What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a very common condition where the fascia at the sole of the foot becomes inflamed through over use or misuse. These are terms we use when the body starts to compensate for one reason or another and as a result puts too much pressure on different parts of the body. This part of the body may well be the plantar fascia. The body tries to heal itself by setting off an inflammatory reaction. It is the inflammation that makes it difficult to walk in the morning and gives you pain in the same part of your foot every day.

How we treat Plantar Fasciitis at Richmond Osteopaths

We immediately start working on the inflammation with ice treatments and advice then we massage the fascia and muscles and stretch them out. Once we start to reduce the inflammation and the pain reduces, we start working on what caused it in the first place. This could be reduced movement at the hip or knee. Exercises and advice are given to prevent the body from continuously compensating.

Our advice

Ice immediately and at least 5 times a day. Ice should be applied for 6 or 7 minutes at a time and then reapplied after a minute or two. Lots of stretching. We have a high success rate for treating plantar fasciitis, so come to us for massage, stretching and advice.

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