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Plantar Fasciitis: What is it? Why does it happen? Why the hell does it hurt so much?

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It seems to just appear one day.  You wake up, step on the floor, and it feels like you stepped on a gazillion mini legos  ALL ON YOUR HEEL! 

 

You limp around and look on the floor just to make sure you didn’t step on any legos.  But there are none to be found. 

 

What is this hellish pain that satan sent? 

 

Most likely, it’s plantar fasciitis

 

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation in the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot.  It’s most likely felt on the bottom of your heel, but can sometimes be felt at the ball of your foot. 

 

What causes this inflammation? 

 

Plantar fasciitis is mainly caused by a strain that causes teeny-tiny tears in the plantar fascia. 

 

Runners tend to be plagued with plantar fasciitis. However, your average non-runner with poor foot mechanics is also at risk. So-  basically everyone, right? 

 

Now that you’re in the Plantar Fasciitis Club, what’s next? 

 

How do you get relief from plantar fasciitis? 

 

  • Cold or hot compresses
  • Stretching
  • Massage

 

 

Some of the best stretches to relieve the pain from plantar fasciitis are: 

 

Toe Curls with a Towel 

Yes, really!  Get a hand towel, put it on the floor and then place your foot on it.  Then curl your toes so that the towel gets squished between your toes. 

 

Toe Extension

With this stretch, you’ll grab your toes with your fingers and pull on them. Now, don’t go crazy here! Don’t hurt yourself. You want to feel the stretch, but it shouldn’t be too painful or unbearable. Also, do this one while sitting in a chair. 

 

Standing Calf Stretch

You’ll stand and place your hands on a wall. Point your feet towards the wall. The hurt foot will be behind the other leg. The hurt foot should have a straight knee while the other leg is bent. Then shift your weight forward while keeping your heels on the ground.

 

Towel Stretch

You can do this sitting on the floor, or even in bed when you wake up! Place your hurt leg straight in front of you. Then place a towel around your foot and pull towards you. You should feel the stretch in your calf. 

 

You’ll want to do these stretches 3-4 times a day.  The toe stretches should be done for 3 sets of 10 seconds.  The calf stretches should be done for 3 sets of 45 seconds. 

 

Finally, book a series of massages

 

That’s right, a series. It took months or years for plantar fasciitis to develop. It’ll take more than one massage to get complete relief. 

 

What will a Plantar Fasciitis Massage in my Fort Worth office look like? 

 

I will combine some elements of relaxing longer strokes with deeper, more focused work on your foot and leg. This is because your plantar joint is the longest joint in your body. 

 

I’ll use some hot stones, cupping, and stretching. 

 

While you can book a 45 minute focused massage, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by booking a 90-minute massage. I’ll be able to spend a lot longer on your afflicted leg with a longer massage. 

 

And, I have the perfect package for you!  Click here!  

 

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis? 

 

Book your massage here!

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