How long have you suffered with Plantar Fasciitis? Has it been months or even years? Some people are given a big boot, or air boot, to wear each time it acts up. Some people are given injections in the heel and /or orthotics in their shoes, while others are given strength training exercises to improve the pain. Maybe you have tried one or all of them just hoping that something would work, then you wake up the next day and its back. It can feel hopeless and leaves you feeling helpless to boot, no pun intended. Millions of people are suffering along with you each day. Sadly these treatments just don’t work. They are all symptom based and causal based.
It ‘s crazy that something so simple to solve has stumped so many people that should know better. The biggest mistake is thinking that the problem is with your heel or the arch of your foot. It is not a foot problem at all. Sure the arch is tight and can hurt when walking barefoot, but that is just the symptom and not the cause. The name Plantar Fasciitis is named after the arch muscle, the Plantar Fascia. How ironic! The cause is actually in the upper calf area. You have 4 calf muscles in each leg that controls your foot laterally and vertically. When the inside or outside calf muscle is tight, you will walk on the inside or outside of your foot, respectively. When the 2 middle calf muscles are tight, it will shorten your stride and that is what is causing your Plantar Fasciitis.
Some of the typical treatments are:
1- Achilles tendon stretches disguised as calf stretches. Leaning against the wall and standing on a slant board or the curb only stretches the Achiiles tendon.
2- Orthotics and shoe inserts- placing these in your shoes will cause the arch muscle to atrophy and prevent you from ever walking barefoot on any surface. Long term can cause knee issues.
3- Injections and ice- these only mask the pain because they are treating the symptom and not the pain
Some people have been offered surgeries and pain killers which rarely solve the problem.
Let’s be clear, we all should be able to walk on hard surfaces barefoot as that is what our bodies were intended to do. I do it all the time with no problems. As you can see, no of this touches the real cause of your pain.
To get rid of your plantar fasciitis in 10 days,:
1-get a yoga strap, rope, or belt, as long as it is not elastic to stretch your calves. Elastic bands are designed for strength training and that is the opposite of what we want to do.
2-Sit on the floor with your back against the wall and one leg straight out in front of you. Place the rope around the ball of your foot holding both ends together in your hands. Only use your hands to pull your toes back toward you. Do not use your leg muscles at all.
3-Make sure your back is at least 90 degrees to your legs and gently pull the toes back toward. Hold it for 3-5 seconds and repeat the stretch 8-10 times. You should feel it behind your knee. Next rotate your foot inward and repeat the stretch. You should feel it on the outside of the calf. Finally rotate your foot to the outside and repeat the stretch. You should feel it on the inside of the calf.
Always do both calves in the morning when you awake and in the evening before you go to bed. This may seem like a lot of stretching, but if you stretch correctly, it is a time to relax your mind and create a little meditative state 5 minutes at a time. If you want to see a video on stopping Plantar Fasciitis, got to my YouTube page, http://www.Youtube.com/themusclerepairshop.com .
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