When a physician or other medical professional encounters symptoms of unknown cause, the responsible name for such symptoms, in the case of heel pain, is "Idiopathic Heel Pain," not plantar fasciitis. Such a label is demonstrably mistaken, irresponsible and potentially dangerous.
Sara, age 46, loves running her crafts store. But after 23 years of enduring heel pain, she had given up hope of a cure. Sara had even submitted to shockwave therapy under complete anesthesia at Duke Hospital, with no improvement.
Elise is a great runner. In her 20s, extreme foot pain side-lined her, and nothing helped. Expensive orthotics made it worse.
This pain is a symptom of something wrong, somewhere in these women's bodies. Which of the many potential somethings was it? Sara and Elise need to find out, because ignoring the pain could lead to serious injury.
Both women spoke briefly with Dr. Kevin Morgan, aka "The Mechanic." One week later, Elise ran 16 miles, pain free. Furthermore, Sara was free of her heel pain in a few weeks.
It turns out, both women had problems with their "steering gear" (lateral hip rotators). Dr. Morgan diagnosed this problem and showed Sara and Elise what to do about it.
No risky injections. No expensive gizmos.
Physicians are fine for most diagnoses, and they can rule out many causes of foot pain, such as fractures, bruising or strained ligaments. However, when they fail to find a cause, they will likely label your foot pain plantar fasciitis, and recommend a heel injection.
This book is the product of years of research by the author, a skilled veterinary pathologist and researcher, life-long athlete and active Ironman triathlete in his mid-70s, with a fascination for solving bodily aches and pains. He recommends treatments other than pills, injections or surgery whenever possible.
Dr. Morgan knows how you feel. He had to crawl along the floor to reach the bathroom when he had his first attack of so-called plantar fasciitis. By the way, he now recommends a more appropriate name for this condition: nociceptive foot pain. Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia) does not play a role in this widely misunderstood and painful disease. Thus, the misguided heel injections.
The book also provides a 21-day training program called "Body Meditation for Optimal Movement." It is designed to improve your movement skills (proprioceptive intelligence).
This simple training takes only 10 to 15 minutes a day, and will pay big dividends as you tackle the ultimate and often painful endurance sport known as aging!