Myofascial Release and Plantar Fasciitis
Very rarely when I first see a client is their pelvis correctly aligned – even in the case of plantar fasciitis which is a condition involving pain on the base of the feet.
Over the past three years I have been doing a lot of work with cricketers – most notably the Queensland Veterans Cricket organisation. A lot of these players are coming to me with tight calves and sore feet. With the advent of modern footwear, we seem to be disassociating from our feet as we spend more time encased in a shoe then we do with our feet standing directly on nature.
I treat all clients in a different way – as we have all experienced varying injuries and trauma and therefore have unique fascial restrictions. However, a common approach is to re-align the pelvis. Following this I assess the fluidity of the upper leg – are the hamstrings, quadriceps, adductors and ITBS experiencing good range of motion?
Then it’s time to work directly on the core issue. Sometimes after working on the upper leg, the plantar fasciitis goes away. To work on the plantar fasciitis – I treat the calves – they are sore on most people.
Finally, I place a pillow under the feet of the client and gently stand on the top of the foot – after about 10 minutes on both feet the client notices a significant change. The plantar fasciitis has developed because soft tissue in the arch of the foot has tightened and shortened. Look at the following picture which demonstrates the various arches. In both the flat arch and high arch there are fascial restrictions – one pulling the arch down the other pulling it up. Following your treatment your arch will feel softer and lighter.
For further information on treating plantar fasciitis please feel free to contact Sheldon Stackpoole at MFR Australia on 0421 636 319.