Plantar Fasciitis (pronounced PLAN-tar fashee-EYE-tiss) in its simplest definition is an inflammation of the plantar fascia – the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation occurs in the connective tissue at the heel pf the foot. As a result of this inflammation, heel spurs develop in the area. Heel spurs are malleable calcium deposits that can be easily seen and identified on an x-ray. Heel spurs are NOT the cause of pain for patients (the inflammation is), but because the spurs are readily identified, the terms plantar fasciitis and “heel spurs” are used interchangeably for convenience.
Interesting that you don’t mention what I find to be the #1 cause of plantar fascitis. It is trigger points in the soleus muscle which cannot be stretched in the same manner that is used to stretch the other calf muscle (the gastrocnemius). You can work the foot and heeel all day long and not resolve the problem until you get rid of the triggr points in the soleus and learn how to stretch it properly.
I am a massage therapist and you don’t even mention seeing this group of professionals who can be very helpful in working with someone. Massage the calf; do NOT massage the foot. Once you have gotten rid of the trigger points and gotten the calf muscles in good shape you can then massage the foot…..but chances are you wont’ need to. It will have become a non-issue.
The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It can be extremely painful, interfere with routine daily activities, and diminish the quality of life in the sufferer. The plantar fascia is the wide, flat piece of connective tissue that supports the sole of the foot from the heel to the toes. If this becomes torn, overstretched, or ruptured, the tendon may become inflamed in a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Preventing plantar fasciitis, as well as avoiding further injury once it does develop, can help to keep you on your feet and active.