Happy new year, everyone. I thought I'd start the year off with some information about my "Target" products. There are a few questions I get on a regular basis, so I'll try to answer them below.
Q: What is contained in the free mini-course that you give away on the right side of your blog?
A: The mini-course is basically a quick education on plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis, and why you should treat them differently. It has some tips on nutrition and treatment, and clears up a lot of the confusion that people have about the two conditions. (The information is also relevant to tendonitis/tendonosis.) If you sign up for it, you'll get an email every day or two for a couple of weeks, giving you various aspects of the issue. And yes, I'm selling something here, so you'll also get some information about my ebook+video package. But it's a pretty soft sell, and you certainly aren't obligated to buy anything.
Q: I heard that your ebooks have sold in something like thirty countries. Is that really true?
A: Actually, they have sold in more than forty countries worldwide. If you're interested, here's a list for just the past month:
The UK, the USA, Cyprus, Switzerland, Australia, Portugal, France, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, Hong Kong, Turkey and Ireland.
Q: I was looking for Target Plantar Fasciitis on Kindle. I thought I saw it listed, but now I can't find it.
A: I used to have both the Target Books (Target Plantar Fasciitis and Posterior Tibial Tendonitis, and Target Tendonitis) on Kindle, but I took them down. One reason, frankly, was that I was tired of paying Amazon two-thirds of the cover price, but the more important issue was that there wasn't any way of getting the videos bundled with the book on the Kindle platform, and without those a lot of people seemed to have a hard time understanding how to perform the exercises I recommend.
Q: I don't really like ebooks. Can I order a hard- or soft-cover version of TPF?
A: Sorry, but I don't offer anything other than the PDF version. The reason is the same as the answer to the last question: no way to include the video without adding a lot to the cost. Plus, 99% of the people who buy my books are in fairly severe pain and want to get rid of it as fast as possible. They don't want to wait 2-3 days (or longer in the case of international sales) for a regular paper book to be shipped.
Q: Do you offer your ebooks in languages other than English?
A: I'm working on it. The Japanese version of Target Tendonitis has been completed and is now on sale. Target Plantar Fasciitis has yet to be translated into another language, but if there is a demand for it, please let me know via the contact form on this website.
Q: Why doesn't stretching work to get rid of my plantar fascia pain?
A: Stretching is great for preventing pain, but not really effective for getting rid of a problem once you've got it. If you have either fasciitis (inflammation of the fascia) or fasciosis (degeneration of the fascia tissue), stretching won't help much. And in the case of fasciosis, too much stretching may actually cause further damage if the connective tissue has been weakened beyond a certain point.
Q: Is there a quick way to tell which condition I have, plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciosis?
A: Yes. The quickest and easiest way is to just take the test that I've put together here. It's free and only takes about a minute to complete.
Hope this helps. If you have a question that you'd like to have answered, either leave a comment below or use the contact page to get in touch.