HandZenFeet recently had a client come in with a complaint of heel pain, which her doctor said was Plantar Fasciitis. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here’s a description from WebMD:
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like athletes or soldiers. It can happen in one foot or both feet.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling. This is more likely to happen if:
- Your feet roll inward too much when you walk, excessive pronation.
- You have high arches or flat feet.
- You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
- You are overweight.
- You wear shoes that don’t fit well or are worn out.
- You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on.
It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.
We used reflexology and deep tissue techniques to search out and soften the tightened muscles in the foot and the associated fascia; giving temporary relief. Additionally we talked about using some Rossiter Coaching to assist the affected leg and foot in stretches that will create more space for the connective tissue and loosen the over tight musculature.
Often people will feel more heel pain after resting, since relaxing, while seated or lying down, allows the muscles and tendons to slack, or shorten. This is particularly noticeable in the morning. Learning new stretching techniques can help considerably to relieve this painful condition. HandZenFeet can help you to alleviate your heel pain through techniques of massage and reflexology and educate you in several self care procedures; empowering you to be an active part of your healing.
Here is a video of some self care stretches you might consider if you are suffering from heel pain, as a result of Plantar Fasciitis.