Plantar Fasciitis Cured

Have you ever suffered from plantar fasciitis? If you have, you know how painful and persistent it can be and how it can impact your running. Here's one surprising way to find relief for plantar fasciitis.

You guys. I have some big news – my plantar fasciitis is GONE!! I’m sorry if you were expecting something more exciting but man, this is big news for me. {I hope I didn’t just jinx myself.}

Let’s back up a moment.

Remember back in August when I was hanging out in Hawaii? And I was so in love with my surroundings that I may have started running a little too much? That’s when my plantar fasciitis hit me and basically took me out of commission for two months. I went from running comfortably and strong, building up my mileage in preparation to run Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly to no running at all.

It sucked.

run post plantar fasciitis

I resorted to all the known tricks for how to treat plantar fasciitis – rolling my foot on a golf ball, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle, stretching and rolling out my calves, wearing more supportive shoes and wearing slippers/Crocs around the house, and doing exercises to strengthen the muscles in my foot. I ended up seeing a podiatrist who gave me a cortisone shot and made me custom orthotics.

It sort of helped but not really. My foot was still tender when I walked, stood or sat for too long. Basically, it still hurt all the time. I started to accept the fact that I was going to have to live with a certain level of pain.

vino and vinyasa

During my yoga teacher training program, we have been learning a lot about anatomy. We are studying not only muscles and bones but we are looking at the whole body and its fascial and myofascial linkages – the dense, tough tissue that surrounds all of your muscles and bones, in effect connecting them in a big web. Basically, we’re not just looking at what muscle do individually but also how muscles influence (and are influenced) by other muscles and structures to which it is connected to through myofascial linkages.

In other words, I have plantar fasciitis which might also have to do with having tight calves and hamstrings – which are muscles further up the line from my foot/heel but that have a direct impact on the pain I’m experiencing in my foot.

Long story short, I went to see an amazing body worker who is trained in Kinesis Myofascial Integration (KMI), myofasical release, structural integration work and other orthopedic pain management techniques. For about an hour, Lauren worked on releasing the muscles and fascial lines along the back of my leg. It’s deep tissue work and active stretching and not at all a massage.

FYI – foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release but what I’m talking about is so much more than just foam rolling.

The second morning after my treatment, I stepped out of bed with absolutely no pain in my foot. I’m not joking. Usually the pain is the worst in the morning, like a knife stabbing my heel since my foot isn’t warmed up. But that morning and each morning since, the pain isn’t there and it’s not there throughout the day.

While I’m probably totally jinxing myself now, I’m pretty happy to say that my plantar fasciitis is gone.

Have you ever experience plantar fasciitis? Aside from foam rolling, have you ever experience myofascial release techniques?

 

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Comments

  1. says

    I JUST started doing the same thing!!!! MY guy is a neuromuscular massage therapist that does a combo mayo/active release, and something else… anyway…. he cured my foot in 3 sessions. I was convinced I’d broken the bone at the ball of it and now I’m walking (though not on water). ;)
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  2. says

    A “Body worker” is that just a funny name for a massage therapist????

    I’ve been struggling with PF for awhile now, though it’s slowly gotten better as I’ve ignored it more and more. I took a week or two off when I first got it, but found it got worse with rest, so figured ignoring it was the way to go. It sounds like your pain was much more sever than mine. I totally agree, the worst time is the morning! (That’s part of why I figured ignoring it might be fine…because inactivity seems to make it tighten and feel worse???)
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    • says

      I know, it sounds like a fake name right? But it’s different from a massage therapist in that they are using different techniques and working with your fascia to release it which can be pretty intense at times so it’s more of a treatment kind of like ART or Graston. I think of a massage as something that’s more relaxing.

      I was really frustrated with my PF since all the normal/recommended techniques weren’t helping so I wanted to try another approach. Are you rolling out your calves? That seems to be the main culprit for me.
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  3. says

    I am unaware of the tern plantar fasciitis, but I could have possibly had it too during high school. I experienced the same pain as you and did the same exercise techniques. Now for the past 10 years I don’t run. Only yoga and walking!!
    So glad to hear you found something that works well because pain in the foot is the worst.

  4. says

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear you’re pain free and on the mend. I absolutely believe everything is interconnected. When I blew up my IT band several years ago, I learned it was actually my hip causing all the problems. I started working on hip strength and no more knee or IT issues.
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  5. says

    Awesome! Yes, I am a big believer that the site of injury is the end of a whip…it starts somewhere else and manifests at a site. You have to treat the source, not the injury site. I had PF years ago and did everything–orthotics, cortisone shot, etc, etc. And you know what? While wearing the stupid orthotics I developed it in the other foot. So I ditched them and started walking bare foot, concentrating on strengthening my feet. Pain was gone in a week and I have never had the tiniest hint of it since. To me, PF often has to do with week foot muscles, too–as a yogi, though, I would think that wouldn’t apply to you!
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  6. says

    Oh gosh! I am so happy your plantar fasciitis is gone! I dealt with it about 12 -18 months ago and it was the worst thing ever. Mine was associated with tight calves as well, so everyday I was stretching my whole lower body and even now after a tough workout I have to remind myself to stretch and foam roll.
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  7. says

    So happy for you! I had it too, and it really is the worst. I would roll, ice, and massage/stretch it. I actually found a massage therapist who did more active stretching combined with massage and that seemed to relieve some of it. I’m pretty sure it caused a knee injury though…if it ever comes back I’m going to go your route!
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  8. says

    This is amazing!! I’m so happy to hear. I know there are pains that people live with for life, and I always wonder if they have to. Perhaps there’s always another way. Things do get harder to heal as we get older, and as we have kids to sling around!
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  9. says

    Awesome!! Yes, I’ve battle PF for 2 years now but finally (knock on wood) have it under control. I even went so far as to go to PT and undergo graston therapy. OUCH. I keep a golf ball in my purse. I roll my feet, stretch feet and calves AND ham and glutes and I roll, a lot. The rolling of my calves has been the biggest change for me as well. Everything is so connected. You can’t just try to release the foot b/c (like you said) it’s typically related to something else. For me it was most definitely the tight calves. Also been working on strengthening the entire backside from rear to calves ;-)
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  10. says

    I am so happy for you. I have heard amazing things about KMI – and I am not surprised that your PF is one. Running is such a gift. I’m glad you have it back! And yeah, I hear you on those amazing surroundings and running too much. I’m on that beach in my Minuzos every change I get.
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  11. says

    GREAT NEWS! I’m so happy that you are not only pain free but that you essentially healed yourself. A cortisone shot to my foot cured my PF but I get flare-ups every now and then. I’m thinking your post may help out A LOT of people since this is such a common running injury. Run on my friend!
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  12. says

    A year after my hip replacement, I still had pain in the soft tissue around my hip. A PT did a 3 month series of Graston and ART to break down the adhesions and scar tissue and get me back to moving again.
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  13. says

    Yay! I had been having some problems too and was there with you stretching, rolling…waiting. I finally went to an ankle/foot doctor and it is plantar but it’s being caused by other problems in my foot. I’m scheduled for surgery after my next big race and will be out for a long time. BUT at least I know what the problem is because working and working on it with no results is crazy frustrating. I’m keeping this email for future use though. Thanks!
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  1. […] Self-myofascial release offers so many benefits to everyone, not just athletes. I’m a firm believer in incorporating it regularly into my daily schedule. I do some form of self-massage every day for 10-15 minutes minimum. I roll my muscles pre- and post-workout and often again before bed. And I’ve experienced relief from my IT band pain and plantar fasciitis. […]

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