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I think I'm developing plantar fasciitis in my left foot from running. Will foot massage help get rid of it?

Nicole Scruggs (Detroit, MI) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help your plantar fasciitis and proper nutrition will heal the inflammation in the muscle and tendon. Foot reflexology would be great.
Leslie Wilcher (Naperville, IL) on Feb 10, 2012
You need to see a foot doctor to make sure you have plantar fasciitis. If you do, massage will help you recover.
Mary Jo Smiley (Warrendale, PA) on Feb 10, 2012
Addressing the trigger points that have been activated in the calf would be the best bet. Often the calf muscles are shortened. This can cause heel pain, which is typically worse when you get up from bed or after sitting for a long time. Try keeping a tennis ball in the freezer and roll it under the foot several times a day. Rolling a golf ball under the foot can help too.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, as long as it's the right kind of foot massage. Myoskeletal alignment technique and medical massage will help. The Achilles tendon is too tight. You have to break up the fascia in the plantar part of the foot and around the heel.
Kelly Churchfield (Long Beach, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
Only temporarily. More than likely you have some tension issues that can begin as high up the leg as your glutes. I would begin stretching out your glutes, then your hamstrings, followed by your calf muscles (gastochnemius/soleus). The bottom of your foot is just the end of the line from tension from further up the leg.
Peter Proto (Meriden, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
Reflexology can help.
Norma Segovia (San Antonio, TX) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help, but be sure you are stretching before your runs and after as well. Soak your feet after your runs. Icing will also help. Alternate ice and heat. Find a massage therapist that will help you with your problem before it gets worse.
Christopher Cesena (San Diego, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
While plantar fasiitis can be treated with massage, first get a diagnosis from a primary care provider or specialist. Any massage treatment for an injury should be cleared with your primary care provider first. If you do have plantar fasiitis, deep tissue massage from a trained massage therapist can be beneficial. To treat plantar fasiitis, the therapist will have to work slowly and do deep work on the surounding muscles, paying very close attention the gastrocnemius and soleus. This can be painful. Don't expect immediate results. Talk to your therapist to set expectations.
Susan Powell (Las Vegas, NV) on Feb 10, 2012
Look into myofascial release, which will help to release the restrictions in the fascia on the plantar side of the foot. I have worked with a client before for the same problem and it only took one session for the pain to go away! Results depend on the severity of the condition and how quickly you heal.
Desmond Diaz (Clermont, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
In my experience with with runners and triathletes, this is fairly common. Massage focused on your foot will help, as well as increased focus on massaging and stretching the gastrocnemius and soleus(calves) of your leg, as tightness in your calf muscles from running pull on your feet. (When you lay down at night, look down at your feet. If they point straight down, your calves are tight). You can use a rubber ball on the sole of your foot and roll it around from heels to toe (with the foot on top of ball on the floor) for a minute or so on each foot. Strengthen the muscles around your shin(anterior tibialis) with dorsiflexion to reduce some of the tension the calf is placing on the heel and arch of your foot. This and regular massage should help to get rid of, or significantly reduce, your fasciitis.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
It sounds like your body may be out of alignment. It could also be the reason why only your left foot is affected. Make sure that your running shoes are not old and worn down. If they are worn down, then the arches are not supporting your foot, which may cause your body to go out of alignment.
Jacqueline Cole-Wright (Lehigh Acres, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
There is no guarantee. Massage should help. Were you fitted for your running shoes? Are they in good condition?
Ann Prokenpek (Roswell, GA) on Feb 10, 2012
Some things you can do if you suspect plantar fascitiis is to foam roll and stretch your calves on a regular basis, especially after a run. Keep a full water bottle in the freezer. Roll your foot over the frozen bottle to help relieve the inflammation, loosen the tendon and help with the range of motion in your foot. Massage is definitely helpful!
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage and acupuncture will help. They can help with the circulation in that area.
Eve Torres (Pinellas Park, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage may temporarily relieve the pain. However, a cupping massage or daily stretches will help even more with a lasting result.
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Feb 10, 2012
Possibly, but I recommend finding a practitioner who specializes in structure, such as a Rolfer. Or find someone who has learned to release tethered nerves. Then the work will be more specific to your needs than general massage and more likely to help.
Della Melville (Plainfield, IL) on Feb 10, 2012
Massaging the foot may help your situation, however, your plantar fasciitis pain may be due to tight muscles elsewhere. A qualified massage therapist can properly evaluate your situation and address your specific needs to help remedy your pain. Sports massage and/or neuromuscular therapy may be the best modalities for you.
Larry Tipper (Wilmington, NC) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, massage will help. Also, put a couple of golf balls in the freezer and roll them around your instep.
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage and stretching can help.
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage and stretching are excellent for helping with plantar fasciitis.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes. I work with a few marathon runners. It is very effective.
