At BWM Bodywork Masters we successfully treat many people who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is the one of the most common forms of heel pain. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons more than 2 million people are afflicted each year. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The Plantar Fascia acts like a shock absorber and supports the arch of the foot. If stress or tension become too much, small tears arise in the fascia and the Plantar Fascia can become irritated and inflamed.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis are stabbing pain in the foot near the heel and increased morning pain in the foot that subsides as the day goes on. Often times the pain won't be experienced during workouts but rather post-exercise. The pain can make it difficult to walk, stand or exercise.
Risk factors for Plantar Fasciitis are tight calf muscles, high arches, being over 40 years old, being flat-footed, obesity, being a runner or performing an activity that involves repetitive ballistic movements. Choosing proper footwear with arch support is important too. Both high heels and flip-flops can cause issues with the feet. Also, certain professions are more prone to Plantar Fasciitis: nursing, teaching, hairdressing are just a few. Basically, those whose professions require a lot of time spent standing or walking are more at risk.
If Plantar Fasciitis goes untreated it can lead to complications such as knee, hip or back problems. Doing routine tasks such as grocery shopping and driving can be difficult. Research shows that deep tissue massage helps treat the Plantar Fasciitis. Deep tissue massage applied to the calf muscle, Achilles tendon, heel and bottom of the foot can increase oxygen and blood circulation, break up adhesions, loosen muscles, and removes muscle toxins. Trigger point therapy is also helpful in reducing pain and getting the foot healthy once again.
It may take several sessions of deep tissue treatment and trigger therapy to alleviate the inflamed and tight Plantar Fascia but with each visit there should be a decrease in the pain experienced. Once you begin bodywork treatments at BWM Bodywork Masters your therapist can recommend the spacing between appointments for optimal benefit.