Archive for April, 2011

The Importance of the Achilles Tendon

If you do some research on the plantar fascia, you’ll find a lot of diagrams like the one below:

Plantar fascia and Achilles tendon

It shows the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon as being separate structures, which they technically are. But they are not quite as separate as most people assume. Especially in younger people, the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon are actually connected by tendonous fibers. (Although fascia are not officially classified as tendons, they are composed of tendon-like collagen fibers, and are very similar in structure.)

What this means is that any rehabilitation effort for plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciosis should include work for the Achilles tendon as well. If your doctor or therapist isn’t paying any attention to your Achilles tendon and you’re not getting better, this might be the reason.

Target Plantar Fasciitis has a full range of exercises for the plantar fascia, Achilles tendon and the posterior tibial tendon. If you’ve been experiencing tendon or fascia problems for more than about two weeks, chances are that your doctor or therapist hasn’t diagnosed the real nature of your condition. For only $29.97 (less than one visit to a doctor) you can try the techniques in the ebook and full-demonstration video for 60 days risk-free. If you don’t think the therapies given are the most effective and cutting-edge that you’ve ever tried, I’ll refund 100% of your money with no questions asked.

Plantar Fasciosis Testimonial

I received a new testimonial from a woman in Texas a few days back. Her name is Alysia and she is the mother of four children and an avid runner. She developed plantar fascia pain after running a 5k last year, and despite getting fitted for orthotics, etc. was not able to cure her pain over the course of several months. Her doctor diagnosed it as “plantar fasciitis”, but since she had had the pain for such a long time I was confident that it was actually plantar fasciosis. She didn’t want to go the surgical route (next on the list of recommendations from her doctor) so she finally ordered my book. Here is her initial email (received on February 9th):

I am 32 years old and I first started to feel the pain in my feet in May of 2010 after running a 5K. I bought new shoes thinking I had just overused my old ones, but that didn’t help. It wasn’t until July or August that I was explaining my frustration to a friend and she told me I had plantar fasciitis (she had had it too). So I started to stretch my feet more often and iced them and took ibuprofen, I also started to tape them up before exercising. I stopped wearing dress shoes and pretty much wore my running shoes all the time, I even went to the Walmart and stood on the Dr. Scholls machine and got the recommended shoe inserts. All of these things helped for the moment but the pain never completely went away. All this time I had been exercising off and on depending on how my feet felt, but I always regretted it afterward. I finally went to a podiatrist in November and he recommended an NSAID and stretching and if those didn’t work then the next step was cortisone shots. I tried what he said with no lasting results, so in December I went to a different podiatrist and he gave me a cortisone shot in both feet and some over the counter shoe inserts that he adjusted to fit my feet. I felt great for about two weeks and then the pain came back with a vengeance in my left foot and I started to feel some tightness in my calf as well. My right foot felt pretty good, but some of the pain did come back. So, in January I got another cortisone shot in my left foot, the doctor told me it should last longer this time (like 2 months) but, alas, the pain came back after two weeks just like before. My podiatrist told me that the next step is the release procedure and although the relief of pain sounds great, I would REALLY like to avoid surgery, it just doesn’t feel right (in my gut).

Fast forward to the first week of April, and Alysia had this to say:

Hi, I thought I would just give you a quick update. My right foot is feeling great, I think that all the exercises have worked well for that foot. My left foot feels better, but is still painful usually at the end of the day if I have been on my feet a lot. I am going to continue the exercises and supplements, but I also made an appointment with my podiatrist to discuss my options for this blasted left foot. I wonder if it is so damaged that it can’t heal properly…I don’t know.

So, I just wanted to thank you for helping me out… I will forever recommend your book to anyone I come across with plantar fasciitis. Thanks!!! Alysia

Congratulations to Alysia for taking matters into her own hands and being willing to try a different solution (one that her doctor wasn’t aware of, but that is fully backed by science). If you have plantar fascia pain that you can’t get rid of, why not try the techniques outlined in my book? It has a 100% money-back guarantee and there is a companion video that goes along with it to show you exactly what to do to start curing your plantar fascia pain immediately.