Robin Kania (Scottsdale, AZ) on Feb 10, 2012
Foot massage will not get rid of plantar fasciitis, but it will help ease the pain and prevent it from getting worse. The best advice I can give is to make sure the arch support in your shoes is adequate. Once you have done that, there are a few at-home things your can do. Roll a tennis ball under your feet (with decent pressure) one at a time all the way through the arch of your foot. Continue this for about two minutes on each foot Next, I would suggest getting a hand towel and putting it flat on the floor in front of you, then step on one edge of the towel and with your toes, bring it to you. (It is not as easy as it sounds.) I hope these suggestions helped a little. Good luck.
Michael Rosengart (Los Angeles, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, a foot massage will help but there is more to consider, such as your work to rest ratio, your stride efficiency and your nutrition. My secret weapon is taking fish oil to help your fascia remodel with more elasticity. After that, focus on some gait stretches before your run to help with the mobility of your hips and ankles. Lastly, take some time off from running. Do a few cross training circuits to help even out your movement patterns and avoid compensating strategies.
Nataliya McAfee (Louisville, KY) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help you to feel better and may stop the development of plantar fasciitis. Lazy self massage: pick about ten flat medium-size stones and make a stone rug in your room. Walk barefoot on the "rug" every morning and evening for a few minutes. Exercise: Sit. Roll a tennis ball with your foot. Then roll a golf ball.
David Niyazov (Coral Springs, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, it will. Get a calf massage as well as a foot masasge.
Ofer Orr (Jamaica - Estate, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
Foot massage can definitely help with plantar fasciitis, along with stretch exercises.
Nadia Loury (Glenolden, PA) on Feb 10, 2012
I recommend that you see your doctor for an official diagnosis.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, it will. Changing your running shoes may also help.
Desirae Glasgow (Salt Lake City, UT) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help. Massage your foot with your hands, including the heel and Achilles tendon. Keep a tennis ball with you, and when you sit down, roll it on the sole of your foot. At the end of the day, when your foot is sore, put ice on it for about 15 minutes after massaging it. All of this should help. Best of luck!
Willow Roberts (Bailey, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, it will. I once suffered from plantar fasciitis. I spent time soaking in Epsom salt baths. I also had my feet massaged in order to loosen the fascia in the calf (gastocs, and soleus).
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, you need to have the tendon stretched out. The best thing you can do for plantar fasciitis is get these heel inserts that actually relax the nerve that over-tightens the tendon. They are called Bauerfiend ViscoSpot. They have worked on me and everyone I have recommended them to.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Feb 10, 2012
You need to keep the fascia stretched out and take anti-inflammatory meds. I have a technique called Rossiter that can eliminate plantar fascia issues.
Daniel Cook (Woodinville, WA) on Feb 10, 2012
Plantar fasciitis (PF) can develop from running, and may respond to foot massage. However, it is critically important that the surrounding muscles, such as your calf muscles, also be assessed and released as needed. Runners will often develop PF not from the impact, but from the resulting calf tension which pulls the calcaneus bone, which in turn over-tightens the plantar fascia. Be sure the therapist you see is experienced in treating athletic injuries. And be prepared to stop running for a short while as you recover.
Sandy Rabolli (Coral Springs, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
No, but the right stretch, and perhaps chiropractic adjustment, will help.
Tom Chancy (Reno, NV) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage on the plantar fascia can relieve symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Stretching and trigger point therapy work as well. I use a series of reflexology, acupressure, trigger point therapy, and deep tissue massage techniques to relieve plantar fasciitis.
Paula Reeder (Katy, TX) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will probably not do the trick, although it can help to ease the pain. Try doing some exercises. Sit in a chair, put a towel on the floor, and bunch the towel up using your toes. I would suggest that you be fitted for some foot stabilizers, though you should avoid hard plastic orthotics.
Bill Ross (Littleton, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, massaging the arch of your foot will relax all of the muscles. Also, stretch your muscles in the calves. Through massage and stretching, you should be able to stop the plantar fasciitis and prevent it from coming back.
Rob Hundley (Broomfield, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes. In addition, you can freeze a water bottle and roll it under your bare foot. Stretches can also relieve the pain and tightness. A good massage therapist can show you how.
Jennifer Forte (Ithaca, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, foot massage will help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis, but you should also have calf massage integrated into your session. The plantar fascia connects to the connective tissue surrounding your calf muscles, and the whole area will also benefit greatly from stretching. To prevent tight calves and plantar fascia, avoid wearing high heels too often, make sure your blankets aren't too tight at the bottom of your bed at night, and do regular calf stretches.
Ashlie Sykora (Bellevue, NE) on Feb 10, 2012
Foot massage with a tennis ball can help. Also, take a good look at your running shoes. Many shoe stores that will examine your gait and help you find the right shoe, as wearing the wrong shoe can cause injuries and conditions like plantar fasciitis.
