Updated: Jun 9
If you are lucky enough to have never encountered plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis), either yourself or with a friend or family member, consider yourself fortunate. Current estimates are that 4-7% of the UK’s general and older population suffer from it making it a common condition for those in the 40-60yr age group (NICE, “Plantar fasciitis: how common is it?” revised March 2020, accessed 4th May 2022, https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/plantar-fasciitis/background-information/prevalence).
To watch a loved one in pain with plantar fasciitis is uncomfortable but that is nothing compared to the pain of experiencing it. It can be hard to know what help is out there and what options are available to help relieve the pain.
My aim in this post is to give you some background on plantar fasciitis, the current guidelines and an alternative solution to the pain.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
According to the NHS website (May 2022) Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition affecting the plantar fascia, in the sole of the foot, usually around the heel and arch of the foot.
Typically, the pain is worse:
· when you start walking after resting or first thing in the morning
· pain reduces with exercise but returns after rest
· moderate exercise can reduce the pain but with long periods of standing or walking the pain
can become worse.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is poorly understood however it is thought that stress and repeated trauma to the plantar fascia can cause micro-tears. Then with repeated movement and trauma these become irritated and inflamed.
According to the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/plantar-fasciitis, accessed 4th May 2022), some of the risk factors are:
· aged 40-60 years old
· if you are overweight or obese
· exercising on hard surfaces, such as running on roads
· spending more time on your feet e.g. started running or spending more time standing
· wearing shoes with poor cushioning or support like worn-out trainers
· tight calf muscles or Achilles tendon
· tight foot muscles
· flat feet
What can I do to help relieve the pain of Plantar Fasciitis?
Usually, plantar fasciitis will resolve on its own, however, for some this can take months to happen and in the meantime, the pain can be debilitating. Treatment options are generally based on managing the symptoms and waiting for it to go.
Below are the suggestions for what can be done to help relieve the pain as recommended by NICE (Plantar fasciitis: Scenario: Management of plantar fasciitis, revised March 2020, accessed May 4th 2022, https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/plantar-fasciitis/management/management/ ):
· consult the NHS website or your GP
· rest, where possible
· wear shoes with arch support and cushioned sole
· avoid walking barefoot
· lose weight
· an icepack (covered with a towel) can provide some relief
· taking paracetamol
· podiatrists and physiotherapists can help
· in extreme cases corticosteroid injections can be given
However, the title of this blog is ‘Rossiter Stretching and Plantar Fasciitis’ and you could have gotten all the information above from many other excellent websites, but you came looking for an alternative solution and, most importantly, you came here to a Pilates instructor and Rossiter Stretching coach.
Rossiter Stretching, in my experience, is an extremely aid in managing the symptoms and offering relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis.
How does Rossiter Stretching help relieve the pain of Plantar Fasciitis?
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Looking at the common risk factors for plantar fasciitis tight calf muscles and Achilles tendon feature along with tight foot muscles and flat feet. It is these risk factors that I work with to give relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis.
In Rossiter Stretching we look for the source or cause of the pain not just at the site of pain, these two things can be very different.
In the image below you can see how both the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon are attached to the calcaneus or heel bone.
This Achilles tendon then leads up to the Gastrocnemius or calf muscle.
In Rossiter Stretching we target the fascia around the calf muscle, working with you to stretch that tight muscle to give an alternative relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis.
Using the Rossiter Stretching system of Weight + Lock + Movement = Results, which for plantar fasciitis means pain relief and ability to walk.
1. Weight or compression is applied onto the specific area of the calf by the coach
2. Lock is you, the client, engaging the fascia, stretching into the feet
3. Movement is again you, the client, taking your foot/ankle in this case through a series of
All of this combines to give deep effective relief from the pain of plantar fasciitis. Results can be long lasting, and many clients have found that only 2 or 3 treatments are enough to allow them to get back to what they were doing before plantar fasciitis stopped them.
This makes Rossiter Stretching a real alternative for managing the symptoms and helping you get back to doing what you love sooner.