If you’re suffering from annoying and nagging plantar fasciitis, chances are you’ve got pain in the bottom of your foot, you’re unable to walk, and it really has slowed you down.
Chances are, maybe you’ve been recommended, you know, pain killers and injections or surgery.
In this post, I’m going to disclose to you why most treatments don’t work with plantar fasciitis.
Hi. I’m Dr. Scott Gray. I’m the owner of Back in Motion here in Fort Myers, Florida.
Before we deep dive into plantar fasciitis, I want to say that I myself, have had plantar fasciitis that prevented me from, being active, exercising, walking, and it really limited me for quite some time, until I took things into my own hands.
Not Addressing The Root Cause
The number one reason we see when patients come in with plantar fasciitis here at Back in Motion is they’ve tried, surgery, injections, painkillers, and rest, but the truth of the matter is, none of these things work long term because they don’t address the root cause of why plantar fasciitis begins in the first place.
I mean, think about it.
You’ve got pain in the bottom of your foot, so we’re going to just inject it and get rid of the symptom, which is plantar fasciitis, instead of getting to the root cause of it, right?
The same thing goes with taking painkillers. Yeah, we can ingest and stuff our mouths with medicine, but again … that’ll get rid of the pain short term, but it’s really not going to fix plantar fasciitis.
Case in point, you want to get to the root cause of your pain, and that’s what our approach here at Back in Motion consists of, which is the Gray Method™.
Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis
And there’s really three key areas of the human body that can cause plantar fasciitis, and that’s usually at the foot itself, the hips, and even, believe it or not, our posture can affect our foot, and so I’ll talk a little bit more about that.
#1 Flat Feet
In regards to the foot, here’s how our foot causes plantar fasciitis. Whether you’ve got a flat foot or a stiff foot, it can cause plantar fasciitis.
So, in the first case, if I have a foot that is flat what happens is that plantar fasciitis is constantly on stretch and load.
If the muscles in the calf, the back part of the calf, are weak, which helps open up and provide stability to our arch.
If they are weak, then we’re gonna stay in this flat-footed position. So sometimes we need to strengthen those muscles.
Similarly, if my calf is tight, it’s going to make my foot pronate and flatten out as well.
So, from a therapeutic standpoint, you need to work on getting the ankle moving, stretch out the calf, and that’s gonna help take the load and the abnormal stress and strain off of the plantar fasciitis.
The same thing goes when you have a flat foot and you walk, what happens is, when you step through, your foot stays flat instead of reopening, and so that puts more torque and stress and strain on the plantar fascia.
High Arched Feet
Similarly, but different at the same time, you can also get plantar fasciitis from a high-arched foot.
Someone who has a high-arched foot, they lack shock absorption, and the plantar fascia is actually contracted and stiff.
Compared to the people who have a flat foot the plantar fascia in this type of foot is tight, and so they lack shock absorption and you’ll usually hear these types of people, clunking when they’re walking, ’cause they don’t have any absorption.
Vector – vector illustration of flat and normal feet
So what we need to do with that person, to get rid of their plantar fascia is to stretch it out, ’cause it’s contracted, but also get their foot the ability to actually pronate or flatten out.
#2 The Hip
Now, moving up into the hip. So you’re like, “Well, how the heck does a plantar fascia stem from the hip?”, and it does, right?
So, think about it.
If my hip is weak and it causes my knee to cave in, that then made my foot cave in.
So that’s the exact same thing we just talked about, how a flat foot can cause, stretching out of the plantar fascia.
If my hip is weak, then I can also get plantar fascia. So we need to look up the chain as well, especially if conservative treatments or injections aren’t working, right?
Last but not least, our posture affects our plantar fascia.
And you’re probably thinking, “Well, what the heck is this guy talking about?”
So hear me out.
So, if I’m rounded over in my spine, that’s going to then make my hips and my butt stick out, and then as I walk, I’m not going to get the normal mechanics at my foot or my hip.
And so then, how can I expect my plantar fascia in the rest of my muscles and joints to distribute those forces up and throughout the rest of the body?
I can’t, right?
After we’ve checked the foot and the hip and things still aren’t clearing up, chances are we need to work on the thoracic spine.