Holistic Balance

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363 Burwood Rd 3122 Hawthorn, VIC
Phone: (039) 041-3232
Plantar Fasciitis | Holistic Balance

Plantar Fasciitis is a common and often painful inflammatory or degenerative condition that affects the feet, particularly the heel area, but more specifically, the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It is characterised by pain and discomfort in the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. Myotherapy, a specialised manual therapy, offers valuable insights into the assessment, treatment, and prevention of plantar fasciitis.

Aetiology and Causes: 

Plantar fasciitis is primarily caused by excessive straw or stress on the plantar fascia. Common causes include:

  • Overuse or repetitive activities (eg. Running, standing for long hours)
  • Poor foot mechanics (eg. Flat feet, high arches)
  • Obesity or excess weight
  • Inadequate footwear
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Ageing and natural wear and tear
  • Trauma or injury

Risk Factors:

Several factors increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis

  • Age (most common in middle-aged individuals)
  • High-impact sports or activities
  • Occupations that require prolonged standing or walking
  • Obesity
  • Structural foot issues (eg. Flat feet)
  • Inadequate arch support in footwear

Affected Individuals:

Plantar fasciitis can affect individuals of all ages but is more prevalent in:

  • Runners and athletes
  • Those with occupations that involve standing or walking on hard surfaces
  • Middle-aged and older individuals
  • People with Biomechanical foot issues

Prevention Strategies:

Myotherapy emphasises proactive approaches to prevent plantar fasciitis

  • Proper foot wear with arch support
  • Gradual progression in physical activities
  • Regular stretching and strengthening exercises for the feet and calf muscles
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to reduce stress on the feet
  • Myotherapy assessment and treatment to address muscle imbalances and foot mechanics issues
  • Myofascial release: Techniques to release fascial restrictions in the foot and lower leg
  • Postural correction: Addressing Biomechanical issues that contribute to plantar fasciitis
  • Gait analysis: Evaluating the way an individual walks and making necessary adjustments

Plantar fasciitis can be a painful and limiting condition, but Myotherapy offers a holistic approach to understanding and managing it. By addressing the root causes, risk factors, and providing effective prevention and treatment strategies, Myotherapy empowers individuals to take control of their foot health and alleviate the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. With proper care and guidance, individuals can regain their mobility and live pain-free lives.

 

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