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Fusion-Southport offers an impressive range of specialist remedial massage treatments. Lisa has been qualified in massage since 1993 and over the years has treated hundreds of injuries and painful conditions, in addition to lecturing and training holistic, beauty and sports therapists in her techniques. To explore the possibilities of regaining control over painful conditions book online or message to arrange a free consultation (you can visit the clinic or opt for a telephone consultation).


If you're reading this you're probably experiencing foot pain, or someone you care about is. Plantar fasciitis is a viscous cycle of inflammation, restricted movement, disturbed sleep and can lead to further physical problems and mental strain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar (meaning foot) fasciitis (meaning inflammation of the fascia) is where you have pain on the bottom of your foot, around your heel and arch. 

The plantar fascia attaches at the heel of the foot and is an important structure, providing support and shock absorption when you walk or run.

Micro-tears to the fascia caused by overuse, repetitive strain or injury leads to debilitating tightness and discomfort or pain. Unlike muscle injury, conditions like plantar fasciitis can take a long time to heal and can be hindered by continued strains placed on the foot.  


Is your foot pain really plantar fasciitis? 

Your foot pain is most likely to be plantar fasciitis if:

  • pain is worse after resting

  • pain feels better during exercise

  • you're finding it difficult to raise your toes

Managing plantar fasciitis?

  • rest and raise your foot whenever you can. This will encourage reduction of excess swelling. 

  • use an ice pack (such as a bag of frozen peas covered in a towel) under the foot every couple of hours. Avoid using ice packs for more than 20 minutes at any one time.

  • Avoid walking barefoot on hard floors

  • wear wide comfortable shoes that don't constrict your foot. Avoid flat footwear that doesn't have any arch support.

  • use soft insoles or heel pads in your shoes

  • regular gentle stretching exercises

  • gently exercise (e.g. swimming) the foot without putting pressure on the underside of the foot.

  • Avoid standing or walking for long periods

  • take pain killers

Plantar fasciitis not healing?

After a couple of weeks if your foot pain is not reducing or you are constantly experiencing tension in the foot and lower leg, you will need some form of intervention. Once you've had plantar fasciitis you are more prone to getting repeated injury if you do not have the condition treated.

Fusion offers a fast and effective treatment in its G5 massage service. Long-term issues can be alleviated quickly and stubborn conditions that need a nudge to get healing can really benefit from this treatment. Many clients have seen their symptoms totally relieved with G5 therapy. Book in for a free consultation or book a 20 min G5 treatment to get started.

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