Plantar Fasciitis

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Run Pain-Free: How Osteopathy Can Help Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition impacting many people in the UK, causing sharp stabbing pain in the heel and sole of the foot, particularly when taking your first steps in the morning. This inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue supporting the arch of your foot, can significantly impact your mobility and daily activities.

While rest, ice, and stretching are often recommended for initial treatment, osteopathy can offer a holistic and effective approach to managing plantar fasciitis and promoting long-term healing.

What Happens in an Osteopathy Session for Plantar Fasciitis?

We will take a detailed history of your condition, conduct a physical assessment, and analyse your gait to identify any biomechanical factors contributing to the pain. This holistic approach allows us to address not just the symptoms but also the underlying causes. As an experienced running coach I am also very familiar with people suffering with plantar fasciitis and so can also give advice on modifying your running plans.

What Techniques Will You Use and How do they help to treat plantar fasciitis?

  • Manual therapy: Gentle soft tissue manipulation and massage can improve blood flow, reduce inflammation, and promote healing in the affected area.
  • Joint mobilization: Osteopathic techniques can improve flexibility and mobility in the ankle, foot, and lower leg, alleviating stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Postural correction: Addressing any postural imbalances that may be contributing to the stress on the plantar fascia can help prevent future flare-ups.
  • Strengthening exercises: Tailored exercises can be prescribed to improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles supporting the foot arch, promoting better shock absorption and reducing strain.
  • Lifestyle advice: We can advise on footwear choices, stretching routines, and activity modifications to aid in your recovery and prevent further issues.

What Are the Benefits of osteopathic treatment for plantar fasciitis?

  • Non-invasive and drug-free: Offers a safe and natural approach to pain relief and healing.
  • Addresses the root cause: Helps identify and address the underlying factors contributing to the condition, not just the symptoms.
  • Promotes long-term healing: By improving biomechanics and strengthening muscles, it can help prevent future flare-ups.
  • Improves mobility and function: Allows you to return to your daily activities and enjoy a pain-free life.

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