Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain and Massage
Do you experience extreme pain in your heel when you first get up in the morning? Does your heel pain stop you from wearing the shoes you like to wear? Are you having a hard time performing daily activities such as walking or sports? If so, plantar fasciitis may be the culprit.
What is Plantar Fasciitis
The bottom side of your foot has a broad sheet of connective tissue called the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia is subjected to micro-tearing and becomes inflamed.
- Overuse. Plantar fasciitis is typically regarded as an overuse syndrome. Those who are on their feet a lot for work, do a lot of walking or partake in sports with a lot of running will be more prone to damaging their plantar fascia.
- Sudden changes in activity levels. If you have been sedentary for many years and suddenly up your activity level in an extreme way, you will be more prone to plantar fasciitis.
- Improper foot wear. Footwear that does not provide adequate support for your activities can contribute to your heel pain.
- Pregnancy or other sudden weight gain. If your weight fluctuates quickly your body can have a hard time adapting. For this reason, plantar fasciitis is quite common during pregnancy.
Massage As an Effective Treatment
Massage therapy is an effective way to manage your heel pain. Your massage therapy session will focus on:
- Decreasing any swelling present in your foot
- Promoting healing of the plantar fascia
- Addressing the muscles in your calf, which have been shown to be an extremely important aspect of managing plantar fasciitis
- Addressing any underlying postural concerns that could be adding to the wear and tear your feet are experiencing
- Addressing any other muscles that are sore due to your altered walking patterns (many people feel secondary pain in their knees, hips or low back)
Book your massage appointment today! Call 289-684-4214 or email us.
Last updated Feb. 29, 2016