Most foot pain problems are found on the heel, bottom or outside of the foot. These different locations of discomfort typically begin with the plantar fascia.
The plantar fascia is a ligament type of tissue on the bottom of each foot. It connects the bottom of the heel to the toes and helps to support the arch of the foot. Small intrinsic foot muscles that enable the toes to move also support the arches.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed. Several factors can cause this problem including:
- Tight muscles
- Weak muscles
- Foot injury
- Nerve irritation
Plantar Fasciitis Massage Therapy
While there are several treatments for plantar fasciitis, massage therapy is a common and effective option. During your first appointment with your registered massage therapist, you will go through an assessment to determine the underlying cause of your plantar fasciitis problem. Once you therapist determines the cause of your foot pain, a course of treatment will be provided to help relieve the foot pain you are experiencing. Your treatment plan will help to solve the cause of your foot pain and reduce the symptoms associated with it.
Scar tissue that feels like nodules on the bottom of your foot can develop in your plantar fascia. To prevent the area from becoming re-injured it is necessary to break down and loosen the scar tissue. This process will make the tissue more flexible and reduce the potential for more tears. The treatment for breaking down the tissue can be difficult and seem aggressive. To minimize the discomfort, your massage therapist may use moist heat to warm the tissue in your foot. This process softens the scar tissue making it easier to treat. Your therapist will then use fingers or a treatment tool to work the scar tissue. This part of the treatment may be painful, so it is essential to communicate your discomfort levels with your therapy provider. When the plantar fascia is released, the therapist will work the foot muscles. After that, the foot joints are massaged to enable normal movement between the bones of the feet. The final step is to ice the bottom of the feet to reduce inflammation remaining in the tissues.
Your therapist will likely also provide exercises you can do at home to help relieve plantar fasciitis, such as stretches or rolling your arch over a small ball (like a golf or lacrosse ball).
For foot massage therapy to relieve pain in your feet, call Tieperman Health and Wellness at 214-705-1799 today!
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Frisco TX Chiropractor | Tieperman Health & Wellness
8760 3rd St
Frisco, Texas 75034