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Plantar fasciitis is a sharp pain usually in the heel of the foot, but sometimes it extends along into the arch of the big toe. It is caused by the physical injury of the tendons, and of the connective surfaces between tendon, and bone. It is generally considered very difficult to treat because tendons are slow to heal, and the tendons tend to become easily re-injured. The condition makes it difficult to walk, so the injury tends to become chronic, and very disruptive to a person’s normal activities. Most people have spontaneously recovered from this condition, but they didn’t know why. It appears the medical profession has more or less shotgunned this condition with its potential remedies, but because they didn’t confront the basic problem properly there has been no understanding of why some remedies worked some of the time, and not others. The whole problem resolves itself into an evaporating dew when you observe what is happening.

Here’s how—think of the problem tendon as being rather fibrous, and made up of many threads stretching from the heel to the ball of the foot, with each thread having its own independent attachment point at each end. Now consider what happens when for some reason the assemblage of threads forming the tendon are stretched to the point of injury. Some of the threads are injured more than others, and some are not injured at all. Tendons are slow to heal, and so at this point the injured person will tend to favor the injury, and limp around while it heals, and this will take several days to a month or sometimes never.

Here is the crux of the problem—the injured thread of tissue being made up partially of scar tissue tends to heal a little shorter than it was before it was injured. Most of the time this doesn’t matter, because the tendon is operating within an easily tolerated dynamic range, but when the whole tendon is stressed again out near its normal operating limits the previously injured ,and now shorter tendon threads receive extra stress, and are easily re-injured. Thus, because it is always these shorter tendon fibers that are the most stressed the injury repeats over and over again, and never seems to heal, and the person appears to be permanently crippled. Usually they just learn to be very careful, and never to exert themselves to where the pain occurs, and thus slowly move into an unhealthy flaccid life style.

In the past various methods were tried for curing the problem, and some seemed to work out some of the time, but when you realize why they worked it then becomes possible to intentionally treat them in the right way, and at the right time, and get a more successful healing, and more likelihood of permanently alleviating the problem .

To eliminate  plantar fasciitis stretch the tendons immediately after an injury becomes apparent, and do it quite a few times per day for over a week. The goal here is to help the injured tendon fibers to heal, stretched out, in as long a position as is possible. Later when the whole group of fibers are subjected to marginally higher stress than normal the previously injured ones will not be subjected to a stress any greater than the other ones which were never injured. During this period of healing keep the foot in various positions that keep the healing tendons in a stretched position, and then every ten minutes stretch them out for a few seconds to the point of modest pain. Then relax for a bit and return them to a comfortable stretched position. Professional athletes suffer a lot of injuries, and the culture within which they live expects them to endure the various pains to which they are subject. When they get these tendon injuries they play through them even though it is painful, and the tendons are forced to heal in the longer positions. The spectators in the stands favor their personal injuries, and in the case of tendons it is counterproductive, and the injuries become chronic.

If one were to start this procedure immediately after the original injury occurred they would probably be totally healed in a few weeks, but if this is a chronic condition it will take longer because the problem threads got shorter every time they were injured. They may have gotten quite a bit shorter after many injury-healing cycles, and thus even more easily injured. Each time a chronic suffer reinjures the tendon it becomes more vulnerable to further injury. Keeping these tissues stretched for months may be required before complete functionality is restored. Good Luck.