Loading on the foot and Plantar Fasciitis

October 1, 2023

I have talked previously about Plantar Fasciitis and the load on feet and how different muscles of the foot support different actions. The fascia is a supportive structure essentially a band from the heel to the ball of the foot. This is supported by 4 layers of muscles, tendons and ligaments to allow for balance movements when stationary and dynamic explosive movements when playing sport. This structure forms the basis of a triangle with the top the ankle.

This is important, because when I talk about triangles everyone’s mental image is of a equal triangle, and the foot is not. The ankle to the heel is a short side. The load from the body goes down the leg to the top of the triangle at the ankle. The force is distributed approximately 90% from the ankle to the heel when standing and only 10% to the ball of foot. This obviously alters when we walk and force is transferred to the ball of foot. This is why people with Plantar Fasciitis struggle with standing from sitting particularly first thing in the morning waking up and getting out of bed.

The Video Below shows a pre stand routine you can use first thing in the morning or when you have been sat for some time. This is important as to limit the initial stress on the fascia.

By doing this pre stand routine it will off load your foot and reduce the damage to the fascia particularly in the morning when the fascia was partially repaired while you were asleep.

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Stephen Grinnell MSc Health and Rehabilitation
Pain and Physical Rehabilitation Specialist
Stephen has had his own Pain and Rehabilitation Clinic for over 11 years where he has treated well over 2500 people with lots of different pain and injury issues. Stephen’s personal physical rehabilitation journey started with a serious injury while on active service with the Royal Marines 25 years ago. This injury resulted in a long journey of complementary rehabilitation and two replacement hips. Stephen has developed his own bespoke treatment protocols using a variety of medical devices to help pain and inflammation resulting in accelerated recovery. Expert areas of focus are Plantar Fasciitis Treatment, Back pain issues particularly Lower Back and Sciatica and hip and knee replacement rehabilitation. Stephen previously had a successful academic career lecturing at a variety of Colleges and Universities in the Sports Science, Rehabilitation and Training areas. Stephen has also worked in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Physiotherapy department during the Covid 19 Pandemic helping the recovery of COVID patients. In 2022 Stephen has been extensively researching and trialling protocols to treat plantar fasciitis. His Expertise has resulted in the successful treatment of 103 people and counting with a current success rate of 93%

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