Arch pain, typically caused by plantar fasciitis, can really slow you down. Fortunately, there are some ways you can treat this common foot condition. Exercises and stretches, such as toe curls, can increase the flexibility of the plantar fascia — or the ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot — to decrease stress on the area. These exercises can also help strengthen muscles in the foot that support your arches. With this in mind, we rounded up a few handy arch exercise tools to help relieve your plantar fasciitis pain.
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1. Vive Foot Rocker
This device features an angled foot plate designed to ensure proper foot posture for effective stretching. Meanwhile, a raised heel plate locks the heel in place and non-slip treads prevent the foot from slipping during use.
Pros: Rubber strips on the bottom prevent the unit from sliding on non-carpeted floors. It’s also an effective tool for calf stretches and ankle strengthening. A spiked trigger point massage ball is also included with your purchase.
Cons: It may not fit some larger foot sizes.
2. Elgin Archxerciser Pro Resistance
A more advanced option in the brand’s line of arch exercising machines, this version is designed to provide extra resistance for strengthening arches of athletes. According to the brand, it should help improve jumping performance.
Pros: You place your heel onto the device with your first two toes extending over the top of the sliding bar. When you squeeze or curl your toes, you’ll feel the resistance. Grip tape helps prevent the heel from slipping.
Cons: Some may with the resistance was adjustable.
3. Pasnity Foot Massage Roller
The easiest to use on our list, this colorful roller is covered in protruding acupressure nodes designed to deliver the same therapeutic effects as a deep-tissue massage. Simply place your foot on top and move it back and forth.
Pros: It’s made of durable PVC that can withstand pressure, so it shouldn’t lose its shape. It’s an ideal size for all feet, but you can use it on other parts of the body, too. In addition to the roller, you get two spiked massage balls.
Cons: Some may find it doesn’t work as well on hard surfaces.