Pain from plantar fasciitis can sometimes cause more than just discomfort, it can often significantly impact your daily activities…
If you have heel pain in the morning or after sitting a long time – you may have plantar fasciitis.
Pain in the inflamed area usually subsides after the plantar fascia relaxes at night, however, when weight is first placed on the heel again after long periods of rest it is most severe.
Pain tends to lessen somewhat as the area is warmed up with activity, but can return again as the day progresses with more movement – and so on goes the cycle.
Extending from the heel bone to the toes, the plantar fascia and underlying muscles down the sole of the foot consists of connective tissue that is thick and fibrous, plantar fasciitis is simply when for one reason or another it becomes inflamed.
The plantar fascia is an integral part of balance and movement of the entire body. As the foot transitions from mid-stance and pushes off the ground as we take each step, the toes begin to dorsiflex causing activation of the plantar fascia and associated muscles.
The muscles of the lower leg work in perfect harmony to absorb and distribute stored kinetic energy as we walk and run, and due to the daily stresses placed on the foot and ankle, fascial adhesions and/or scar tissue resulting in restricted movement and pain is all too common.
Plantar fasciitis usually occurs as a result of a sudden increase in your training routine or extended periods of weight bearing activities such as running, and those who are overweight have a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
Although overuse is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, certain bio-mechanical variances such as flat feet or a high arched foot, over-pronation of the foot, leg length differences and “hip hike” or even something as simple as poor footwear can lead to plantar fasciitis.
A likely cause is often functional problems, such as tightness of the Achilles tendon, adhesions hindering individual motion of the calf and foot muscles or tears, leading to the tissues of the arch of your foot becoming irritated and inflamed.
Chronic cases of plantar fasciitis if not correctly treated can eventually lead to degenerative changes such as bone spurs forming at the calcaneal tuberosity as well as furthering structural problems with the knees, hips and lower back.
As you can imagine it is often difficult to pin point the exact cause of plantar fasciitis, however after proper evaluation of the feet and lower body, treatment may include neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, AIS stretching, and orthotics and pelvic stabilizers may be recommended during the healing process.
Without surgery plantar fasciitis usually requires up to three months of rest combined with traditional therapies. However, although not all cases of plantar fasciitis are a simple fix, I’ve found that many of the advanced remedial massage techniques that I employ within my sessions can resolve most cases within a much shorter time frame, generally within a few treatments.
“Step” into – or “Hobble” as the case may be… into our Remedial Massage studio in Fairfield today and we’ll do our best to get you moving pain free again!