Plantar fasciitis is notoriously difficult to treat, thankfully though difficult is not the same as ‘impossible’. The difficulty in getting treated successfully is partly due to the sheer number of management options available. The number of possible ways to manage plantar fasciitis makes it tough to know which you should pursue. One of the key decisions that faces plantar fasciitis sufferer is around whether they pursue treatment or just rely on taping.
Before we weigh up the relative benefits of plantar fasciitis taping and plantar fasciitis treatment it’s worth defining these 2 terms. In many ways plantar fasciitis taping and plantar fasciitis treatment are not entirely separate topics but are interlinked. There is however a difference between the intention of plantar fasciitis taping and the intention behind plantar fasciitis treatment.
Plantar Fasciitis Taping – The application of tape to the sole of the foot in order to stabilise the plantar fascia and provide support for the arch.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment – The use of tools and techniques that target the pain and scar like tissue of plantar fasciitis.
*In this post we will ignore the important subject of ‘plantar fasciitis rehabilitation’ which stops the pain from coming back repeatedly. For now we’ll just call that part a no brainer. If you want to see the necessary exercises click here.
Having thrown myself at treating people’s foot pain and plantar fasciitis for a couple of decades I have learned that by far the most reliable treatments for plantar fasciitis are those that break up scar tissue and increase blood flow in the sole of the foot.
The specific forms of plantar fasciitis treatment which target scar tissue (like shockwave therapy and graston technique) and blood flow make the biggest difference to the greatest number of people in the shortest amount of time. I am not the only practitioner who has come to this conclusion I can assure you!
Weighing It Up
So out there, amongst the wide spectrum of possible ways you could manage your plantar fasciitis are the topics of plantar fasciitis taping and plantar fasciitis treatment, that’s clear. What is not clear is which you should choose, or even if you should choose either of them!
The basic distinction to be made here is that plantar fasciitis taping and plantar fasciitis treatment have very different intentions. They are both obviously designed to help reduce your pain but the way that they go about that is very different indeed.
Plantar fasciitis taping does not seek to break up scar tissue or to promote blood flow. It does however seek to reduce mechanical stress in the plantar fascia What this generally means in practice is that plantar fasciitis taping is very useful for easing pain (especially in the short term) but that it should under no circumstances be used as a replacement for the all-important plantar fasciitis treatments that actually aim to heal the tissue.
So plantar fasciitis taping reduces strain in the plantar fascia – and plantar fasciitis treatment aims to heal the ‘injured’ tissue.
Plantar fasciitis treatments aim to create positive change deep in the tissues while plantar fasciitis taping aims to provide support by reducing stress in the tissues. So in many ways plantar fasciitis taping and plantar fasciitis treatments for blood flow and scar tissue are perfect compliment’s to one another.
What Does It Look Like
Plantar fasciitis taping techniques that aim to reduce strain in the plantar fascia and supporting the arch include a range of techniques and taping patterns.
The plantar fasciitis treatments that aim to break up scar tissue and promote blood flow include..
-guasha or scraping
-post isometric stretches
-mechanical massage machines
If you are looking for help with plantar fasciitis treatment, plantar fasciitis taping or even help with a full rehabilitation plan for plantar fasciitis, heel pain or any other pain for that matter look no further. All our contact details are here on the site if you use one of the channels to reach out and tell us what is happening we will give you an honest indication of whether we think we can help.