Why is stretching suggested for pain relief and recovery?

Put simply, we recommend stretching for pain relief, recovery, and prevention because it works! Many lower limb issues are caused by connective tissues that are too tight, especially the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. These tissues feel excessive pull when the calf muscles are tight. Stretching your lower legs is a great way to relieve stress on them.

Stretching is a smart activity for injury recovery because it is a low-impact way to get your muscles moving, but without placing extra pressure or stress on them. Stretches can also help to make muscles limber again when they have become tight and inflexible due to inactivity.

As effective as a stretching program can be, it is also one of the most boring activities known to man. Like any other task, it is much easier to do when it becomes a habit.

For more information on stretches to relieve pain and recover from foot and ankle injuries, schedule an appointment with our Indianapolis, IN office at (317) 545-0505 or contact us online and we will be glad to help. If you are currently suffering from foot or ankle pain, we can provide you the treatment you need.