Plantar Fasciitis Relief: How Massage Therapy Can Help

Category: Massage
Last updated on: 11/09/2023
Image of foot with Plantar fasciitis pain zones, heel and arch, highlighted in red

If you experience pain in the heel or arch of your foot as you take those first steps in the morning, it's possible you're dealing with plantar fasciitis. 

Don't be alarmed by the medical jargon; plantar fasciitis is generally a manageable condition that often responds well to home based treatments. Here we explore some straightforward home remedies that can significantly help with a swift recovery.



Massage Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligaments connecting your heel to your toes experience undue stress, leading to strain.

Focusing on massage therapy for plantar fasciitis, the approach is primarily centred on techniques for muscle relaxation, such as gentle effleurage and delicate stretching. The act of massaging not only relaxes the muscles but also enhances blood flow to the damaged ligaments, thereby facilitating a faster healing process.

A well performed foot massage, paired with straightforward stretching exercises, can be a really effective treatment for alleviating pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis can sometimes be a secondary result of exercising with tense calf muscles. In such cases we often suggest the massage treatment is extended to include your calves, ensuring they are equally relaxed to prevent further issues.

You have two key options for a home treatment:

Massage your own feet targeting key areas affected by plantar fasciitis for immediate relief and long-term benefits. 

Arrange for a qualified professional therapist to deliver an all-encompassing calf and reflexology foot massage.

Should you decide on a visiting therapist with expertise in physiotherapy, they can also provide tailored advice on preventative steps suitable for your specific body type.

In summary, a gentle massage therapy approach is crucial for addressing plantar fasciitis effectively. The cornerstone of a speedy recovery lies in a balanced combination of rest, relaxation, and targeted exercise.


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Lifestyle Adjustments for Sustained Recovery from Plantar Fasciitis

Adopting a handful of straightforward lifestyle changes can not only accelerate your recovery but also minimise the likelihood of future flare-ups of plantar fasciitis.

During your recovery phase, opt for footwear with soft, flat heels instead of high-heeled or tight fitting shoes to ensure maximum comfort and support for your feet.

Abstain from high impact activities, particularly exercises that involve vigorous foot to ground contact, until you've achieved full recovery.

Once you're ready to resume exercise, consider incorporating gel insoles into your athletic footwear. These insoles adapt to the contours of your foot, offering extra cushioning that mitigates the force exerted on your muscles and ligaments, thus reducing the potential for recurrent issues.



Expected Recovery Time and Next Steps

While many cases of plantar fasciitis resolve spontaneously within a fortnight, following our guidelines here should speed up your recovery. Some of our clients have even experienced nearly immediate relief following a professional calf and foot massage.

However, it's crucial to exercise caution even if massage therapy brings instant relief. Avoid wearing ill-fitting shoes or placing excessive stress on your soles, as this could trigger a resurgence of symptoms.

Should you continue to experience heel or arch pain despite two weeks of rest and recommended treatments, or if you encounter frequent episodes of plantar fasciitis, consult your GP for a more in depth evaluation and advice.


Ready to take the first step towards pain free feet? Book your professional calf and foot massage in London today and start following the six easy steps in our popular guide to massaging your own feet to improve your condition.


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