Opposite Problems same issue: Plantar Fasciitis

October 31, 2022

I have treated two very different people with plantar fasciitis. They both do lots of running and are fit and healthy, one runs for fitness and enjoyment, the other is a developing footballer.

They both have plantar fasciitis due to stressing the deep posterior fascia highlighted in the diagram in green.

The footballer the pain is more in the arch and towards the toes and the runner is more towards the ankle and the heel.

Both cases their running style was the cause and I had to get them to adopt each others style to cure their problem!

Opposite Problems same issue: Plantar Fasciitis

The runner was Darren who was in his late 40s and ran about 5km 3 times a week in addition to frequent long walks. Darren had developed heel and ankle pain during and post running. If he stopped running for a few weeks it would repair only to reoccur if he started running again which was frustrating.

The second was Mason who was only 10 and a up and coming footballer of some skill, left footed and very fast. Mason was struggling with his back when crossing the ball into the box and his feet when running. When Mason was doing static drills or practicing his kicks were fine and his feet and back did not hurt only in game situations.

Darren's issue was that his stride length was very short and fast and he landed on his toes. Mason's issue was that his stride length was massive and he leant forward too much resulting in massive speed but not able to control, his posture was like a sprinter just out of the blocks.

I had to work with each of them to do the opposite, in Darren's case increase his stride length by driving more from take off leg and lifting knee more along with leaning forwards slightly to help with momentum. 

In Mason's case it was to be more upright with a shorter stride length and faster leg turn over to maintain his speed. This helped his foot placement when kicking the ball and stopped his feet hurting.

Both Darren and Mason are doing their respective activities pain free and not aggravating other parts of their body to compensate. They went through a treatment process with me and a progressing well. 

What Next?

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About the author

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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