Exercises for Arch Pain From High-Heeled Shoes

Bring a tennis ball to work to massage your arch while you sit at your desk.
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High heels look great with your favorite skirt, but beauty can be painful. High heels cause the tendons and ligaments that support your arch to tighten. This can lead to pain in the arch of your foot -- a condition called plantar fasciitis. Perform exercises to stretch your arch and reduce pain after you wear your high heels.

Towel Stretch

Step 1

Stretch your arch with a bath towel first thing in the morning and again before you go to bed. Sit on a firm surface with your legs straight out in front of you.

Step 2

Loop the towel around the ball of your foot and hold one end of the towel in each hand.

Step 3

Pull the towel toward you until you feel a stretch -- without pain -- along the arch of your foot. Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, relax and repeat three times.

Standing Stretch

Step 1

Stretch your arch in a standing position throughout your day. Stand on the ball of your foot on the edge of a stair.

Step 2

Keeping your knee straight, lower your heel below the step until you feel a stretch along the back of your calf and in the arch of your foot.

Step 3

Hold for 20 to 30 seconds, relax and repeat three times. Repeat this exercise with your knees slightly bent to target different muscle fibers.

Towel Curls

Step 1

Strengthen the muscles that support your arch with towel curls. Sit in a chair, remove your shoe and lay a small towel lengthwise under your toes.

Step 2

Keep your heel on the ground and curl your toes, scrunching the towel toward your foot.

Step 3

Straighten the towel back out when you reach the opposite end and repeat this exercise three times.

Tennis Ball Massage

Step 1

Perform self-massage exercises to reduce pain in your arch. Sit in a chair and remove your shoe.

Step 2

Place your foot on top of a tennis ball and position it under your arch.

Step 3

Press down on the ball with your foot until you feel pressure -- without pain -- and roll the ball around your arch for 60 seconds. Relax and repeat three times.

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