Plantar Fasciitis, A Fireman’s Nightmare!
Ken, a fireman, came to me with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammatory condition that affects the bottom of the foot and the inside of the heel. Walking, especially in the mornings, was excruciating. To Ken, the pain was so debilitating that he couldn’t complete his drills and training. Without successful treatment, Ken was facing a temporary layoff from a job he loved!
I used ice massage on Ken’s foot to numb the pain and reduce the swelling. I used a tool that produced friction on his heel and stimulated the tissue to repair itself. I found several trigger points and very tender points in his calf muscles. The treatment was uncomfortable, but he was determined to do whatever it took to take care of the problem and to keep his job.
I also taught Ken how to stretch his calf muscles properly. After a second visit to satisfy myself that Ken knew exactly what to do to maintain his progress, Ken was happily finished with my services.
When I saw Ken at church later the same week, he was walking without a limp! Ken was able to complete his training and drills. Although he has to keep doing the stretches to stay pain-free, he is once again fit and ready to do whatever the job requires.