What Is The Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia is the “bowstring-like” tissue stretching underneath the sole that attaches at the heel. Inflammation of this fascial band is known as plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis causes tenderness and pain at the back of the heel made worse while pushing off the ball of the foot
Suggestions For Managing Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is management depending on the exact cause of the inflammation.
Local ice applications both reduce pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy methods, including stretching exercises, are used to treat and prevent plantar fasciitis where tightness in the band is the cause.
- Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or injections of cortisone, are often helpful.
- Osteopathy, myotherapy and remedial massage are used to reduce the tension in the sole of the foot and improve the mobility of the small bones of the foot. Your practitioner may assess your footwear to ensure you are using appropriate shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis Management Options
Osteopathy is a “whole body” system of manual therapy which uses a range of techniques to manage musculo-skeletal disorders and other functional disorders of the body. This form of treatment was developed in America in the 1870s by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and has progressed in development to be widely scientifically validated and utilised around the world.
Myotherapy is the evidence based assessment, management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal pain and associated conditions. Myotherapy targets the soft tissue of the body, namely muscle groups and connective tissue (myofascia), to help reduce pain, improve muscle function and increase joint range of motion. They also provide education on a range of postural complaints, functional movement and corrective exercise.