Do you wake up in the morning, get out of bed, and the first step feels like you are stepping on broken glass? You may have Palntar Fasciitis.Ouch! It is very painful and if left untrteated, it will get worse. Traditional treatments include wearing sole cushions in your shoes, wearing a thicker sole shoe, or doctors may prescibe orthotics. If that doesn’t stop it, your doctor may prescribe injections in your heel or worse yet surgery. Yes, I have heard clients say their doctor thought that cutting their achilles tendon would solve their pain and the doctor would correct, however the patient will have a different problem. One client had both of his arch muscles cut which left him unable to walk barefoot. Many Pediatrist have stated that they tell their patients to never walk barefoot, especailly on hard surfaces. Therapists will tend to use braces to help with the pain. All of these people are really trying to help you stop the pain, so don’t believe they are terrible people. The problem here is they all believe the problem is in your foot because the pain is in your heel. It makes sense! Unfortunately, muscles differ from bones as rarely is the site of pain the cause ot pain. Most people suffer for months to years with foot pain and that is unfortunate!
I typically can help people stop their pain within a 5-30 day range without braces, injections, or surgery. All you need is an 8′ yoga strap and a little time for yourself. Let me explain why the cause is not in yoru foot. The foot is controlled by the 4 calf muscles and 3 shin muscles. These muscles control the lateral and the vertical movement of your foot. If you supinate or pronate, there is nothing wrong with your foot and no shoe or insert will help you except in the short term. Over the long term, damge will increase. Think of your car being out of alignment. Initially the car pulls a little to one side ot the other, however, if you do not get it re-aligned, the tires will wear out. The same is true for your body. 99% of people have never stretched their calves. If you thiink you are stretching the calves by leaning against a wall or standing on a slant board, stair, or curb, then you have only stretched the Achilles tendon on the back of your heel. Your calf muscles run up your leg and attach above your knee and that is the part that will need to be stretched. The arch of your foot, called the plantar fascia, is usually hard as well. To better understand how the arch should feel, press on the palm of your hand. Feel how soft it is and whne you press on both sides of your hand at the same time, feel how thin it is. Your feet should feel the similar. Your feet should feel soft and pain free when you press on them. How do they feel? In my next post I will explain how to stretch the calves and soften the feet so you can walk on the beach or floor pain free in days and not months or years. What would that feel like for you?