Using Massage Roller Ball for Plantar Fasciitis


Massage roller balls can be a useful tool for managing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition characterized by inflammation and pain in the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. By incorporating a massage roller ball into your treatment plan, you can potentially alleviate discomfort and promote quicker healing. In this article, we will explore the benefits of using a massage roller ball for plantar fasciitis and provide a step-by-step guide on how to use it effectively.

Plantar fasciitis often causes stabbing pain in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of rest. The condition can be triggered by factors such as overuse, high-impact activities, improper footwear, or biomechanical issues. While there are various treatment options available, utilizing a massage roller ball can offer targeted relief and aid in the healing process.

Using a massage roller ball helps in several ways.

Firstly, it increases blood circulation to the affected area, which promotes healing and reduces inflammation. By gently rolling the ball over the plantar fascia, you can stimulate blood flow and oxygen delivery to the tissues, accelerating the recovery process.

Secondly, the massage roller ball can help break down adhesions and scar tissue that may have formed in the plantar fascia due to chronic inflammation. These adhesions can restrict movement and contribute to pain and stiffness. By applying pressure with the roller ball, you can help release these adhesions and improve flexibility in the foot.

Thirdly, it can increase local tissue temperature. Heat in gneral is anti infalmmatory. This is why a hot bath feels therapeutic on the body. The heat will help with circulation but also reduce inflammatory mediators in that area.

To use a massage roller ball effectively for plantar fasciitis, follow these steps:

  1. Ideally, you first soak your feet first in a warm to hot tub for 5 to 10 mintues or till the water cools. If you would like to add a cup of epson salts to the water then that is definetly acceptble. Make sure a towel is near by to dry off your feet so you don’t slip on floor or launch the ball across room into the sleeping dog.
  2. I would recomend being seated while applying pressure. This not only allows better control of the pressure but you’ll tend to stay there longer than if standing. Use a kitchen chair height to sit on and preferably similar firmness so you have stability.
  3. Begin rolling the ball along the length of the plantar fascia, from the heel to the base of the toes. Use slow, controlled movements and focus on any tender or tight spots.
  4. Spend extra time on areas that feel particularly sore or tight. You can apply slightly more pressure, but avoid causing excessive pain.
  5. Continue rolling the ball for about 5 to 10 minutes, paying attention to the entire plantar fascia.
  6. You can also incorporate stretching exercises which I have an article here. While using the massage roller ball you can stretch your calf muscles by placing the ball under your foot and gently rolling it back and forth while flexing and extending your toes.
  7. Some professionals recomend ice but I do not. Ice can bring down swelling if you just recently had a accident / incident but wont promote healing. You can test that one yourself if you have doubts. Unfortunately over the years i’ve seen way too many people not getting better quick enough by using just ice and sometimes making it worse.
  8. Repeat this process at least once a day or as recommended by your healthcare provider. If you have control over when you can use roller I would recomend before bed. This allows the foot to heal over night after tissue manipulation. This should tend to alleviate that morning stiffness to a certain degree.

Remember to listen to your body and adjust the pressure and duration of the massage ball according to your comfort level. If you experience any increased pain or discomfort, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for further evaluation and guidance.

In conclusion, incorporating a massage roller ball into your treatment plan for plantar fasciitis can be beneficial in managing symptoms and promoting a quicker recovery. By increasing blood circulation, increasing tissue temperature, breaking down adhesions, and improving flexibility, the massage roller ball can provide targeted relief to the affected area. Remember to use proper technique, apply appropriate pressure, and seek professional advice if needed. With consistent use and proper care, you can greatly expedite healing from the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis.

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