Foot pain is something that can arise for any number of reasons. Whether it is a result of a vigorous workout, a long day of standing and walking around, or even a condition like plantar fasciitis, the end result is always the same: a desire for fast relief. Luckily, that relief may be easier to achieve than you think, and all it may require is a few minutes and a tennis ball.

 

Of course, the first thing to pop in your head when you think of a tennis ball is, well, tennis. But in PR, we know there is always more to a brand — or in this case, an object — than what you see on the surface; there is always additional potential. With a little exploration and rebranding, it’s entirely possible for something as simple and supposedly singular in function as a tennis ball to be transformed into an object with a whole new secondary purpose.

 

A tennis ball massage can help relieve foot pain caused by factors like inflammation in the plantar fascia by improving blood flow and breaking down tension in strained areas (orthoinfo.aaos.org)

A tennis ball massage can help relieve foot pain caused by factors like inflammation in the plantar fascia by improving blood flow and breaking down tension in strained areas (orthoinfo.aaos.org)

An average tennis ball can serve as a great tool in self-massaging your feet and providing fast pain relief. Simply place a tennis ball under the arch of your bare foot and slowly roll your foot back and forth on the ball, applying a comfortable amount of pressure. Continue to do this for about two minutes or so, making sure to roll the ball along all areas of your foot, from your heel to the ball of the foot.

 

Massaging your feet in this way is helpful for a number of reasons. It relieves pain directly in your feet by stretching out the arches, improving ankle flexibility, and preventing foot cramps. It also alleviates inflammation of the connective tissue along the bottom of your foot, called the plantar fascia, that can cause heel pain.

 

Beyond your feet, though, this trick can also provide relief throughout your legs. The connective tissue in your leg, the fascia, links your feet to your calves and hamstrings. For this reason, the application of pressure to your foot can then help achieve relief in other areas of your leg, such as by improving leg flexibility and releasing tension in muscles like your hamstrings.

 

What are some of your favorite tricks to soothe tired feet and legs? Share them with us below or tweet me @tamarahoumi