Massage therapy can be a great form of treatment to relieve foot and ankle pain that may be lingering for a long period of time. The majority of heel pain is centered around pressure placed on the plantar fascia, which is a ligament located at the bottom of the foot that runs from the bottom of the heel, where it is connected to the Achilles tendon. Moreover, massage therapy is suitable for treating ankle sprains as well. The benefit of this type of therapy is that it focuses on alleviating tension across damaged areas of the foot and ankle by promoting correct healing for the long-term, not just temporarily.
How massage is incorporated into treatment:
- Massage therapy can break up scar tissues. This happens by first warming up the area to be massaged to help make the scar tissue less rigid and next rubbing the plantar fascia by hand or by using specialized tools. Although this therapy may cause some discomfort at the start, the benefits it can provide are well worth the initial discomfort.
- The plantar fascia will be released through the massage. The essential foot muscles will then be targeted to reduce pressure residing within them. The foot’s joints are then massaged and the bottom of the foot will thereafter be stretched appropriately. Ice will be used at the end of this method to reduce any inflammation in the area massaged.
We offer massage therapy for foot and ankle conditions in an effort to provide lasting relief from persistent pain without first utilizing invasive treatment techniques. At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, located in Chicago, Illinois, our podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos will use this form of therapy along with any other applicable forms of treatment to help your feet have a great chance of overcoming any current discomfort they may be experiencing from a variety of conditions. Please take a moment to make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and review our Patient Education Library for any other helpful information that may be of interest to you.