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I have many times treated my Massage Clients for Plantar Fasciitis. It was not until I experienced it myself that I realised the amount of pain you can have. It can be excruciatingly painful to the point you cannot walk. I opted to treat my own plantar fasciitis by resting, having regular massages, by using orthotics and change my shoes to the brand Hoka, using essential oils such as Young Living’s PanAway, icing it and rolling the foot with a spiky massage ball. It did take some time, and it did work.

So you might wonder why plantar fasciitis is? First of all the plantar fascia is a piece of strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes, creating the foot’s arch. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, either through overstretching, overuse or a medical condition.

This condition can be caused by extra stress put on the heel bone through over sure in exercise, by high or fallen arches, by being over weight, being middle-aged or over, pregnancy or standing a lot during the day and also by using poor footwear.

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with a heel spur which is a spike of bone poking out from the heel bone, but many people have heel spurs without any pain.

When you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis you will experience pain under the heel and this can be sharp of dull pain. The sole of the four can ache and may be a bit swollen. The pain is usually worse during the morning or during the night and after a long time of standing or sitting or if you have done a lot of intense exercise

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As a Remedial Masage therapist I highly recommend that you go and seek some health from a Physio or Massage Therapist that deals with this problem. They can treat it and also give you some strengthening and stretching exercises to do. You may want to go and see a podiatrist for some orthotics. At home you can ice it, use Pan Away essential oil, use a spike massage ball to roll the foot on.

If the pain persist for a prolonged time there are other options for treatments but i highly recommend Massage and the things above as a starting point as I have found this works extremely well.

Karin Hagberg – Dip. Remedial Massage, NST Practitioner, 20 years experience

 

 

 

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