Plantar Fasciitis, also known as plantar heel pain syndrome or PHPS, is a condition characterized by repetitive pain experienced in the soles of the feet. Typically found in runners or other active types that consistently stress their feet, plantar fasciitis affects the thick connective tissue that starts on your five toes and runs along the entire length of your foot bed. The strain that happens when landing on your heel, shifting weight, and pushing off your weight from the toes on your other foot is what causes the plantar fascia to tear.
Several suggestions for starting a course of treatment for this painful condition include:
- Halting all activities until the inflammation has time to recover
- Wearing supportive footwear that lends more support
- Adding arch inserts into your shoe wear
- Routinely stretching calf muscles every day
- Icing sore areas regularly
Once these measures have been put into place, the next step is to bring massage into the equation. For treating plantar fasciitis, the best type of massage technique is deep tissue massage. When applied to the foot area, deep tissue massage utilizes deep finger pressure on the fascia along the arches as well as slow stokes to the Achilles’, the heel areas, and also working through the calf muscles. With this type of massage, muscle tension can be released by applying pressure cross-grain and across tendons. By concentrating on the specific areas of soreness, massage can help break up any developing scar tissues and help your body let go of knots.
In addition to aiding with the pain of plantar fasciitis, a deep tissue massage can help your muscles remove toxins that have built up after exercise. By boosting the function of your circulatory and lymph systems, massage can help ensure the proper circulation of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the appropriate areas.
Adding massage to a regular PHPS treatment plan can produce tangible results that enable you to continue with your activity or training with reduced pain levels and also prevent your condition from worsening in the future.
No massage is complete without a foot massage. Now you just have a better excuse to help yourself feel your best!