Foot Dynamics Custom Footbeds and Orthotics Blog
Among the most effective treatments for heel pain is stretching, especially the posterior c compartment which includes the Achilles tendon, hamstrings, soleus and gastrocnemius muscles. Unfortunately even five minutes of stretching several times a day isn’t likely to have much impact over the course of a full day of walking with your heels elevated 12 mm or more. By lowering your heel height to zero you will get the benefit of a full day of stretching without stopping to make time for a stretching regiment. Birkenstocks and Altra shoes are the perfect choice for healthy footwear.
The most effective stretches involve the back of the leg and the best stretch will come from wearing shoes with no or little heel rise instead of short duration stretching. Altra Zero Drop shoes and Birkenstocks are best.