I have worked with many clients who have had extreme pain under their foot. Every step they took left them in pain. Plantar fasciitis is a very painful condition that affects every part of your life if not resolved. It can lead to awkward movement patterns and keep you from doing the things you truly love in life. If you have suffered from plantar fasciitis, then you really know how extreme the pain can be. You’ve probably tried everything from inserts, physical therapy, massage, you name it, but you’re still not getting the results.
The plantar fascia is a fibrous band on the bottom of your foot that connects the heel bone to each of the toes. With plantar fasciitis, the plantar becomes irritated and inflamed. This causes pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
But what if I told you that the problem is not coming from your foot?! Yes, there may be small areas we need to address directly on your foot and ankle. However, most of your issues actually stem from your calf and hamstrings, as well as other large muscles (swaddled in a huge matrix of fascia aka connective tissue) pulling in your body. Everything in the body is surrounded by fascia. It supports your muscles, bones, nerves and organs. It gives your joints shock absorption, keeps your muscles balanced and stable and keeps organs tucked in. While fascia is the stability system of your body, it shortens as we live through life. When the fascia gets short, we put pressure on our nervous and circulatory system. And while the nervous system alerts us with a pain signal, we’ll continue to hobble around to compensate for the pain and create imbalance in our bodies. This compensation pattern may have been happening for years. Connective tissue gives our bodies space, but when it becomes tight as in the case of plantar fasciitis, we begin to get atrophying in the arch of our foot. The use of an arch support to fill the space under the arch can cause more atrophy, more instability and pain.
One very effective, safe and quick technique that addresses plantar fasciitis pain is Rossiter Stretching Technique (RST). RST targets tight connective tissue with a combination of compression and stretch. I anchor the connective tissue with my foot in key areas (in this case, the calf) and guide you through a series of stretches designed to loosen the connective tissue that feeds into the heel and foot pain. The results are long lasting. You’ll walk better with more stability and no pain!