Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel/foot pain. The Plantar Fascia is a flat band of connective tissue that connects the bones of your heel to your foot. It also provides support for your arch and has an important role in the biomechanics of the foot. As such it is a commonly injured area for people who are on their feet a lot of the time (athletes, nurses, tradies, retail etc.). Plantar Fasciitis can affect people at any age.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by repeated straining of the fascia. These strains can lead to pain and inflammation around the inside heel and arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis pain typically is worse in the morning upon waking steps or after prolonged sitting. Pain may progress throughout the day.
Common risk factors to Plantar Fasciitis include:
- Your foot rolls inwards too much when you walk (excessive pronation).
- High arches (pes cavus) or flat feet (pes planus).
- Tight calf muscles or poor ankle flexibility.
- You stand or exercise for long durations, especially on hard surfaces such as roads or sidewalks.
- Acute injury to plantar fascia, ankle or calf.
- You are overweight.
- Poorly fitting shoes or shoes that are worn out.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment:
Myotherapy treatment for plantar fasciitis involves direct treatment to the plantar fascia as well as restoring flexibility and mobility of the ankle, foot and calf in an attempt to correct biomechanical abnormalities.
A recent study has found that Myotherapy can be effective in treating plantar fasciitis pain. The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that massage treatments would result in patients returning to weight bearing activities with minimal pain. A control group received ultrasound, contrast bath, intrinsic strengthening exercises and plantar fascia stretching exercises, while the experimental group received the same as well as myofascial release soft tissue therapy. The experimental group reported a significantly higher level of improvement, both in terms of pain relief and functional ability of the heel. These findings suggest that Myotherapy combined with myofascial release therapy has significant benefits in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.
Typically treatment will involve many techniques including:
– Musculoskeletal assessment and diagnosis of your condition and causative factors.
– Massage and trigger point therapy to restore muscle function and reduce pain.
– Stretches to help increase joint flexibility including passive and proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretches.
– Joint mobilisations to facilitate the movement of feet and ankle joints and reduce stresses on the muscles, ligaments and fascia.
– Cupping, Myofascial dry needling or electro-stimulus needling to correct muscle function and tone or stimulate fascial healing.
– Home rehabilitation program to accelerate the process and correct abnormal biomechanics.
– Education and advice on your condition and prevention of future complications.
If you feel that the Myotherapists at Mobilise Remedial Massage could help you with symptoms that resemble Plantar Fasciitis or general foot pain, please call our clinic today: Toowong – 07 3870 5990 or BOOK ONLINE NOW!