Once plantar fasciitis has developed, it is important to identify the cause so that it can be addressed and treated effectively. Rest, ice, and occasionally, anti-inflammatories can be used to decrease discomfort and promote healing in the early stages.
Chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia is accompanied by scar tissue and adhesions which will not only impair the movement of the fascia and arch but also restrict blood flow to the area (resulting in less nutrients getting to the damaged area, and reduced ability to remove waste, neither of which are conducive to healing). In my practice, I’ve seen some great results using cupping therapy to break down adhesions and improve circulation. Other tools we can implement include: soft tissue manipulation, targeted stretching and strengthening of the muscles of the lower leg and foot, and a tailored home care program to compliment their treatment plan.