Healing Heel Pain with Reflexology

Plantar Fasciitis…

a pain in the bottom of the heel…and it’s becoming a more common problem for many.

What is it?

For those dealing with this condition it’s usual to experience sharp pain first thing in the morning (which may or may not improve through the day) and again in the evening after resting.

If you study the structure of the foot and it’s biomechanics it all makes sense. There is a band called the plantar fascia that runs from the ball of the foot to the heel. This band doesn’t stretch easily and when it is forced beyond it’s “elastic limits” it can tear at it’s weakest insertion point, the heel bone.

There are many sites with information about Plantar Fasciitis and what causes it…let’s explore what can be done to help heal it. (this is assuming that you have a correct diagnosis)

Natural Solutions

  • Reflexology benefits this condition because it relaxes and stretches the muscles of the foot and the calf. Through specific techniques it also increases circulation to the area…and increased circulation always brings healing oxygen and nutrients to the area, while at the same time taking away toxins.  It will likely take a few treatments to help the area to heal…you didn’t develop this condition overnight so be patient with your foot.
  • Some times what feels like Plantar Fasciitis isn’t that at all, but instead is actually referred pain caused by tightness in the calf muscle, especially the Soleus. Be sure to have your muscles assessed … if the Soleus is the cause then no amount of treatment to the plantar fascia is going to release it.
  • Any term that ends in “itis” means inflammation and Ice is a great help with reducing that. Applying an ice pack to the bottom of the foot, placing your foot on a bag of frozen peas or rolling a can of frozen juice under your foot all help to ice the area BUT remember that ice causes things to contract (like muscles) so BEFORE you get up and move around take a break from the ice and let some warmth return to the muscles.

    Reflexology Path

    Reflexology Path (Photo credit: kingcountyparks)

  • Stretching & strengthening the plantar muscles is vital. When something hurts we tend to want to keep it still but these muscles need to be worked (gently!) to begin healing. Warm them up in a foot bath (with Epsom salts to help reduce soreness) and then scrunch your toes, flex them, pick up pebbles with your toes starting with golf ball size and gradually working with smaller ones…
  • REST! The area needs to be given a break…this is when you really need to just “put your feet up”!  If you have to be up on your feet be sure that you are wearing shoes with a lot of support, especially in the arch. When walking the only part of your foot that should be moving is where the ball of the foot meets the toes.
 “Reflexology is a foot-focused therapy that I think is more than just a relaxing spa treat. It’s a health-supporting treatment. I’ve prescribed Reflexology for Plantar Fasciitis and other foot and ankle problems, with good results.”  Dr Andrew Weil

Have you experienced Reflexology?
Have you used it to help with Plantar Fasciitis?
What other natural remedies have helped you to deal with foot pain?

7 thoughts on “Healing Heel Pain with Reflexology


  2. Reblogged this on Hand to Health and commented:

    Since originally posting this article last year I’ve seen an amazing number of people coming in for sessions and experiencing really positive results with Reflexology for Plantar Fasciitis and other foot ailments. With the onset of summer, bare feet and sandals it’s even more important to take good care of those tender tootsies!

    • Hi Debra
      I usually recommend every 4 to 5 days for about 4 weeks to start effecting a change. It may be less or more depending on how your body responds, and that can be affected by how long you’ve been dealing with the issue. As a holistic therapy Reflexology works along with your body, so healing is very much an individualized process.
      Hope that helps.

    • Hi Theresa
      Medications are not part of my scope of practice so it is difficult to say. I usually ask clients that are taking anything to relieve pain not to take it in the few hours prior to their session so that they have a more accurate sensation of the pressure I am using.
      Not sure if that is helpful or not.

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