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Here’s How To Use A Lacrosse Ball To Ease Foot Pain

Corino Aparicio, a coreology trainer, explains how a lacrosse ball can relieve foot pain. There is no better way to alleviate foot pain than using a lacrosse ball.

Aparicio says, “Like a foam roller, a lacrosse ball is used for self-myofascial release. We have around 20 muscles in our feet that help control movement, stabilize, and form the shape of our feet. Lacrosse balls can help break up muscle tension, allowing us to stretch, move more freely, and activate our muscles.”

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The best thing about trying this trick is that it’s pretty low-risk. Always consult your local podiatrist or primary care doctor if your pain is particularly severe and not subsiding.

Nawja Javed says, “The most common area for foot pain is in the arch. Several ligaments, including the plantar fascia, extend from the Achilles tendon and the gastroc muscle to cause this problem.”

A Lacrosse Ball Can Help Relieve Pain

Depending on your preference, you can use it standing up or sitting down. Dr. Javed recommends putting a hard surface under your carpet, such as hardwood floors.

Dr. Javed says, “Try to spend 30 to 60 seconds per foot, giving extra attention to higher tension areas and holding the ball for longer until the pain releases itself.”

However, be careful not to overstretch tissue in the foot while releasing tightness.

Try This If You Don’t Have a Lacrosse Ball

Dr. Javed says you can use a golf ball, baseball, or even a foam roller instead if you don’t have a lacrosse ball. Use household items like frozen water bottles or soup cans.

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According to Aparicio, foam rollers are better if you’re afraid of hurting your foot.

She says, “Foam rolling is generally softer than a lax ball and offers less intense pressure.”

The most important thing is to always listen to your body.

Dr. Javed says, “Your body is brilliant and can guide you to things that make you feel better or worse.”