Who knew the fascia and long plantar fascia ligament would be the culprit of such stabbing heel and arch pain. The causes are many: improper shoes such as high heel shoes, shoes with no support, pronation (foot rolling in), overweight, hypermobility (laxity) of the ankle joint, or simply overuse.
After working out just once with old runners, I experienced excruciating pain in my heel and inflammation in my big toe. Improper biomechanics, poorly fitting shoes – even after one use –caused pain that persisted for several weeks. This is because that one foray with improper shoe caused me to bruise the bone. Just think, had I continued to use those runners, how my symptoms would have worsened.
According to Family Physician Journal in 2011 plantar fasciitis affects over one million people a year. Two Thirds of these people will seek help from their family physician. The expected length of therapy or being in pain is over 6 months. The usual treatment approaches are ice, rest, ligament stretching and orthotics. Some people suffer for years while many others have only partial relief of pain and are afraid to return to activity.
SFT (Stretching Fascia Therapy) has a proven track record of resolving plantar fasciitis within only a few treatments.