Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the front of the foot to the heel while also supporting the arch. It’s a condition that afflicts more than two million people annually according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), making it the most common cause of heel-related pain today.
If you’re experiencing foot-based pain in the area of the bottom of the heel, plantar fasciitis may likely be to blame. The AAOS explains that inflammation of this ligament is often caused by putting too much pressure on it, resulting in injury which leads to inflammation, thereby creating the pain. If you live or work in the area and are experiencing pain related to plantar fasciitis, the physical therapists at Compassion Massage Therapeutics can help.
At Compassion Massage, your Plantar fasciitis treatment plan may include:
- Comprehensive evaluation and identification of your injury
- A guided therapeutic exercise plan to regain strength and stability
- Treatment support utilizing a cloud-based PT Electronic Medical Solution (EMR) with a comprehensive Web- and mobile app-based Home Exercise Program (HEP) for convenient access to video exercises and treatment-related functionality
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, including a deep tissue sports massage as part of your treatment regimen can speed up your healing time. Especially prevalent in individuals with flat feet or high/low arches.
One of the primary symptoms is severe pain when you take the first few steps in the morning. Continued trauma to the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot is thought to be the primary cause of plantar fasciitis — some examples of repeated trauma include running, sitting for prolonged periods with heel elevated, and spending long periods of time on your feet. These types of ‘trauma’ place the fascia under stress and cause the collagen in the ligament to degenerate.
Plantar fasciitis massage therapy is an all-natural pain relief remedy which can help without any of the negative side effects associated with many pain-relieving medications. Deep massage therapy combined with stretching has been proven to be significantly more effective in treating the condition than ultrasound and stretching.