One of the most common causes of heel pain is called Plantar Fasciitis. It’s a condition that begins with mild pain in the heel area of the feet. This pain then gradually moves towards the arch in each foot. Most often, it’s attributed to inflamed tissue and results in severe tenderness. Plantar Fasciitis is quite unpleasant and can interfere with your daily activities through pain and discomfort.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Most of our clients at Elements Massage South Mesa are into activities. Whether running, cycling, hiking, kayaking, you name it, we’ve got people who do it. The issue with plantar fasciitis is that it affects individuals across the spectrum of activities. It isn’t partial to any particular form of exercise.
The main cause of this condition is attributed to the overuse or overstretching of the main tendon that runs through the middle of the arch in the foot and connects to your heel bone. Other factors that exacerbate the severity of this condition include tight calf muscles, high arches, poorly fitting footwear, and over-pronation.
Methods of Care
To treat painful symptoms, forms of care include:
Light stretching to professional massage sessions can be great to relax tight muscles. Not to mention, massage can also alleviate pain and stiffness associated with this condition.
A regular routine of exercise to strengthen the calf and ankle muscles is an excellent way to establish the right amount of tone and tension. Talk to your doctor about what exercise you should pursue if you struggle with plantar fasciitis.
Most times surgery is a last resort to address persistent and painful cases. With surgery, the stress on the tendon can be released to provide relief.