Kimberly Deane (Media, PA) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, massage will help with this condition. I have my sister as a client and she is a marathon runner. Her plantar fasciitis has been helped dramatically by massage. She also went to an expert running store and they watched her running gait to get a sense of the pronation in her foot placement. Then they recommended the right shoe for her. Not all running stores do this, so choose the right store. I wish you the best in your healing!
Tim Hackett (Raleigh, NC) on Feb 10, 2012
The better bet is a broader sports massage that encompasses the gastrocs and soleus muscles, the Achilles tendon and then the plantar fascia. Just working the feet might feel good, but based on my 10 years of experience, it will not solve the root problem. I often work from the hip down if the problem is with gait, as opposed to just tight calf muscles.
Charles Bell (Knoxville, TN) on Feb 10, 2012
The things that may cause planter fasciitis include excessive wear on the plantar fascia. This can be caused by inappropriate footwear or inactivity. To get rid of plantar fasciitis, choose proper footwear with arch support. Rest to reduce inflammation. A Other techniques include, icing, taping, and stretching before, during, and after exercising. If pain persists, seek a doctor's advice.
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help, but will not get rid of the condition. First, you must determine what factors are contributing to your plantar fasciitis besides the running, like an uneven pelvis or improper shoes. You need to stop running until you can correct this problem. If there is an imbalance in your pelvis, you need to re-balance and strengthen it. Proper stretching and good running shoes are imperative going forward. In short, neuromuscular massage, body awareness and stretching is my recommendation.
Kim Pham (Cincinnati, OH) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, massage can help relieve some of your pain. The pain you feel is from the plantar being very tight and inflamed. Massage can help By softening the connective tissue and removing some built up fluid.
Kimberly Hellyar (Saint Louis, MO) on Feb 10, 2012
The best ways to manage plantar fasciitis include ice and rest while the pain is present, oral anti-inflammatory medications, a heel pad, stretching and calf, shin and ankle exercises.
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
No, massaging will not help. When you have plantar fasciitis, you have inflammation in the plantar fascia, which is a tendon that is attached to the heel and runs under your foot to each of your toes. Rubbing it would most likely irritate it more. Having proper support in your shoes will help. Heating and then icing also helps. Calf stretches and towel stretches help. Resting your feet by staying off your feet for long periods of time is also helpful. Taking an anti-inflammatory drug like Advil, Motrin or Aleve will help as well. You need to stop the running for a while until your foot heals.
James Delgadillo (Memphis, TN) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, proper massage techniques can be very helpful, both as a preventative treatment or in treating the condition.
Terri Hosfeld (Phoenix, AZ) on Feb 10, 2012
I have had success alleviating the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Each case is different, but massage can be beneficial by increasing the circulation and relieving tension. It sounds like you are unsure if it is plantar fasciitis. There are several other things that could cause the discomfort. Massage would be a good place to start. I hope this is helpful. Feel free to contact me again. Thank you.
Shari Auth (New York, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes.
Stacey Davidson (Scottsdale, AZ) on Feb 10, 2012
I recommend using a roller on your foot a few times a day to help break up the fascia layer. (This my not feel peachy but does help.) Being a massage therapist, I am believer in massage! I would work the feet extensively, as wells as all major and minor muscle groups in the legs.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
The problem is most likely coming from a stuck SI Joint (sacroiliac joint, where your ilium bone and sacrum meet) and a stuck tibia/fibula joint in your lower leg. Have a body worker check both sides and work on loosening the tighter side. I'm guessing the right side SI is likely stuck. If not, have your massage therapist work on loosening up the hamstrings and deep posterior calf muscles and lengthening the tendon in the foot. See if that helps.
Nicholas Arnold (Las Vegas, NV) on Feb 10, 2012
You may find some relief through foot massage, but it is also helpful to have your calf muscles and Achilles tendon massaged as well. When resting at home, try rolling your foot on a tennis ball for a few minutes each day. This helps to soften the plantar fascia, potentially taking some of the stress out of the tissue.
