Archive for February 2016

Plantar Fasciitis

February 1, 2016

Do you or someone you know suffer from plantar fasciitis? If so, then you know how debilitating that kind of pain can be. On the surface of it, what is happening is the muscles and fascia on the bottom of the foot have gotten tight and inflamed and it can REALLY hurt.  The typical medical treatments include trying to stretch the tissue, ice it, use anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the inflammation, and my ‘favorite’ (sarcasm alert), the use of orthotics to restrict the ability of the foot to, well, be a foot.

The problem is that none of those things address WHY the tissue has become tight and inflamed.  In every single case I’ve see of plantar fascitis in our clinic, there is a postural imbalance in the body that is causing one or both feet to dysfunctionally interact with the ground. I’ve never once seen a proper, normal, healthy and functional foot strike in someone with plantar fascitis. Not once.  Until you address why the foot is being put into a dysfunctional position, the problem will persist. Put a bit differently, in almost every case I’ve seen, the foot is not the culprit, it’s the victim. 

To start making this better, we need to get the foot, ankle, knee and hip talking to each other again and we need to restore both strength and mobility to the foot itself. This video will show you 3 simple ecises to start that process. If your feet are hurting, give them a try!