Could there really be a miracle cure for the painful, annoying, and extremely common condition of plantar fasciitis? Brad Kearns (bradkearns.com) says yes, and describes a simple but extremely effective stretching protocol in this video. Brad is a former national champion and #3 world-ranked professional triathlete who suffered on and off for 15 years with plantar fascitis. He tried everything, including orthodics, heel lifts, extensive rest, and stretches that fell short of the magic described here with his prolonged stretches. Do them with devotion for a few weeks and you can experience tremendous relief from even the worst prolonged conditions.
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a burning sensation around the rim and/or bottom of your heel, and assorted peripheral pains such as a sore or burning arch, sensitive nerve endings along your arch, inflamed bursa sacs in your heel bone that make the heel sensitive to touch and applied weight, a bumpy, lumpy sensation on the bottom of your heel that are often called bone spurs, and general stiffness, tightness, and pain in the foot, arch, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles.
Symptoms are typically worse first thing in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting or standing. If you have a mild case, you can get some range of motion and blood flow going upon awakening and the pain will typically subside and not compromise your exercise. In advanced stages, you will have a hard time getting mobility going and even walking will be painful. When you do get sufficiently warmed up and into a workout, the burning pain will often continue during and after exercise. The condition can worsen over time until you are sidelined by the lack of mobility and subsequent chronic pain.
It's time to get the issue handled once and for all. This fabulous MarksDailyApple.com post provides more detail about the condition and the cure of prolonged stretching and other mobility/flexibility techniques that will get your lower extremities working properly.