Plantar Fasciitis

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Please keep in mind that before treating any condition, including Plantar Fasciitis, as TMS or PPD, it is vitally important to consult with your physician in order to rule out any serious medical conditions. To learn more about TMS and PPD, and to help you figure out if you have it, visit our An Introduction to TMS page and watch the video there. Some more guidance in figuring out if this approach is right for you can be found in the video at the top of our So You Think You Might Have TMS page.

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Plantar Fasciitis and TMS Success Stories

  • Romain Thibaux's story. This is great account both of RSI and plantar fascitis recovery. He goes into plenty of detail about the physical treatment he tried before reading "The Mindbody Prescription". He says,
    I went there, and when I described my symptoms the guy instantly knew what it was because he had had it before: I had plantar fascitis, which affects the underside of the foot, but can reach up the tendon and up to the calf. How many miles do you run per day? I don't run, really. That's strange, it usually affects runners, but maybe you walk too much with your heavy backpack. He gave me some special inserts, and they immediately seemed to help. It was not perfect, but it was better so perhaps I had finally found what I had. [snip]
    I went to see a foot doctor, Jennifer Saam, who diagnosed tendonitis, prescribed some medication and gave me a splint to wear at night. I asked her about my observation that the pain seemed to move around, but she didn't know what to make of it. "I swear, doctor, it feels like there's a constant amount of pain that needs to be there, no matter where it is." 'I said it as a joke, but in fact that was perfectly correct. After examining me she told me that I was bow-legged, which I knew, and that this was the cause of my problems. In fact someone like me should probably avoid running altogether. On Aug 20th, 2006, I made the discovery that would change my life. Pretty much by accident I stumbled upon a story just like this one on the web. I recognized myself more and more as I kept reading, followed the trail and found other websites with stories, advice and discussion. I knew it had to be right, it explained too much to be wrong, yet the hardest part for me was to accept that stress, which I viewed as just a mild annoyance, could be so powerful as to fuel so much pain. And how could it be directional, and affect only the body part(s) I was focusing on? I still don't know, but it's the only explanation and it is much less extravagant than all my previous hypotheses. I would say I was about 50% cured within a day, and 90% within a couple weeks. Several months after that, I oscillated between 95% and 100%. The mild relapses come at stressful times, such as exams or arguments, and now that I know what to look for the association is quite clear."
  • In this discussion thread about plantar fasciitis several people mention recovery from the condition using a TMS approach.

Plantar Fasciitis referenced in TMS Books

Although they are often vague about cause, doctors may ascribe this pain to inflammation. The area is usually very tender to palpation and seems quite clearly to be a manifestation of TMS.

There is a veritable epidemic of foot pain in our society. All of a sudden, everyone has foot problems...There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming majority of foot pain attributed to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, neuromas, or other physical causes is TMS.

Those suffering from this problem typically feel pain when they walk on the affected foot or when certain parts of the heel or bottom of the foot are touched or pressed. Most patients with plantar fasciitis explain their pain as "feeling like a knife sticking into my heel," or into the bottom of the foot..."

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