If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis or think you might have this issue, you are probably here looking for a way, any way, to relieve the pain from that condition. That being said, let’s take a look at this painful foot problem and discuss whether massage is a good form of pain relief for those with plantar fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
If you’re truly unsure whether or not you have plantar fasciitis, we first recommend that you seek a consultation with your medical professional. Still, knowing the major symptom of plantar fasciitis could help save some time before talking to a doctor about it. In its most basic sense, plantar fasciitis is when the plantar fascia gets inflamed or irritated. The first time you might notice it is when you feel a stabbing painful sensation under your heel on the bottom of one or both feet.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
While putting stress on your feet through excessive repetition via exercise, standing for too long, or really any fairly standard use of your feet can cause plantar fasciitis, most people experience pain in their plantar fascia when first waking up in the morning and trying to take the first steps of the day.
Although the actual cause of the pain associated with plantar fasciitis is from the aforementioned inflammation and irritation, what leads to that is varied and entirely depends on the individual. Still, there are a handful of factors that come into play as precursors to finding yourself with this issue. These include spending a lot of time on your feet, being overweight, having poor foot structure, exercising a certain way, and being 40 and 60 years old.
Massage and Relieving Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Being an especially physical condition, plantar fasciitis responds very well to massage. For those smaller aches and pains, you can easily massage a lot of that away on your own. When the pain really starts to feel like it’s taking root, though, a professional massage is highly recommended.
Give Yourself a Foot Massage
If you don’t have the time to see a professional or you just want to relieve some of the pain yourself that painkillers like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin won’t take care of, you can do so yourself in only a few minutes. If you’re using your hand, you will want to rub the bottom and back of your heel, and gently kneed out the discomfort as best you can. One of the better ways to relieve plantar fasciitis through massage is to simply roll your foot on a tennis ball while you’re sitting down. This tennis ball method is not only easier than rubbing your feet with your hands, but is more convenient in that it won’t leave your hands smelling like feet, which is particularly beneficial if you’re at work.
Massage From a Professional
To get a truly effective massage for relieving your plantar fasciitis pain, you’re encouraged to visit a professional masseuse. If you’re looking for a new location to try out, get in touch with Modoma and don’t forget to ask about our special introductory massage package.