For those that do not know what plantar fasciitis, it is inflammation and sometimes shortening of the connective tissue in the bottom of the foot especially near the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is caused by small injuries to the fascia resulting in the inflammation and small tears.
How Massage Helps Plantar Fasciitis
A professional massage therapist can help with being focused and precise with breaking up scar tissue and relaxing the tight muscles of the foot and many times the calf muscles too, since tight calf muscles result from compensation with plantar fasciitis.
Self massage can help too, especially if you use a tennis ball of golf ball to break up the scar tissue and lengthen the muscles of the foot.
Other Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis
Steroid Injections- These have been known to help with decreasing the inflammation which can help in the healing process. But they sometimes do not help.
Stretching-Super important to keep the muscles and tissues of the foot and calves stretched because lengthened muscles have less chance of injury and aid in recovery.
Physical Therapy- Foot exercises that strengthen the feet can help strengthen the muscles of the foot which help in the healing process.
Other physical therapy options- Ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat and ice all can play a role helping the fascia in the foot heal.
Rest- Yes sometimes people over use their feet like in runners or cyclists. Resting the feet can give the body time to heal itself.
It can takes some work to heal from plantar fasciitis, but it can be be done! There are many treatment options to help and therapeutic massage is very beneficial to helping the tissues of the foot heal.