Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse condition resulting in inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of foot pain in athletes. The overuse and stress placed on the plantar fascia is what causes this condition due to the microtearing at the calcaneal attachments and tissue fatigue. Individuals with Plantar Fasciitis are usually over 40 years old although very active athletes may present with this condition as early as 20 years of age.
The cause of Plantar Fasciitis is overuse due to overtraining, poor technique, and running on hard surfaces.
- poor biomechanics (inversion/ eversion at the ankle and/ or excessive external rotation of the hip).
- short and tight calf muscles causing the ankle to evert.
- improper footwear that is too flexible, too stiff or worn out and doesn't provide enough arch support.
- weight gain including pregnancy can stress the plantar fascia.
Home care for Plantar Fasciitis
Some helpful tips on how to decrease your pain from Plantar Fasciitis between your Massage Therapy treatments…
- If your plantar fasciitis is acute then rest, ice, and elevate your foot.
- In the chronic stage you should rest from the aggravating activities. when you gradually return to your activities start with the non-weight bearing ones such as swimming and bike riding.
- Ice your foot 3 to 4 times a day to help decrease inflammation especially after activities that cause pain.
- Self massage, heat and stretching to the shortened calf muscles will bring relief.
- Foam rolling, if done properly can also be extremely effective in treating Plantar Fasciitis.
Please contact me with any questions you may have about how Massage Therapy or Structural Integration can help relieve your Plantar Fasciitis.