Foot Fault: Plantar Fasciitis
Autumn is just around the corner. The fall is my favorite season of the year. The days are cooler, the nights are still mild, and football will soon take up the weekends. For those of you who watch sports, you are familiar with a very strange sounding condition that surely will take someone out of your fantasy football lineup: Plantar Fasciitis.
According to a study conducted at Virginia Commonwealth University, plantar fasciitis occurs in 10% of the U.S. population over a lifetime. Plantar Fasciitis is a soft tissue disorder which results in a very painful inflammation on the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia generally has microscopic tears.
Proper diagnosis of this condition can only come from your doctor or physical therapist. Some tell tale signs of plantar fasciitis include sharp pain or tenderness during your first steps in the morning. Generally, the pain subsides after your foot warms up. There are several sources of this condition. Activity, such as running on uneven surfaces, can cause these microscopic tears. It can also stem from obesity or sudden weight changes, tight Achilles tendons, problems with the arch of your foot or poor shoes.
If you have been diagnosed by a doctor with plantar fasciitis, massage therapy can help. With an extended foot routine, strokes can be applied to the bottom of the foot to help lengthen the muscle to relieve stress. This can be a fairly uncomfortable routine, but can be effective. Your massage therapist can do this during a Traditional Thai Massage or Deep Tissue Massage.
Remember, plantar fasciitis did not happen overnight. There is not one solution to make it go away. Addressing the issues that caused it, exercise on your own, and massage therapy will help.