Plantar fasciitis can stop you from participating in activities you enjoy, like jogging or playing soccer. At Medi-ssage Health in Tempe, Arizona, medical massage provider Arricka Watkins, LMT, MMP, offers several nonsurgical and medication-free treatments for plantar fasciitis. Myofascial release techniques and kinesiology taping are just a couple of treatments that can reduce inflammation in your plantar fascia. To learn more about plantar fasciitis, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.
The plantar fascia is a long, fibrous band of tissue that provides stability and flexibility for your foot. Stretching from the bottom of your toes to your heel, the plantar fascia is vulnerable to injury and general wear and tear. When you have plantar fasciitis, pressure on the feet can increase pain, stiffness, and discomfort in the thick band of tissue.
Heel pain is the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis. Some individuals experience soreness, a dull ache, or stiffness in the plantar fascia, while others feel a stabbing pain in the heel. Plantar fasciitis typically worsens when you wake up in the morning and after physical activity, though you may not experience pain during exercise or while playing sports.
The plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber each time you put pressure on your feet. As the tissue absorbs pressure, small tears can develop. While plantar fasciitis doesn’t always have a cause, common risk factors for the condition include:
Individuals with mechanical foot issues, such as high arches or flat feet, are especially susceptible to plantar fasciitis. Abnormal walking patterns, which disrupt the even distribution of pressure, can also cause the condition.
Excess weight puts pressure on the feet, which can lead to inflammation that causes plantar fasciitis.
Any type of exercise that strains or adds pressure to your feet can cause plantar fasciitis, including running, basketball, soccer, and ballet. These sports put repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, leading to overuse.
Occupations that involve standing on your feet for long periods, such as teachers, increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.
While plantar fasciitis can occur at any age, you’re more likely to develop the condition between the ages of 40 and 60.
The medical massage providers at Medi-ssage Health offer several treatments for plantar fasciitis, including:
While heat therapy encourages blood circulation to promote recovery and reduce inflammation, ice acts as an anesthetic to numb heel pain.
Myofascial release is a physical therapy technique that relieves tension in the fascia, a thin type of tissue that runs throughout the body.
Kinesiology tape gently lifts the tissue around your foot and heel to remove pressure from the plantar fascia.
To learn more about plantar fasciitis, call Medi-ssage Health or schedule an appointment online today.