Plantar Fasciitis – Let us help you get back on your feet


One of the most common causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis involves the inflammation of a thick band of tissue – the plantar fascia — that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Many people believe that working the sole of the foot or stretching the fascia will help. While that won’t do any harm, how much help is in question here.

First, it is exceedingly difficult to stretch fascia because fascia is strong than steel.  Secondly, where the symptom is – the sole and heel of the foot – is not necessarily the CAUSE.

The most likely culprits contributing to plantar fasciitis are the anterior and posterior tibialis, and the fibularis muscles. The anterior tibialis run just to the lateral side of your shinbone and is a major contributor to maintaining the medial (inside) arch of the foot. The fibularis longus (formerly known as the peroneus longus) runs along the lateral side of your lower leg and maintains the transverse arch of the foot because of how it crosses the sole.. The posterior tibialis runs from the back of your calf to the bones on the inside of your foot. As it acts to plantarflex the foot, it helps support your foot and hold up its arch when you are walking.

Now you can begin to see how the muscles are so interconnected and that the site of the pain in not necessarily the cause of the pain.

A massage therapist can help you relieve the tightness of these muscles, along with the soleus and Achilles tendon. They may also work on the bottom of the foot to do some myofascial work to help release some of the tight fascia. This should help loosen the muscles and reduce the inflammation that causes your heel and sole pain.

If you, or you know of anyone else who is suffering from plantar fasciitis, give us a call today to see if we can help.

Spa at the Woods, 802-422-3105.