Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a piece of strong, thick, connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot . The plantar fascia connects the heel bone with the ball of the foot and forms the arch of the foot. Itis vital for standing, walking, and supporting the weight of the body. The pain happens when the Planter Fascia ligaments in your feet become damaged or inflamed. Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel and arch pain that develops as a result of over stretching, increase in exercise, obesity, overuse or standing for long periods of time without the proper footwear. Plantar Fasciitis pain is also associated with weak/tight calfs or flat feet. Plantar Fasciitis pain is usually most severe with the first few steps of the day or after prolonged periods of sitting or laying.
Benefits of Massage and Plantar fasciitis
Gentle soft tissue release to the planter fascia directly targets the source of pain, eliminating tension and promoting relaxation. Massage to the area may stimulate circulation to injured plantar fascia and surrounding soft tissue and help to reduce inflammation. The massage technique targets the heel and ball of the foot. Its also includes soft release to the arch of the foot, focusing on the area where the ligament meets the heel bone. Then move on to the Achilles tendon, starting at the base of the heel and moving upward to the calf.
Additional conservative methods to help elevate Plantar Fasciitis
In addition to massage it is important to offload pressure from the Plantar Fasciitis by relative rest. Pharmaceutical management advised by a professional and activity modification so that there is not constant pressure on the foot. It is highly indicated to wear a soft shoe with some type of cushion under the heel will help eliviate the pain. Other conservative approaches to Plantar Fasciitis pain is getting a tailored exercised program by and experienced physiotherapist who will be able to assess your lower limb bio mechanics and provide a tailored program. Other modalities include, icing the bottom of the foot to bring down inflammation related pain.