Mel Collie |Is Plantar Fascia Just a Symptom?
Your feet are hurting , maybe your heel is burning and keeps you awake at night, it could possibly be a plantar fascia issue..
You used to rub a tennis ball over the fascia and that did the trick…for a while, but it always came back.
It may be a simple test, but when I assess you for plantar fascia, I will look at your single leg stance.
What happens when you stand on one leg.
What happens to the foot, does it roll in or out, what happens to your toes..do they scrunch up?
Does the same thing happen on the other foot?
Do the muscles in your toes seek stability, they are probably doing that if they scrunch up, grabbing at the floor with the tips?
What happening to your big toe? Does it lift up, lose contact with the floor?
What is happening further up the chain, in the shin, the calf, the thigh, the glutes..the neck and the head.
Very often the foot pain is a symptom, and rather than place a plaster over it, would you like to know why , find the cause, deal with it and then understand the “why”?
Our bodies are so amazing at compensating, that we don’t even realise it. Quite fascinating.
The patterns it has, the patterns that change, through injury or just bad movement habits picked up over the years, the brain will choose the path of least resistance.
Its my work to unravel the pieces and put back the jigsaw, but without guessing or going by the text book. By testing your bodies compensations and finding out its “why”. Because we are all unique.
Single leg stance testing – its my favourite “go to” test to unravel a puzzle.
You can try it out on yourself, you may find one foot pronates – flattens, you may find the other one supinates, lifts up, the arch increases.
The muscles in the foot start in the lower leg. You may find the outer shin muscles can be quite tender to massage, its a good place to start though, by massaging the tender areas, it will feel like you are pressing on a bruise, for 2 minutes, be gentle though, until you feel the high toned area begin to “give” a little, then increase the pressure a little more.
After 2 minutes, do a glute strength exercise, a standing donkey kick is a good one. Bending the knee, and kicking back to the wall behind, with a flat foot, as though the bottom of the foot is pressing the wall away. 5 reps should do it.
Repeat the whole thing 4 times a day.
However, because this ia a blog post and Ive not assessed your posture, this is a very general “go to” exercise, your glutes may not be the issue, it maybe the neck, the jaw, the lower back..but the glutes are a good place to start, after all, we all sit more than our bodies like us to, and glutes “switch off” when we sit, and other muscles take over and of the job.
We are an amazing piece of kit!
How strong is your core? Is there something else compensating for your abs? Want to nail those core exercises? Fed up with nagging lower back pain?
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