Oh my goodness, how many people do I see with this condition? Too many unfortunately. It’s that awful stabbing feeling you get in your foot. You know, the one that makes your first steps in the morning feel as if you are walking on broken glass or sharp stones. Ouch! It’s really painful and so many people suffer.
Although it often arises from knots in the muscles of the toes we actually find them in the calf rather than the foot itself. It can be caused by running (especially wearing worn down shoes, so change them every 300-500 miles), having tight calf muscles (sportspeople take note and do your stretching before and after activity), being overweight, and it can also be a complication of diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or gout.
Overnight the fascial tissue on the bottom of your feet contracts (bunches up/shortens) and then when you stand up in the morning it takes a while to unbunch/lengthen but then comes back with extended use, which is so frustrating. The sensation is like someone inserted a marble in your foot overnight. Nice!
I’m often asked if reflexology can help with plantar fasciitis and in a way it can, because I’m working over the muscles of the foot which does bring some relief and also, as a massage therapist I can incorporate some additional techniques to ease your discomfort. So I can use hot stones and warm bamboo to really stretch out those poor old calf muscles that put so much strain on the plantar fascia.
There are of course a few things that you can do at home between your treatments such as:
1. Before you leap out of bed in the morning massage the sole of your foot.
2. Tennis Ball – take a ball and roll it under the arch of your foot.
3. Stretching your toes – cross your legs, take your toes in your hand and pull them towards your body and hold for 15 seconds. Repeat.
4. Apply an ice-pack or bag of peas (carrots or mixed veg will do!) to your heels.
5. Sit on the floor and place a towel under the ball of your foot and pull the towel towards your body keeping knees straight. Hold for 20-30 seconds.
I hope that the home exercises are useful for you, but phone me on 07850 414271 to book a massage so that we can work together to release all that tension.