Why Plantar Fasciitis Massage Helps Foot Pain

Each and every morning up to a million people a year are barely able to wipe the sleep out of their eyes when they are suddenly reminded of a sharp, almost knife-like, heel pain at the bottom of their foot the moment their feet make contact with the floor. Plantar Fasciitis Massage helps foot pain and this blog will help to describe next steps.

The painful morning first-step experience is most often linked to plantar fasciitis. This can affect some of us for more than 6 months.  Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition of the tissues on the bottom of the foot, your plantar fascia, which is an important band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot and is responsible for storing and releasing energy, while also assisting in the locking and unlocking mechanisms of the foot during activities such as walking and running.

If you experience plantar fasciitis or pain in the bottom of the foot, you are not alone.  It usually affects people from the ages of 40-60 years old. Plantar Fasciitis accounts for more than 15% of foot-related foot pain and foot injuries in the United States. 

There have been several risk factors associated with the potential development of plantar fasciitis, among them including higher body mass index, standing for long periods, flat-footedness, and the identification of spurs on the heel bone itself.

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis can be many, yet seemingly few for those who experience it.  Many of us who suffer from this common foot condition will often seek the advice of a podiatrist or orthopedic, who may suggest an array of tools to help combat and manage symptoms including treatment with a physical therapist, chiropractor, or massage therapist. 

Techniques to attempt to assist the healing process

Does massage help plantar fasciitis?

Utilization of types of massage such as massage therapy, trigger point release, and joint mobilization

It is important to consider all options during care as the pain caused by plantar fasciitis may be multifactorial in nature.

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Plantar fasciitis massage and manual therapy techniques

Originally the American Physical Therapy Association stated that manual therapy techniques for plantar fasciitis were merely theoretical or lacked anything more than a foundational base of evidence for care. 

Since updating these guidelines the APTA now places manual therapy and massage techniques such as deep tissue mobilization as a “strongly recommended” treatment for the management of plantar heel pain.  A proposed theory on the effect of manual therapy is to improve the flexibility and pliability of tissues surrounding the foot such as the calf muscles while reducing pain sensitivity. 

The good news for us is that no foot massage technique seemingly seems more effective than the other, and most of these techniques were done for a few minutes at a time, something that we or even a partner can perform!  Apply pressure based on what you can tolerate, so if you prefer deep tissue massage or the use of a foam roller, it may give you the same outcomes and relief as something lighter or more superficial.

So why does plantar fasciitis massage work? 

While that is still debated and yet to be agreed upon, one possible mechanism is the stimulation of local cutaneous receptors on the skin which may desensitize the irritated tissue. 

These techniques may also stimulate further pain-alleviating effects throughout our body at a chemical level—helping to release our natural pain-killing molecules. Massage will bring blood flow to the area and help reduce the chances of scar tissue forming.

The Endocannabinoid System and Pain

This may be a reason why selecting or incorporating a CBD cream or treatment could lead to enhanced effects from manual therapy.  The Endocannabinoid System in our body is largely responsible for maintaining harmony between different systems and cells and has been linked to almost every aspect of our body’s functions including stress and pain response. 

This means that a healthy ECS is going to help the body maintain “feel good” chemicals for longer periods of time and assist it in managing processes like inflammation.  The ECS has receptors all over the body, including the skin!  CBD has emerged as a powerful mediator in helping this system perform optimally.  Therefore utilizing CBD cream with supported treatments for plantar fasciitis may help us return to placing our best foot forward, and down, even faster.

Have Foot Pain? Try these tips for foot problems.

Be sure to wear shoes that are not breaking down. Test your running shoes, tennis shoes, or sneakers by flipping them upside down and pushing on the ball of the foot. If they give easily it is time for a new pair of shoes. Shoe inserts may also alleviate the pain caused by the flattening of your foot.

Lengthen the muscles in your calf. Extend your foot’s ability to be mobile by lengthening and stretching the muscles directly attached to the foot, ankle, Achilles tendon, and calf.

Foot and ankle flexion and flexibility. Stretch your calves and work on foot and ankle exercises provided by our friends at @gaithappens

CBD Lotion to massage the Plantar Fascia. Target your Endocannabinoid System for pain and reduce inflammation.

Untuck your sheets. Sleeping with your feet arched in bed with your toes pressing down will shorten your plantar fascia and cause the stretch of your foot or feet to be even more painful in the morning.

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