Do You Have Foot Pain or Plantar Fasciitis?
Do you feel pain in the ball of your foot, heel or have difficulty walking? Plantar Fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is an overuse injury causing heel pain which may radiate forward into the foot.
Massage Therapy Can Help!
At Advanced Alternatives, we understand that your foot or plantar fasciitis pain can be debilitating and very frustrating…and we’re here to help! Our massage therapists are skilled in Injury Specific techniques that can relieve your pain fast!
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Pain under the heel and sometimes there may also be pain along the outside border of the heel. This may occur due to the offloading the painful side of the heel by walking on the outside border of the foot. It may also be associated with the high impact of landing on the outside of the heel if you have high arched feet.
Pain is usually worse first thing in the morning. After a few minutes it eases as the foot gets warmed up, but can get worse again during the day especially if walking a lot. Plantar fasciitis or heel spurs are common sports which involve running, dancing or jumping. Runners who excessively pronate (feet rolling in or flattening) are particularly at risk as the biomechanics of the foot pronating causes additional stretching of the plantar fascia.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is very tight calf muscles which lead to prolonged and/or high velocity pronation of the foot. This in turn produces repetitive over stretching of the plantar fascia leading to inflammation and thickening of the tendon. As the fascia thickens it loses flexibility and strength.
Why Choose Advanced Alternatives?
The following guidelines are for information purposes only. Seeking professional advice before beginning rehabilitation is recommended.
We can Help!
The therapists at Advanced Alternatives Massage Therapy are skilled at providing effective treatment for this syndrome. A focus on the plantar surface of the foot must be combined with lower posterior leg work. The posterior leg muscles attach via the Achilles tendon to the calcaneus. Tightness in these muscles, mostly the gastrocnemius and the soleus, will pull on the calcaneus and add tension to the plantar fascia.
Our skilled massage specialists will provide the right treatment for you, Medical Massage combines Advanced Techniques to soften scar tissue increase flexibility.