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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis


What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition which used to be called "Policeman's Heel" due to the high prevalence in police officers that used to pound the streets.  It is an extremely painful and often debilitating condition which can often affect those who are keen exercisers or particularly active.

Stretching from the middle foot bones to the heel, the strong band of tissue (plantar fascia) behaves like a shock absorber for the foot and also supports the arch of the foot.

Microtears to the plantar fascia and the resulting inflammation, can mean that the simple movement of placing the foot flat on the ground can be extremely painful.  These tears start to heal whilst you are resting or sleeping which is why it can be especially painful on waking as the tears are "re-torn" once again by the movement.  Pain will usually be felt under the "pad" of the heel and it can be sensitive to the touch.

What can cause Plantar Fasciitis?

There are a number of different causes of Plantar Fasciitis;  obesity, changing the surface which you normally run on, increasing your normal running routine, a new activity or wearing shoes that don't provide proper heel support and protection.

Plantar Fasciitis can take time to develop or can appear "overnight".  It can affect either one of the feet or both together.



Dr Joi Treats Plantar Fasciitis with Cupping



Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Cupping

Plantar fasciitis can be treated with cupping and in the video above, Dr Joi demonstrates different ways to do so.  She uses flat, dome-shaped "Energy" cups, which are great for treatments on the bottom of the foot.  Alternatively, she uses a small "Edge" cup with which she can do short strokes.  Finally, Dr Joi looks to "vacuum" out the adhesions, usually with the client supine.  
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