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Monday, June 30, 2014

Plantar Fasciitis: Essentially a Flexibility Issue

Dear Dr. Blake,  I just wanted to tell you that, after a week of doing the stretches you recommended, the plantar fascitis is essentially gone!  Thank you so much!  E

Dr Blake's comment: This email I just received shows that the basic treatment for plantar fasciitis is flexibility. Mechanical support and anti-inflammatory measures can be important also, but flexibility is crucial for most. 
The 4 approaches patients use to gain flexibility are:
  1. Rolling ice massage with a frozen sport bottle, or with other arch massage techniques, for 5 minutes 3 times per day.
  2. A posterior rest or sleeping splint to give a prolonged gentle stretch for an hour minimum.
  3. The achilles and plantar fascial stretches seen in my videos in this blog done 30 seconds each 3-5 times per day.
  4. Physical therapy with some form of deep tissue work (like ART or Graston). 

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