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Can Massage Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue of the feet. It typically presents as pain near the heel of the foot or in the arch of the foot. It's often worse in the morning as your weight puts pressure on the tissue and stretches it out. If plantar fasciitis continues for long periods of time, the patient may also develop a "bone spur" in the bottom of their heel, on the bone called the calcaneus.

showing where plantar fasciitis hurts in the foot

But, can massage help with plantar fasciitis?

Yes, it can!

Massage therapists often employ a multitude of different soft tissue techniques that can help release the plantar fascia, thereby decreasing pain. Some examples of techniques are Gua Sha, myofascial release, and deep tissue techniques.

But, that's not all they can focus on. They can also work on the other tight muscles in the leg that may be playing a role in the plantar fasciitis. For example, having tight calves can increase the risk of having plantar fasciitis.

However, it is important to know that massage alone does not always solve plantar fasciitis. Typically, patients will also need a handful of mobility exercises, foot stability exercises, and foot strengthening exercises. An example of some exercises our chiropractors may prescribe patients with plantar fasciitis is called "foot shortening" and "toe splaying". Take a listen here:

Note: the specific exercises that may benefit you could differ from the next person. Please consult your health care provider for tailored, individual care of your plantar fasciitis.

If you are looking for plantar fasciitis relief and guidance on fixing the problem, make sure to schedule with one of our providers!


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