A doctor can prescribe medications and splints, or create custom therapy plans that designed to alleviate the pain you experience due to plantar fasciitis. But they'll also likely advise you to minimize any physical activities that put pressure on your heels, which can make it tough to get the exercise you need for good health. Here are a few fun and effective exercise options to consider using while you're being treated by your doctor for plantar fasciitis:
Take up Kayaking
An excellent way to get some exercise and fresh air at the same time is to go kayaking at a local lake or in the ocean if it happens to be nearby. You'll get a thorough upper-body workout the entire time you're kayaking, and your leg muscles will be put to use as you navigate twists and turns. Best of all, you won't have to use your feet or heels much to take advantage of this form of exercise. Buy an inflatable kayak so it easily fits in your vehicle and plan two or three kayak trips a month to keep yourself in good shape without having to put a lot of wear and tear on your heels.
Practice Sitting Yoga
Yoga is known for its intense moves that require use of the entire body, including the feet and heels. But there are many yoga poses that can be done in a sitting position, and that will help keep your muscles toned and your mind settled. Borrow some yoga books from the library and choose a handful of sitting poses you can use to create a custom routine to do at home in your spare time. By practicing sitting yoga on a regular basis you'll keep your body strong and learn breathing techniques you can use to help control your heel pain when it arises throughout the day.
Buy a Baton
Baton twirling doesn't require a lot of foot action, and can even be done while standing in place or sitting down if necessary. It works the arm, chest, and even stomach muscles which will help keep you slim and toned as time goes on. And baton twirling offers an excellent opportunity to stretch your body so it's easier to get around throughout the day. If you stand while twirling your baton, you'll strengthen your leg muscles without putting too much pressure on your heels.
These exercise options can be used in combination with one another to create a regular routine that's exciting and inspirational overall.