Nutrition for tendon and fascia pain

I recently received a question from someone who purchased Target Tendonitis. He asked about the advisability of fasting if you have tendonosis.

Although fasting can have some beneficial effects, I do not advise anyone who is suffering from tendon or fascia problems to do it. The reason is simple: your body needs nutrients to heal itself, and if you’re fasting you’re not providing it with the basic “stuff” that’s necessary to do the job. I recommend some nutritional supplements in the book, but these recommendations are based on the assumption that your basic nutritional needs are already being met. If they aren’t, the supplements aren’t going to do you much good by themselves. A diet that is lacking in vitamins, minerals or protein (to say nothing of all three at once!) is going to pose serious, serious problems when it comes to healing your tendons.

Assuming that your basic diet is okay, one thing you can do to help heal yourself if you have tendonosis or fasciosis is get a good kelp supplement and take it regularly. Kelp contains iodine, which is helpful for the formation of collagen, the basic building block of tendons and fasciae. My favorite out of the products listed on Amazon is Icelandic kelp, which is harvested during the cold months and washed in high-mineral fresh water, which adds further minerals to the already good mix that kelp naturally contains.

Author: Alex Nordach

Do you really have plantar fasciitis?

Here’s the text of a recent article that I published. If you’re unsure whether you might really have plantar fasciitis or not, have a quick read:

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common problems that affect runners, jumpers and anyone who is on his or her feet all day. Bureau of Labor statistics say that tens of thousands of people suffer from plantar fasciitis and similar Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSIs) every year.

Any kind of “itis” (like plantar fasciitis) actually has a medically precise meaning, which is “inflammation”. Here are some quick and easy tests you can run to see whether you have plantar fasciitis, or if it’s really a different condition like plantar fasciosis (the “osis” here indicates degeneration of the fascia).

1. Did your pain stem from some injury or trauma? Or did it develop slowly over time? For example, if you jumped down from something that was a little too high and then felt a sudden pain in the bottom of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. But if you’re a runner and started noticing a slight pain that has gradually gotten worse or worse, then probably you’re suffering from plantar fasciosis, not plantar fasciitis.

2. Have you “fixed” your pain once (or twice…or three times), only to have it rear its ugly head again in a few weeks or months? Inflammation is generally a short-term response to some sort of injury or infection in the body. If you get sick or hurt yourself for some reason, inflammation can help your body heal itself. But once that job is finished, the inflammation should go away. (Remember the last time you got a splinter in your finger? Once you got it out, it didn’t take long for the pain to fade away, did it?)

If you have taken ibuprofin or other pain relief medication, given the problem area a rest, thought that it was healed…only to have the pain reoccur once you started back with your activity, chances are that you do not have plantar fasciitis.

3. Has the pain been there consistently for more than just a few weeks? Similar to the above point, if you suffer from long-term pain in one or the other of your plantar fascia, and especially if you have not injured or gotten an infection there, chances are pretty good that you do have plantar fasciosis rather than plantar fasciitis.

4. Is there any swelling in the area? Is it red? Hot to the touch? These are three out of the four stereotypical symptoms of inflammation, and people have known about them since at least the time of ancient Greece. If the painful area isn’t hot, or red, or swollen, it’s almost impossible that it could be inflamed. Once again, this means you don’t have plantar fasciitis. Instead, the odds are overwhelmingly that it’s plantar fasciosis, which is going to require a completely different approach to make it heal.

Of course, quite a few legitimate cases of plantar fasciitis do exist, but people (and this includes most doctors) have a tendency to confuse plantar fasciitis with plantar fasciosis. Take a few moments to think about the points raised in this article, then decide for yourself which one you have.

If you want a quick, easy and inexpensive solution to plantar fascia pain, just click on the link. The product there is fully guaranteed to give dramatic and lasting pain relief within a month or 100% of your money will be refunded with no questions asked.