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How to Fix Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Posted on November 4, 2020 Michael Hughes

As trainers and coaches, we’ve been taught to stay in our lane when it comes to fixing people’s “medical” problems. Things like sports-related injuries, post-surgery recovery, incontinence, pelvic prolapse, plantar fasciitis and more.

Those types of things only doctors can fix and treat with addictive medicines or unnecessary surgeries.

But here’s a thought to challenge that notion. All of those problems can be classified as muscular skeletal dysfunctions (MSDs). So, if you’re a trainer who specializes in understanding how the musculoskeletal system functions and how biomechanics work, then shouldn’t you be treating those types of dysfunctions? Doesn’t that make YOU the expert?

This is the exact same question that I asked myself. It’s the question that has allowed me to gain the knowledge I needed to be able to help people with MSDs like Plantar Fasciitis. People like Amy who had reached her limit with her Plantar Fasciitis, but didn’t want to have to keep getting cortisone shots and later on surgery. So she came to me in a last ditch effort to try to get some relief and that’s exactly what I gave her. 

In one session, I was able to help Amy decrease her pain by 80%. Like magic. I was able to do this because I have a very deep understanding of how the body works in terms of movement. I understand that it’s bad movement that got her into pain and that good movement was probably going to help her get out of pain. 

So I took her through my typical diagnostic process and ultimately figured out that it was her thoracic spine that was so locked up that it was causing her plantar fascia to overcompensate. 

Now you’re probably thinking to yourself “WTF, how does her thoracic spine affect her foot like that?”. Very valid question. 

I answer that very question in the video below, so check it out to get a more detailed look at the process I went through to come to that conclusion. It’s the same process you can use on your clients to figure out what is causing their Plantar Fasciitis pain. 


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