Krystina Morris (Louisville, GA) on Feb 10, 2012
Foot massage and stretching will help. Follow these self-care tips to ease pain and discomfort in your foot. Put your feet up. Stay off your feet for several days when the pain is severe. Apply ice. Hold a cloth-covered ice pack over the area of pain for 15 to 20 minutes three or four times a day or after athletic activity. Or try ice massage. Freeze a water-filled paper cup and roll it over the site of discomfort for about five to seven minutes. Regular ice massage can help reduce pain and inflammation. Cut back on your running. You probably won't have to permanently retire your running shoes, but it's a good idea to cover shorter distances until pain subsides. Take up a no- or low-impact exercise. Swap swimming or bicycling in for walking or jogging. You'll likely be able to return to your regular activities as your heel pain gradually improves. However, some people find that the only way to avoid a recurring problem is to give up high-impact activities, such as running and some forms of dance. Add arch supports to your shoes. Inexpensive over-the-counter arch supports take the tension off the plantar fascia and help absorb shock. Stretch your arches. Simple exercises using household objects can stretch your plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
Josee Knecht (Memphis, TN) on Feb 10, 2012
Unfortunately, massage will not get rid of plantar fasciitis, though it will help minimize the symptoms. What will minimize symptoms the most will be to stop the repetitive wear and tear on your feet caused by running. If you can't do that, you'll need to check in with your doctor and see what your long term options are, depending on how severe your fascitis is. It can progress into a very painful condition if not kept in check. If you can't give up running, see an licensed massage therapist for weekly foot massages to minimize the symptoms. I know how addictive running is. I work with many ultramarathon runners, and once those symptoms start, you'll always be dealing with them. Good luck and take care!
Michael Wolfes (Palm Desert, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
Massage will help in relieving discomfort, but you will need to consult with a podiatrist for the optimum solution(s) to resolving it permanently.
Frank DeJesus (Englewood Cliffs, NJ) on Feb 10, 2012
A better massage for plantar fasciitis is to place a tennis ball on the ground. Roll your foot over the ball until you find a tender spot. Then roll on that spot very slowly, with some downward pressure. Do this for 30 seconds a few times a day, every day.
Thomas Terrell (Miami, FL) on Feb 10, 2012
The plantaris muscle is one of the sources that could be causing your symptoms. This muscle is located on the back of your leg below the knee and has fascia that connects down to your heel. The pain is often associated with a muscular imbalance of the plantaris which causes too much or too little tension in the plantaris's fascia. Proper stretching and myofascial release (foam rolling) can help alleviate and prevent your symptoms. Resting the muscle, icing the painful area, and a light anti-inflammatory ( ibuprofen ) regimen are recommended to treat the condition. If this does not alleviate your pain, seek treatment from your doctor or physical therapist. The foot massage will feel good and may help with the pain, but will not be enough alone to prevent or cure your ailment.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
I had a heel spur before I attended massage therapy school. I asked one of my instructors what could be done. I then went for a professional massage and requested cross tissue work on my gastrocnemius muscles. It was a bit uncomfortable, however, it did relieve the plantar fasciitis very effectively.
Geraldine Macinski (Sandy Hook, CT) on Feb 10, 2012
I had a heel spur before I attended massage therapy school. I asked one of my instructors what could be done. I then went for a professional massage and requested cross tissue work on my gastrocnemius muscles. It was a bit uncomfortable, however, it did relieve the plantar fasciitis very effectively.
Robert Moss (Middletown, NY) on Feb 10, 2012
It won't necessarily get rid of it, but it can be extremely helpful.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes, but only a good neuromuscular or myoskeletal massage therapist! You need to find a professional with lots of experience and curiosity.
Jonathan Liem (Monrovia, CA) on Feb 10, 2012
Yes it can, however, at least in Southern California, "foot massage" places tend to be more of a pampering treatment by poorly trained "therapists" rather than an actual treatment to help you. If it was me, I would look at what I am doing to create this problem - am I running in the wrong way? Does my gait show that I am everted or inverted? Then I'd look up several different ways to deal with the problem - massage can be one of them. Others are ice, heat, and wraps for the heel/ankle. I would be more concerned with your calf as well - especially if your heel is hurting more on one side or the other. There are some smaller muscles in the lower leg that rotate your foot from side to side - and those muscles and their respective tendons may be inflamed as well. Hope this helps!
Bryna Carracino (Los Angeles, CA) on Mar 26, 2012
put a soup can in your freezer. as soon as it's frozen take it out and roll the foot that's having the issue 20 minutes at a time. Twice a day will do but if you run that day roll after the run. Also have you increased your mileage? running more hills? changed your sneakers? are you stretching enough before exercise or after? I would love to help you so please get back to me! best Bryna Itrainwithbryna.com
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Mar 18, 2012
Stop running. Massage. Cold laser treatment.
Doug Larsen (Hopkins, MN) on Mar 18, 2012
Foot massage may help but a bit more information would create a better outline to what the problem may be. It's common for people to think a specific exercise is the reason for pain. Often times the daily routine is more of the precursor. high heeled shoes, how you sit while driving, etc. Try to find out if there are other things you do in your daily life that may place unwanted stress to your foot.
Efren Jimenez (Burbank, CA) on Mar 14, 2012
Massage plus daily stretching, good, constant hydration and soaking your feet in hot water with Epsom Salts will surely help get rid of it.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Mar 1, 2012
Cross fiber friction massage on Calcaneus & through massage of legs. Ice packs can also be used to reduce inflammation.