It’s Mike here one of the sports massage therapists at West Chiropractic.

This blog will shed some light on that annoying pain at the bottom of the heel after you go for a run.

I am going to explain what is causing it and how we are treating plantar fasciitis in our clinic. By definition plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia – a part of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fascia is a tough band of connective tissue. However, it has or should have elastic properties, it also helps to support the arch of the foot.

This happens during normal walking or running. To understand the causes of plantar fasciitis we need to mention what is going on in the foot during gait.

The foot itself is made of twenty-six bones, thirty joints, and more than hundred tendons., muscles, and ligaments all of each work together to provide support, balance and mobility.

Sometimes our plantar fascia may get aggravated and become inflamed. This might happen for few reasons for example if you started exercising on a hard surface, recently started doing a lot more walking, running or standing.

In our clinic I treat plantar fasciitis by using few techniques. Firstly, deep tissue massage.

Knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics of the foot is the key here. I am improving mobility and de-sensitising aggravated areas.

Additionally, sometimes I use instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Special stainless-steel tools that allow me to get deeper into tissues. In the clinic we also have shockwave machine that have been proved to be highly effective in treating plantar fasciitis. In a nutshell the shockwave generates sound wave that carries certain kinetic energy, breaking down tissues on microscopic level rekindling healing process.

If you find yourself suffering with pain at the bottom of your heel , don’t hesitate to pop into our clinic

Thanks for reading. If you would like to have a chat with me or book a taster session then call us on 01932355529 or email info@westchiropractic.co.uk

Mike