Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue  (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.  It may feel like you are walking on needles.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:

    • Your feet roll inward too much when you walk (excessive pronation).
    • You have high arches or flat feet.
    • You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
    • You are overweight
    • You wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
  • You have tight achilles tendons or calf muscles.

If you have been diagnosed with this and have not found any relief, massage therapy may be able to help you. I do not just focus on the foot, it is attached to your leg and the problem may be there.

I have had several clients who have reported that after seeing me, the pain is either diminished or completely gone.  I can not guarantee these results for everyone,  but isn’t it worth a try?

Depending on whether you have it in one foot or both will determine how long of a session you will need.  Call or book your appointment online with Cynde.


Posted in 2014.