What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis (or fasciopathy) is a condition of pain and tissue damage at the attachment of the plantar fascia to the underside of the calcaneus (heel bone). (4)
What is it?
Recurring irritation or tearing of the tendon resulting in recurring inflammation around the tendon.
This could occur to a number of different tendons in and around the foot; Achilles tendon, Posterior Tibial tendon, Peroneal Tendon, Extensor tendon and Anterior Tibial tendon. (3)
Heel PainWhat is it?
Pain that is felt under the heel or just behind it where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone
There are many different reasons that a person can get heel pain here are a list of a few:
Signs and symptoms
Will vary dependent on the cause of the pain, so with diagnosis of the injury first will be important.
How Remedial Massage May Help?The use of friction and trigger point Massage therapy may help by breaking down the scar tissue and lengthening of the muscles. This will help to reduce the inflammation to the area and in turn may help to reduce pain.
Throughout the massage treatment you will also receive stretching which will help to lengthen the muscles providing more flexibility and improving ankle joint range of motion reducing the stiffness may help to improve pain levels.
Dry needling can also be used to stimulate myofascial trigger points (MTP). Dry needling has been shown to alter the biochemical environment surrounding a MTP and reduce spontaneous electrical activity within the MTP region of skeletal muscle. Studies have shown that dry needling in the treatment of foot pain may improve the severity of pain which may provide a good alternative to more invasive treatment options. (2)
Massage techniques including dry needling can be used as a good alternative option before proceeding to more invasive therapies when treating many different types of foot pain.
by Ben Hewitt
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