Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that causes pain, discomfort and/or damage in the sole of the foot. The plantar Fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the sole of the foot from the heel to the ball of the foot. This connective tissue adds structure and stability, and helps to enable proper function of the foot in walking/running during “push off’. The area of the Plantar Fascia most commonly affected by this condition is close to the attachment of the heel.
There are a number of risk factors that can potentially lead to developing Plantar Fasciitis which include:
• Sports/activities that include high levels of running and/or jumping
• Being overweight
• Age. Muscles can start to become weaker with age, placing more pressure on the Plantar Fascia
• Being on our feet all day
• Wearing shoes with poor arch support
With these risk factors in mind it is important to take steps which could help prevent the occurrence of this condition. Such as maintaining a healthy weight, wearing appropriate shoes, stretching and self massage can all be very helpful in maintaining a healthy Plantar Fascia.
However, sometimes despite our best efforts to prevent it, the Plantar Fascia can become irritated and very painful. Manual Therapies such as Massage, Myotherapy and Physiotherapy have been shown to have significant benefits in treating people with pain and dysfunction caused by the Plantar Fascia. Techniques such as massage, cupping, Dry-needling, joint mobbing as well as taping, can all be employed to achieve a the goal of being pain free.
So if you are experiencing pain in your feet, a trip to your local therapist could be just what you need.