The inflammation in the foot can be addressed in multiple ways. The most effective and immediate being manual techniques used by our physiotherapists and massage therapists.
The second method of fixing the affected area is to strengthen the muscles associated with the medial arch, like the tibialis anterior (and others). By eliminating the inhibition in the tibialis anterior and related muscles, you can regain the integrity of the medial arch, allowing effective supination and pronation during the gait cycle, reducing the strain and overload on the affected plantar fascia.
There are many many ways to provide temporary relief of pain and improvement in function. In order to provide long term results, both the primary (often the opposing leg) and secondary issue (local pain, weakness, and tissue overuse) need to be resolved.
Written by Matt O’Brien (Personal Trainer and Bachelor of Kinesiology Student) & Mathew Hughes (Physiotherapist & Owner of Body Science Therapy & Performance Centre).
Edited by Mathew Hughes & Sarah Tringale (Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Candidate).