Plantar Fasciitis and Massage Therapy
Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a thick, web like ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints. Your plantar fascia ligaments experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily life. Normally, these ligaments act as shock absorbers, supporting the arch of the foot. Too much pressure on your feet can damage or tear the ligaments; the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The major complaint of those with plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel but some people experience pain at the bottom mid-foot area. This develops gradually over time. It usually affects just one foot, but it can affect both feet. Some people describe the pain as dull while others experience a sharp pain. Some people feel a burning or ache on the bottom of the foot extending outward from the heel. The pain is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed or if you’ve been sitting or lying down for a while. Climbing stairs can be very difficult due to heel stiffness. After prolonged activity, the pain can flare up due to increased inflammation. Pain isn’t usually felt during the activity but rather just after stopping.
Tight Achilles tendons, which are the tendons attaching your calf muscles to your heels, may also result in plantar fascia pain. Wearing shoes with soft soles and poor arch support can also result in plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis isn't typically the result of heel spurs.
There are many treatment options available. My services would include massage, reflexology, hydrotherapy, stretching, strengthening. In addition, change of shoes, arch supports, orthotics, night splints, anti-inflammatory agents and surgery could potentially help. Usually, plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully by tailoring a treatment to an individual's risk factors and preferences.