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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!


Egoscue helped a tennis professional stay on the court!

May 31, 2011

Shelly came to us a few years ago with several different issues. I’ll let her tell you her story!


My name is Shelly Works. I am a 42-year-old tennis player. I had been battling plantar fasciitis and knee pain for over a year and a half before I cam to Rick at the Egoscue clinic in Austin, TX. I teach tennis for a living and compete at the state and national level. The pain was severely impacting my quality of life and my active lifestyle.

I had been to see several doctors and received the standard shots and treatment. All helped for a brief period, however, the pain always returned, and it was accompanied by another pain somewhere else. I had resorted to taping my feet and knee daily just to get by.

I had previously read and used the exercises in the Pain Free book by Pete Egoscue for a hip problem, and it had taken care of the problem. I did my E-cises daily with great results. All went well until we moved and my routine was disrupted. I went months without being able to resume my routine. By the time I could, I had developed plantar fasciitis in both feet and was dealing with knee and shoulder pain. I knew I had a dysfunction somewhere that was causing these problems, but I realized that I needed some help and direction on where to start. All the shots, taping, and treatment were not addressing the root problem. I had spent over $3,000 on orthotics; none of which helped.

I decided to call Rick at the Egoscue clinic in Austin, TX and see if he could help me get back to a life without pain. I was still teaching, training, and competing the whole time I saw him. The transformation was AMAZING!!!! Within one month, I was able to stop taking 8 ibuprofen a day as well as stop taping my feet! My knee pain subsided, and I was able to walk barefooted again with no pain! I had not been able to jog at all. After my 4th visit, I was able to run 4 miles and live to walk and talk about it the next day! I do my E-cises daily now and feel the best I have felt in 8 years. My speed is back, as well as my strength and flexibility.

I so believe in the Egoscue method that I have paid for family members and friends to go and experience the benefits themselves. I would recommend the Egoscue method to anyone who is suffering from pain. It is possible to live a life pain free without shots, surgery, and orthotic devices, which only alleviate the symptoms and do not address the root problem causing all the pain. I am living proof that it works, and so is Rick. His story is absolutely AMAZING!

I am so grateful to Rick and the Egoscue method for getting me back on the court at the level I was use to. I am able to train and do footwork as I previously had before I developed the problems. In the future, if I happen to develop any more problems, I know where I am going—to Rick at the Egoscue clinic in Austin, TX. Thanks, Rick! You are the BEST!

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