If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, please read on before you put yourself at risk for a plantar fascia tear!
We’ll talk about simple treatment and mitigation strategies to add to your plantar fasciitis massage arsenal.
First, let’s review some anatomy and think about the modern perspective of lower leg anatomy.
The plantar fascia of the foot is most often described as spanning from your heel bone to your toes but guess what? The plantar fascia spans even higher than the heel bone. In his book Anatomy Trains, Tom Myers discusses and shows the connection of the plantar fascia to the Achilles tendon. From a modern connective tissue / myofascial viewpoint, the two structures aren’t separate and their fasciae are continuously linked to the fasciae of the calves (soleus and gastrocnemii), hamstrings, muscles across the back, erector spinae, and the cranial fascia. Yes, the cranial fasciae that wrap the base of the head, the back, top, and front of the head! (Myers, Thomas, Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, Elsevier Ltd, pg 77- 79, 2015). So think about it. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, do you also suffer from headaches? Neck pain? Mid or low back pain? Tight hamstrings and calves? Knee pain? Maybe sometimes flexing your toes is annoying?
Now to get to the bottom of plantar fascia pain, let’s talk more about the bottom of the foot
The plantar fascia is thick and tendinous, therefore not rich in blood vessels. We know that blood flow is key to healing.Increasing blood dynamics helps initiate a regenerative tissue healing cascade. During the design of The Fascianation Method, we considered the plantar fascia to be sectioned into 3 different parts: the medial plantar fascia (middle arch), the lateral plantar fascia (outer arch), and the plantar aponeurosis, which is the thicker tissue in between the medial and lateral plantar fascia. When massaging the bottom of the feet, roll in three sections, slow and deliberate using the Fascianator roller. You’ll open energy flow, increase blood and lymphatic circulation in your feet to help nourish your feet and flush waste and toxin buildup out of your extremities. When rolling your feet, listen and feel for crackly sensations. You will break up crystalline deposits of uric acid, calcium, or inflammatory molecules in your feet. You will hydrate and untangle dry and bundled fascial fibers.
Current plantar fasciitis treatments
I bet you’ve already bought a pair of supportive shoes and have incorporated foot stretches and massage. Hands and knuckles get tired of massaging the tendinous plantar fascia. You may have tried a golf ball, a can of soup, or a foam roller. Don the dreaded plantar fasciitis boot but will immobilization improve blood flow and hydrate your stiff tissue? Expensive orthotics could be helpful but would inserts in your shoe address the root problem of your pain? Is what you put in your shoe going to fix the issues in your tissues or is the constant use of orthotics a crutch that prolongs the soft tissue problems? Is surgical treatment — cutting the thickened and inflamed plantar fascia to “release” the tissue a good option for you if it will mean risking scar tissue formation and prolonged immobility?
Try a new, lost cost approach
Fascianator rolling has been effective for clients of all walks of life who’ve suffered from plantar fasciitis —postal workers, athletes including long-distance runners, weekend warriors, hikers, avid walkers, canoe paddlers, and cute (but poorly functional) shoe wearers. We offer the tools and methods that transcend the obsolete treatment approach. Do you have the mindset and resolve to practice discipline and make Fascianator rolling a daily habit to avoid unnecessary surgery or appointment follow-ups? Sometimes you have to break your running ritual and heel! Stop putting the pedal to the medal and give your body the chance to heal the heel. The choice is yours!
By the way, there are about thirty joints in the foot. Imagine someone inside of your foot with a can of WD-40, spraying around every articulation. What is the net result? Your foot will feel looser. You will feel more balanced. What will make you feel more balanced? Rolling both feet! Plantar fasciitis has probably rocked your world; created more muscular imbalances. Find where the tensional imbalances are and neutralize those imbalances for improved overall function.