Plantar fasciitis. Not a common or popular term in our everyday language but one that when we hear it, we know it’s associated with foot pain.

A quick on-line look at Wikipedia and we get this definition:

“Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot.”

Wikipedia goes on with additional details on the disorder at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantar_fasciitis

Also, the ever popular website webmd.com provides plenty of current information on plantar fasciitis.

Regardless of the disorder description, if you have plantar fasciitis, your foot has pain, and you do not want to ignore it. Not paying attention to your plantar fasciitis can have serious consequences such as other problems with your knees, hips, and on into your back.

How common is this disorder in our population? In an article from the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences as published by The National Center for Biotechnology Information it’s noted that “…heel pain is a common complaint… and plantar fasciitis (PF) is the most common cause of chronic pain beneath the heel in adults, making up 11–15% of the foot symptoms requiring professional care among adults…. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people will develop PF during their lifetime….”

Certainly, if you experience foot pain, you’ll want to get an assessment and treatment recommendation from competent medical professionals.

Is it good to have your massage therapist massage the plantar fasciitis? First, be sure to let your licensed massage therapist know of your condition.  One scenario the massage therapist may note is the plantar fascia has started to slide off the calcaneal tendon and the therapist will know that it’s important to push the plantar fascia back up onto the calcaneus, generally by using the heel of his/her hand and applying deep, sustained pressure from the ball of the foot to the heel. Again, for added information, please visit Wikipedia at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles_tendon

The massage technique might be somewhat painful but it is realistic that massaging these areas could lessen foot pain in people experiencing plantar fasciitis.

Learn as much as you can about plantar fasciitis.  Be sure to consult with competent medical professionals. And, be sure to ask your licensed massage therapist what massage therapy might do for you and your plantar fasciitis condition.