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Massage Your Feet With a Tennis Ball

Relax Anywhere: Achy Feet

I've been way into hiking and running lately, and my feet are taking the burden. My achy tootsies could use daily foot massages, but unfortunately my hubby doesn't agree. If you're suffering from sore feet, whether it be from exercising or being on you feet all day, give this technique a try. All you need is a tennis ball or racquetball.

Here's what you do: While seated, place a tennis ball under the ball of your foot. Roll the ball back and forth under the arch of your foot several times. Pay special attention to the areas that hurt, and don't forget to massage your heel and the ball of your foot. Use as much or as little pressure as is comfortable for you. I usually do about a minute under each foot.

That's it. I promise it will ease those tired feet. Also, if you know you're going to be walking a lot on your next vacation, throw a tennis ball in your suitcase. Feet ache after a long day at work? Keep a tennis ball in your desk for a mid-day massage. Try it and let me know what you think.

aledennis aledennis 5 years
Hi I haven't foot problems for years. Then I was using a new machine at the health club. A Horizontail legs press. I didn't read the directions.....and was pressing with the arch...the ball of the foot is what to use. I think this is the reason.....not my arch is yes this rolling of the tennis ball is thebest
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
This is definitely helpful for plantar fasciitis. It totally saved my feet last spring.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Yeah, I do this when my feet are really tired after a long day. I do like the frozen water bottle idea, though...that sounds especially great in the summer.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
This is why I always collect tennis balls when I'm by the SF Tennis Club. I occasionally have Plantar Fasciitis and my doctor told my to run my foot over a tennis ball to help loosen the tendons and relive the muscle cramping. Then my nephew started ice skating competitively and he too has Plantar Fasciitis and his physiotherapist told him to do the same thing. He occasionally has to use a golf ball to relieve foot cramps or his PF. But both of us always carry a tennis ball with us in the car or on trips. I also use the tennis ball massage on my cats. I roll them over the tennis ball and they love it. They actually will massage themselves with a tennis ball if I leave them out.
lindssaurussss lindssaurussss 8 years
i put my top 1/2 foot on the wall with heel on floor and lean myself against the wall. it helps cramped feet stretches foot
forkyfork forkyfork 10 years
Good tip cageyme, I'll have to try this :)
jesse3000 jesse3000 10 years
I do this all the time. Of course I have a ton of tennis balls lying around from playing tennis and the worn out ones my jack russell gets. If does make your feet feel new again.
girlboy girlboy 10 years
my tennis coach used to make us do this
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i use a golf ball to do this, and i have plantar fasciitis too. (ToT)
JennTE JennTE 10 years
My SO used a frozen can of soda to completely cure his plantar fasciitis. When my arches are sore after a hike, I use the same can.
cageyme cageyme 10 years
Something else that soothes and refreshes tired feet is to take one of your empty Poland Spring (or other brand) water bottles (the single serving ones) and fill it with tap water and put it in the freezer. After it is frozen roll it under your bare feet like the tennis ball. I did this when I had trouble with plantar fasciitis. It works great!
Chica8a Chica8a 10 years
hmmmm i will have to try this and see if it really helps.
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 10 years
great tip. I shall try this. I normally slather on some circulagel to ease the heaviness, but I'd prefer some sort of exercise instead!
celeblover celeblover 10 years
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