What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Audra Lobo

November 2, 2023

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, originating from the inflammation of the plantar fascia - a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. This condition can turn a simple walk into a challenging task, hindering your mobility and quality of life.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

The root of plantar fasciitis often lies in repetitive strain and overuse. Here are some typical causes:

  • Excessive weight load on the foot due to obesity or prolonged standing.
  • Mechanical imbalances in the foot structure.
  • Improper footwear, lacking adequate support, particularly important for those who stand for extended periods.
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, which can affect foot mechanics.
  • A sudden increase in activity levels, causing stress on the heel.
  • Tight calf muscles that can lead to compensatory mechanics that strain the plantar fascia.

Repetitive movements such as walking or running stretch the plantar fascia.

Because it is not very flexible, this can cause small tears in the fascia, which leads to inflammation and pain. Other factors such as high arches, fallen arches, or a change in the walking surface contribute to the stress placed on the plantar fascia and heel.

Symptoms:

People with this condition sometimes describe the feeling as a hot, sharp sensation in the heel. You usually notice the pain first thing in the morning when you stand. After walking for a period of time, the pain usually lessens or even disappears. However, sharp pain in the center of the heel may return after resting for a period of time and then resuming activity.

Treatments:

At Evolve Therapeutic Massage, we approach plantar fasciitis with a multifaceted treatment plan tailored to individual needs. Here’s what it may include:

  • Therapeutic Massage: Our expert therapists can work to massage and stretch the plantar fascia and calf muscles, easing tension and promoting healing.
  • Strengthening Exercises: Building strength in the muscles of the foot can provide better support to the arch, reducing strain on the fascia.
  • Stretching Routines: Regularly stretching the calf muscles and plantar fascia can prevent tightness, a key contributor to plantar fasciitis.
  • Cold Therapy: Applying ice can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  • Supportive Footwear: Proper shoes that cushion and support your arch can be a simple yet effective part of treating plantar fasciitis.
  • Night Splints: These devices can help maintain an extended stretch of the plantar fascia during sleep.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that requires attention and care, but with the right approach, it can often be managed effectively. At Evolve Therapeutic Massage, we’re committed to helping you evolve beyond temporary fixes to achieve lasting relief. If heel pain is holding you back, reach out to us to begin your journey to recovery and take the first step towards a pain-free life.

Contact Evolve Therapeutic Massage today to book your consultation and take the first step towards healing. Your feet will thank you!

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