Plantar Fasciitis Research Results

November 1, 2022

A review of progress with Plantar Fasciitis research from the last 4 Months of intense treatment with 59 successful treatments and counting

Key Findings and Success:

Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic heel pain in people both young and active and older less active individuals and everyone in between. The most common thoughts on why it occurs are linked to repetitive strain on the heel and tightness of the calf muscle particularly the gastrocnemius muscle. In addition my research is indicating a tightness of the achilles tendon and higher percentage of toe to mid foot strikers when walking.

I have lots of people refer themselves for treatment from self diagnosis of plantar fasciitis from internet research. The majority of people I work with have had plantar fasciitis for some time and have tried various interventions such as insoles, bands, physio, and steroid injections to name a few with varied degrees of success.

The research is confirming that my 5 step treatment process is very successful with treating plantar fasciitis with 59 successful treatments over the last few months.

Step 1 Consultation (Face to Face)

Diagnosis is made with Step 1 of my process which is a detailed face to face consultation and physical examination and assessment. This is intense and we go through relevant medical history and contributing factors that are linked to your plantar fasciitis. They link to a 24 hour cycle when you are at work and when you are not allowing for comparison.

Key things that the consultation highlights:

Initial movement is problematic not just first thing in the morning but also after sitting or been inactive for some time. I am testing with clients different approaches to overcome this mobility issue and have developed a pre stand routine to use in early stages of treatment

Physical assessment is essential in finding out all of the contributing issues to the plantar fasciitis. Clients are finding that in develops in one foot then the other over time due to compensation.

Knees and ankles play a significant role in finding the route cause and then been able to treat the whole issue accordingly.

Walking and standing are key aggravators of plantar fasciitis. I assess your walking and standing and research has shown that in all cases people need to make changes to how they walk. This can be due to compensation due to pain or a long term gait style. I say to all ,we never learnt to walk we just learnt how not to fall over! The pain tends to be a specific area of the foot in one of the three Plantar Fascia bands highlighted and can also highlight the movement that damaged the fascia in the first place.

Fascia is strong tissue that is dense and supportive and rather like tendons or ligaments so is very strong and is not meant to lengthen or shorten as it provides structural support to the foot and relevant joints. As the foot is under a high load and generates lots of force to move use the plantar fascia is particularly dense and strong and only a small amount of damage presents lots of pain. 

The foot has to do several functions at once hence the complexity and layers of muscle fibres. The foot acts a shock absorber when walking or running. Stability and balance in normal and sporting movements, along with power for movement. So finding the route cause and the contributing factors to the individual plantar fasciitis is an essential personalised step and a very important starting point to my treatment plan with individuals.

Call Stephen at InterX Pain Clinic to find out more with a conversation

 01789 228123

Step 2 and 3 Medical device treatment

I use a InterX medical device to treat the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis. This has two effects it stimulates the brain to release pain and anti-inflammatory endorphins via the nerve system. Secondly it energises the cells locally to stimulate growth and repair of the fascia.

I also use red light therapy to stimulate the cells to repair and work aerobically to reduce pain and inflammation and accelerate healing.

The protocols developed for this are having an amazing effect and are essential in the rapid recovery from plantar fasciitis 

Step 4 Homework Movements

A Key find of my research is that daily specific movements are essential!

Walking and gait exercise specific to your plantar Fasciitis help not only with mobility and movement and reduce pain they also help the foot not damage itself as much, so a positive feedback loop for faster recovery.

I use a six minute walk test to focus people daily to look at their walking and improve gait patterns, have movements for the evening after work and have a pre stand routine. 

Step 5 Review

I review everyone every time I see them to adjust their treatment and homework movements based on progress. Lots of small changes have a massive impact!

Plantar Fasciitis can impact on anyone at any age, I have successfully treated young sports people and older retired people with different levels of mobility and everyone in between. 

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment is Available at InterX Pain Clinic Stratford Upon Avon

If you would like to know more about how I treat plantar fasciitis please call Stephen on 01789 228123 for a conversation or use the messenger icon. Alternatively join the plantar fasciitis masterclass group which can be accessed HERE.

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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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