Rolling the foot with a ball is an exercise you can complete on your own as a way to massage and stretch the bottom of the foot and the plantar fascia making it much less likely to become irritated. A ball can help to improve flexibility and range of motion of the ankle.
The type of ball to be used is open — what do you have at home? A softer ball is easier to start with and you can work your way up to a lacrosse ball or a golf ball.
Put enough pressure on the ball to get a deep massage. You may feel some soreness, back off if you feel any pain.
Try it… Sole Searching
Remember the ball loosens up stiffness in your sole’s muscles, joints, and connective tissues.
How to do it:
1. Circle the ball under your heel with some pressure.
2. Slowly roll your foot from heel to toe through the middle of the foot. Repeat for 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Roll the ball side to side so the ball crosses your arch. for 1 to 2 minutes.
4. Curve your toes around the ball to open up the phalanges and metatarsals. Help with your other foot if needed.
Repeat with your other foot.