Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

3 May 2011

If you have this injury, you feel pain under your heel when you place your foot on the ground.

The pain is worse when you get up in the morning or after you have been sitting for a long period. After you take a few steps, the pain generally fades but it can return even more intensely after a certain distance. Or, if the discomfort does not increase during a longer walk, the pain may be even more debilitating the next day due to the accumulated inflammation.

An osteopath can intervene in several ways:

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  • By treating the plantar fascia itself and then by trying to normalize it based on the other structures in the body. This fascia can be compared to a diaphragm that, much like the other diaphragms in the body, cycles through both tension and relaxation phases. The plantar fascia must therefore be in harmony with the other diaphragms.
  • By assessing the mobility of the bones in the foot. Plantar fasciitis is relatively common and can affect individuals with a high arch (supination) or with flat feet (pronation). As the osteopath moves each bone in the foot, it should respond in a certain way based on the specific tendency (pronation or supination). Consequently, if a structure moves in a way that is contrary to its natural tendency, the risk of injury is increased.


Given its specificity and overall approach, osteopathy is particularly effective for this type of pain.

À propos de l'auteur

Jeannine van Vliet, D.O.

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