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April 19, 2005

Heel Spurs

One client I have has an ongoing battle with a heel spur. Their pain is localized to the inside of the heel and toward the toes. This client's doctor prescribed them an orthotic which they found unhelpful.

Traditionally I use trigger point therapy to address such problems as plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Muscles of the lower leg often turn to tendons at their lower terminus and hook into the foot. Because of this, it's important to work not only directly in the foot, but also work in the muscles and tendons of the ankle and lower leg.

Myofascial therapy employs gentle stretching of connective tissue in the muscles. Ideally this technique will put a little slack in the plantar fascia of the foot and help ease the pulling at the attachment in the heel. There will likely be soreness the next day and possibly the day after, but hopefully there will be some relief to this client's nagging problem.

Posted by linda at April 19, 2005 1:05 PM

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