For many, it can be important to receive manual therapy on both the foot and the leg when treating plantar fasciitis. Here's why:
The two bones of the lower leg are intimately connected with the talus bone of the ankle. Problems develop when for various reasons the alignment and full range of motion of the foot become altered. With a change in the angle of the talus, the tibia is then moved out of alignment leading to muscle imbalances. The muscles involved are tibialis anterior, tibialis posterior, flexor digitorm longus, and flexor hallucis longus. These muscles attach from the lower leg to the underside of the foot. They work together along with the bone structure of the medial arch to allow for optimal gait. Excessive stress in any one of these areas can lead to the development of plantar fasciitis.
During the Sports Treatment, muscles involved in the alignment and functioning of the foot will be massaged to effectively lengthen and loosen the tightened tissues. The one hour treatment is divided into two segments. The first 40 minutes is consists of the fascial release of the feet combined with our deep reflexology session (virtually our Signature Plantar Fasciitis Treatment). The last 20 minutes is a deep muscle and fascia release treatment on the lower leg. This is very quickly becoming the most popular of our treatments.