At AnatomyPT we treat all kinds of foot and ankle conditions.
One condition keeps appearing at our Miami Beach office that seems to be more stubborn and problematic for my patients, it was heel pain. Patients arriving with heel pain reported trying multiple other therapies and healthcare professionals and reported having the condition for longer periods of time than any other condition.
In fact, patients with heel pain had usually already tried at least three other treatments before they were cured by my unique treatment technique.
Other treatments that had failed to make any difference included wearing a boot for six weeks (the boot of shame!). So unfair and a waste of time.
NB: in fact wearing a boot to treat the heel pain symptoms will actually make you worse in the long-term. Why? Because not only does wearing a boot not treat the specific cause of heel pain, it actually promotes muscle atrophy wasting or shrinking of all of the foot and ankle muscles and limits/excludes the patient from participating in physical activity which is detrimental for both mental and physical fitness… crazy! Don’t wear the boot!
Other ineffective treatments include:
- Massaging in the bottom of the foot
- Graston technique to the tendons (ouch)
- Prolonged rest
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory’s, including Advil, Aleve and prescriptions
- Injections- weaken tendinous and ligamentous structures, not treating the cause
- Electrical stimulation
- Night splints
- Shockwave therapy
- Heel braces and bandages
- Generic stretches
- Non-custom made orthotics
So if you were thinking of trying these treatments please let me help you save time, money and pain!
Moreover, patients reported seeing multiple healthcare professionals such as orthopedic surgeons, massage therapist, podiatrist, chiropractors, acupuncturists, osteopaths, homeopaths and, of course, spiritual healers!
I want to start by saying I have nothing against any of these fine professions or the wonderful people in these practices, however if you’re a hammer every problem is a nail, if you’re a screwdriver every problem is a screw and if you’re a wrench every problem is a bolt. What do I mean by this? Well, put simply, if you go to a healthcare professional with a problem they will do their best (hopefully) to treat your problem with the tools they have… a surgeon will try surgery, an acupuncturist will try acupuncture, etc.
But what if the best and quickest solution to fix your problem isn’t in their toolkit?
The best professional equipped to cure your heel pain is a physical therapist.
Heel pain falls into three major categories:
These different heel pain diseases appear in the population at different age ranges but, interestingly, are all manifestations of one single underlying common cause –
Dysfunction of the calf complex.
Example of each:
- 11-year-old boy with sever’s disease, Soccer player who was put into a boot
- 37-year-old accountant with Achilles tendinitis jogs on the weekend
- 42-year-old housewife with plantar fasciitis who just wants to walk the dog
- 37-year-old Colombian Woman whose calf implants went wrong
Each is a distinctly different diagnosis, with slightly different locations of pain, however they all share the same underlying cause.
The Calf complex is unique, as it has multiple powerful muscles all merging into a single tendon, (the Achilles tendon) and attaching at just one place – the HEEL BONE.
The calf is one of the only muscle groups that is so powerful it can not only lift your entire body weight on its own, it can also accelerate your body so quickly that you can momentarily launch yourself against gravity, other wise known as jumping!
In fact the calf is so powerful that in Sever’s Disease the calf is stronger than the immature heel bone and to a certain extent it actually starts pulling the heel bone growth plate apart!
In Achilles Tendinitis the calf is so strong that the Achilles becomes overloaded beyond its capacity and becomes inflamed.
In Plantar Fasciitis the calf pulls on the heel bone so hard that the fascial attachment at the front of the heel bone becomes so taught and overloaded that it becomes inflamed.
In each case we see that the strength of the calf and the excessive tension in the calf is the course of the dysfunction. This is the same reason why it is so difficult to treat. Just stretching the calf alone will have limited, or no impact on heel pain.
Although ultimately stretching and down regulating the tone of the calf complex is the goal, the muscles sheer strength and resilience to deformation is a road block to success. Stretching alone just can’t overcome the strength and tightness of a dysfunctional calf complex.
So what can you do?
The secret is in how you trick the calf to release so that it can be stretched effectively – and take pressure off of the heel bone.
Because I am so passionate about sharing my unique and highly effective solution for heel pain with you, I have developed the CalfPRO™, to alleviate tension in the calf complex and permanently maintain a pain free heel. The CalfPRO™ is the only calf stretching device in the world that can comfortably fix the heel in place and allow a leveraged stretch of the calf muscles.
Not available anywhere else, this exclusive pre-order special offer is available in the USA only at an introductory price of $49.95.
Including postage within USA