Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a burning, tearing, and painful sensation in the heel. It is treated by orthotics, heel cups and cortisone. But what is the cause? The plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot is a layer of connective tissue that is joined to the achilles tendon and the muscles of the calf. If the calf muscles are tight they can then pull the plantar fascia into an over stretched and strained position. Thus when we put weight on our heels, instead of being flexible, they are tight and painful.
But the calf muscles have to be tight for a reason. I often find they are compensating for weak gluteals or low back muscles. Release of the calf muscles followed by gluteal and low back strengthening is an extremely effective method for resolving plantar fasciitis. Calf stretching devices can be purchased cheaply. I cannot stress enough how important client cooperation is in affecting change.
I am a dancer and began dancing again 6 weeks after giving birth. I wound up with plantar fasciitis and it was extremely painful. My left heel hurt with every step! After just one session with David Weinstock, my foot was 80% better. He gave me exercises to do which really sped up the healing process. David has a gift for finding the root of the problem and resolving it.
Padma Gordon, Movement Instructor