Osteopath for Plantar Fasciitis. We regularly see osteopath for running injuries over the marathon season who need some support along the way. With the increase in running distances aches and strains increase. At Wellthy Clinic we offer osteopathy, sports massage and pilates to support your training and to avoid injury. To achieve your optimal running performance it is important to find the right balance. Have a support team to proactively keep on top of your tensions. Running is repetitive and demanding so injuries do occur. In this blog we discuss plantar fasciitis:
Osteopath for Plantar Fasciitis
Your plantar fascia is a strong band of connective tissue on the sole of your foot. Which connects from your heel to your mid-foot, supports the arch of your foot and helps to absorb forces when you are running.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis Flare Ups?
Plantar fascitiis occurs when this connective tissue becomes inflamed, causing pain in the sole of your foot. Pain is the main symptom of this injury particularly when you are weight bearing and it's tender to touch.
Osteopath for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by a sudden increase in running intensity or mileage. Also really tight calfs and hamstrings muscles that cause additional tension into the plantar fascia. In addition, a change in running surface causing an increase in compressive forces going through the foot and ankle. It is important also to consider footwear with not enough cushioning or support.
Can Osteopathy Help with Plantar Fasciitis?
Yse it would be worthwhile seeing an osteopath for an assessment, advice and specific exercises to optimise the recovery process. Fascia tissue heals relatively slowly in comparison to muscle as it is a different tissue composition. Therefore having a rehab plan would be beneficial for your recovery.
How do I Permanently Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis?
We suggest starting with some hands on Osteopathy and/ or sports massage to reduce your symptoms. Have specific Pilates rehab exercises and address your nutrition to optimise healing. Try Best weight loss nutritionist if appropriate to reduce mechanical loading onto your feet. As a long term proactive solution to prevent injury reoccurence consider weekly Pilates. The combination of stretching and muscular strengthening achieves great results to get rid of symptoms.
What Aggravates Plantar Fasciitis?
Weight bearing activities such as walking up and downstairs and running.
Is Walking Bad for Plantar Fasciitis?
No, however whilst your symptoms are acute walking will be painful but this is not doing as harm or damage. As things get better with treatment and rehab exercises you will experience less pain whilst walking.
What is the Best Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis?
We believe a combination of hands on Osteopathy and regular Pilates (stretching and strengthening) practice. Sports massage to help reduce muscular tensions and nutrition advice can also be incorporated into a rehab plan. Using a combination of therapies in our experience gives the best results.
Will My Plantar Fasciitis Ever Go Away?
Yes, although it will take time but having a well structured rehab plan will make all the difference. Fascia has a different composition to muscle so it takes longer to heal however with hands on Osteopathy, Pilates rehab exercises and sports massage will help reduce your pains.
You can recover from plantar fasciitis given a well structured rehabilitation plan and time. An osteo will assess your posture, joint and muscle movements to identify imbalances and leg lengths. Hands on therapy to stretch the muscles, articulate joints, manipulate joints (only if appropriate and with consent) and exercise prescription to get you back to training as quickly as possible.
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Other running injuries are discussed in Osteopath for running injuries blog.