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Old 05-13-2016, 05:22 AM   #1
Joe Bianchi
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Plantar Fasciitis

I started Crossfit in 2009. About a year later I developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot. After about a year of constantly searching and trying different rehabilitative techniques (like ball rolling and taping) as well as not doing box jumps, skipping, etc. it went away and I was able to do all those things again, even running. I want to add that I visited multiple medical practitioners like Chiropractors, physiotherapist, Osteopaths, etc...

I was good for a while, but in January 2014 it came back. I was wearing inov-8 shoes (very minimalist) while running on an indoor oval track. The pain came back worse than the 1st time I had it. Once again I've tried many different therapies including visiting Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, taping, rolling, icing, heat...pretty much everything. I went to see my doctor a few weeks ago and we had an x-ray and ultrasound done. Results came back that I have bilateral plantar fasciitis and a small heel spur.

I'm at a loss now as I don't know what to do or where to turn to. It's been nearly 2.5 years. I'd like to add that its a constant pain, but some days are better than others depending on what I did that day or the day before. i've been wearing orthotics and I think they help some days, while not so much on other days.

In addition, this pain has obviously made me walk somewhat unbalanced and now my knee and hip are starting to feel the strain. If I don't resolve this issue I'm worried everything will get worse.

I think I need to find a specialist but I don't know what to look for. I live in Ontario so if anyone has a suggestion I would be very appreciative.
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Old 05-14-2016, 09:22 AM   #2
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis

I too suffered from plantar fasciitis, until thanks to the Zone I went from 21% body-fat to 10%. That took care of it, and two other things I started doing that I think help are (1) ball-rolling once or twice per week (following the instructions in _Becoming a Supple Leopard_, index, "plantar fasciitis"), and (2) switching to a zero-drop shoe, namely Feelmax. Good luck Joe!
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Old 05-14-2016, 10:03 AM   #3
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis

Loose weight...what a concept! I think your right about that. I'm not "over weight" but...ya...i could lose some.

The shoes are interesting. I'll look into them.
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Old 06-15-2016, 03:49 PM   #4
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis

Joe, this sounds like a classic example of misalignment. I mean that your body is using compensating patterns outside of its design. We can get by for a while doing this, but it eventually manifests in pain or injuries like plantar fasciitis. In your case, something is affecting your gait, causing your heel to strike improperly.

This is why the pain went away when you ceased some activities and then came back--the underlying dysfunction wasn't fixed. This is also why you feel the pain spreading up your leg.

PLEASE contact me--I can help. I'm a CF-L1 and deal with teaching people how to fix these compensating patterns on their own. Also, orthotics are weakening the arch muscles of your feet and will make things worse down the road.
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Old 06-15-2016, 04:09 PM   #5
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis

Joe, this sounds like a classic example of misalignment. I mean that your body is using compensating patterns outside of its design. We can get by for a while doing this, but it eventually manifests in pain or injuries like plantar fasciitis. In your case, something is affecting your gait, causing your heel to strike improperly.

This is why the pain went away when you ceased some activities and then came back--the underlying dysfunction wasn't fixed. This is also why you feel the pain spreading up your leg.

PLEASE contact me--I can help. I'm a CF-L1 and deal with teaching people how to fix these compensating patterns on their own. Also, orthotics are weakening the arch muscles of your feet and will make things worse down the road.
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:53 AM   #6
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis

Stretch your hamstrings using the bent-knee hamstring stretch! I can tell you as I had a similar issue including my achilles until I started mobilizing the upper hamstring. Once that area is loose, your plantar issues should die down once your elasticity is re-established. Tight hamstrings are just as bad as tight hip flexors. Treat them both with care, and you will have a happy body!
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:11 AM   #7
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Let me know how to contact you Michael Hollister.
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Old 06-17-2016, 05:11 AM   #8
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Thanks for the tip Aaron Gainer, I'll get on that stretch.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:21 AM   #9
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