Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot complaints of adults 30 to 60 years old. 

The Plantar Fascia is the thick “band” like ligament that runs from the heel, through the arch of the foot, to the toes. The main function of the Plantar Fascia is to act as a shock absorber and to support the arch of the foot as you are walking or running. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that happens when there are micro-tears and inflammation in the tendon. 

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include: 

  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel. 
  • Pain in the foot after waking in the morning and taking your first few steps 
  • Pain in the foot after the first few steps 
  • Greater pain in the foot after exercise, usually not during 

Some of the risk factors for Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • Tight calf muscles, making it more difficult to flex your foot
  • Flat feet or higher arches
  • Repetitive activity such as running, hiking or other sports. 
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity 

Massage Can help!

Along with regular stretching and adequate arch support, deep tissue massage is the most recommended treatments for Plantar Fasciitis. Deep tissue massage helps to reduce the pain by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the area, loosen tendons and ligaments made tight by overuse and reduce inflammation in the area. It’s motivating for people to experience a much faster recovery when receiving massage for this condition. Our therapists use a variety of deep tissue massage techniques to get you back on both feet again.

If you have been suffering from foot pain or Plantar Fasciitis, call our center today and book deep tissue massage with focus on the feet.

Clare Katner has been a licensed massage therapist and teacher for over 20 years. As the founder of East Bridge Massage she leads a team of 10 massage therapists in Portland Oregon, offering specialized treatments seven days a week. Whether it’s deep tissue or stress reduction her inspiration is to create a unique and customized experience to reach the many needs of all those that seek advanced massage therapy.