though I had stopped stretching at home, I'm in physical therapy for my knee and they have me doing strength training for my leg. Two of their stretches are similar to Scott's raised board stretch -- and when I do those properly, I can't walk for 2 days. So -- I have stoppedthose even in PT.

The only calf stretch I do is the basic runners stretch: Face the wall, hands on the wall in front of you, one foot back with foot flat on the floor stretching the Achilles tendon. I'm sure you know the one. But -- I only do it for about 10-15 seconds for each leg, twice per leg in the morning and that's it. Unlike a lot of people who have tight muscles and tight fascia, I think my plantar fascia have been overstretched from strong high arches, too flexible a foot, lots of walking and pronation. So I try not to do anything that stretches them evenmore.

I think we might be in the minority who are not helped by stretching -- but I guess it's important to learn what works for the individual. I'm with you -- I don't ice much unless I have serious pain.


Re: Stretching - to Jacki

Marilyn on 2/19/99 at 00:00 (004955)

I have had plantar fasciitis for about a year now. Previous attempts at stetching did nothing. Recently a chiropodist suggested I use prostretch to increase the length of my gastroc. It seems to help BUT if I don't internally rotate at the femur (upper thigh or hip) I get an extremely painful arch. My foot seems to be very particular about the position I stretch in. I wonder if you would find the same.

Re: Stretching - to Jacki

Jacki on 1/11/99 at 00:00 (003245)

Thanks, Robin! I appreciate the response. I guess it really is an individual thing and we have to listen to our own pain signals to tell what's best for each of us... I think I'm going to look into some different shoes now - maybe the Ecco or Mephisto I've been reading about here... Take care!

Re: Stretching - to Jacki

Marilyn on 2/19/99 at 00:00 (004955)

I have had plantar fasciitis for about a year now. Previous attempts at stetching did nothing. Recently a chiropodist suggested I use prostretch to increase the length of my gastroc. It seems to help BUT if I don't internally rotate at the femur (upper thigh or hip) I get an extremely painful arch. My foot seems to be very particular about the position I stretch in. I wonder if you would find the same.