Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spur Syndrome
The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition in which the connective tissue becomes inflamed causing tension and pain in the heel and sole of the foot. The pain is often worse on getting out of bed, wearing off after about half an hour, and returning a few hours later after continued use.
Plantar fasciitis is caused by over-use. It is common in runners, people who spend a lot of time on their feet, or those sitting at a desk with their heels raised off the floor. Historically plantar fasciitis was known as ‘policeman’s heel’ because of the amount of time they spent on their feet.
If untreated, plantar fasciitis can eventually lead to painful bone spurs forming on the back of the heel.
Medical treatment is by anti-inflammatories or steroid injections, along with absolute rest in severe cases.
Myofascial Release for Plantar Fasciitis
Complementary myofascial release therapy for clients with plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome involves work on the muscles and soft tissues of the foot and calf, as well as the rest of the leg and hips.