Osteopathy And Treating Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is the connective tissue underneath the foot that gives support and strength. It allows you to walk and run without the foot collapsing.
Occasional the connective tissue can become inflamed due to injury, quite commonly runners though not exclusively.
The inflammation is due to micro damage to the fibres, tiny tears into the tissue. Depending on the severity of this can have a big outcome to your response to recovery.
You can see some of the common self help remedies her ‘Plantar Fasciitis‘
So what would be the advantage of seeing an osteopath.
If the pain is severe, then seeing your doctor for pain killers and anti-inflammatories is a good start. Osteopaths will also look at the severity, history and treatment to date to implement a plan suited to you.
Osteopaths will look at how to reduce the tension in the connective tissue thereby looking at your activities and adjusting accordingly.
The foot is mobilised to increase the foot mechanics and function. The body repairs much better when moving correctly without restrictions.
Some soft tissue may be applied to the fascia to increase movement and further reduce tension.
With osteopathy a more global overview is taken as Plantar Fasciitis occurs for a reason, this could be influenced by body mechanics further up that influence the way you run, sprint and walk. An osteopath will consider the influence of the knees, hips and lumbar spine.
Soft tissue and massage is applied to the leg muscles particularly the calf and hamstrings, these help propel the body forward, putting the tension through plantar fascia through flexion, (pointing the foot away from the leg) relaxing these muscles will reduce the tension into the heel and foot.
Joint assessment, if necessary treatment and rehabilitation to correct the function and restore correct use. Occasionally there may have been other injuries or niggles prior the pain really kicking in such as back pain or knee issues.
Plantar Fasciitis can be difficult to overcome, management, treatment, rehabilitation and home help is the best way forward to recovery.
If you are experiencing Plantar Fasciitis contact the clinic and let’s see how we can help you.
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