I HAVE DEVELOPED MY OWN THEORY AND TREATMENT FOR PLANTAR FASCIITIS BASED ON THE TEACHINGS OF OSTEOPATH SIMEON NEIL-ASCHER. THE CONDITION IS POORLY UNDERSTOOD AND I BELIEVE THAT IT IS NOT SIMPLY CAUSED BY INFLAMMATION OF THE SOLE OF THE FOOT BUT THAT THE MUSCLES OF THE FOOT ARE CENTRAL TO THE CONDITION.
I have developed, having been treated for it by, and discussed it along with, Mr Neil-Ascher, a treatment protocol for this condition, which involves the use of acupuncture needles into two or three specific muscles of the foot, and stretching of these muscles and the calf muscles. I do not recommend some of the stretches and other treatments offered by physiotherapists and doctors. My success rate in treating this condition is very high.
My protocol involves between 4 and 8 treatments of medical acupuncture and mobilisation of the affected foot/feet and calf/calves. These treatment sessions can be either 40 minutes (cost of £45) OR 20 minutes (cost of £22.50).
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A doctor or physiotherapist will suggest rest, good footwear, heel pads, painkillers and exercises. A steroid injection or surgery are used in more severe cases. I will discuss all of these approaches and whether they are suitable in your case, with you when we first meet.
Doctors can usually diagnose plantar fasciitis just by talking to you and examining your feet. Rarely, tests are needed if the diagnosis is uncertain or to rule out other possible causes of heel pain. These can include X-rays of the heel or an ultrasound scan of the fascia. An ultrasound scan usually shows thickening and swelling of the fascia in plantar fasciitis.
General understanding of plantar fasciitis
The standard description of plantar fasiitis is that it is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel (calcaneum) to your middle foot bones. The function of the plantar fascia is to support the arch of your foot and act as a shock absorber in your foot.
Repeated small injuries to the fascia (with or without inflammation) are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. Whereas this is correct, it is my opinion that the muscles of the foot are also involved and if not treated, will slow down or prevent the condition from resolving.
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