Jogger’s heel (plantar fasciitis) is one of the most common ailments of runners.
It involves stabbing pain in the bottom and interior side of the heel that can spread along the arch of the foot towards the toes. It occurs due to the injuries of plantar fascia, which is the thick connective tissue that supports the arch on the bottom (plantar side) of the foot. It runs from the heel bone (calcaneus) forward to the bones between each toe.
The cause of inflammation are frequent walking, running or standing on hard surface, different sports (volleyball, handball, football, ahtletics), shortened tibialis muscle, tight Achilles tendon and flat feet. The issues develop gradually, usually in only one foot. The pain is often most severe with the first steps of the day and is worsened during running and longer walks or standing. The injuries of plantar fascia can lead to the inflammation of neighbouring tissues and gradually develop into jogger’s foot or calcifications of the calcaneus. If these injuries are not properly treated, they can develop into chronic pain. Due to the changed mechanics of walking, we feel pain not only in our feet but also in our knees, hips and spine.
AEQ method sees that plantar fasciitis occurs due to the overly and constantly activated green light reflex. The muscles in the back part of our body (extensors) are tense and tight due to sensory motor amnesia. This causes stiffness in the calf muscles, Achilles tendon and connective tissue in the feet. When we move the foot forward (during walking, running), the front part of the foot and the diaphragm contract more than what they need to. With years, the movement of legs becomes increasingly stiffer and the stride ever shorter, which changes biomechanics and the efficiency of movement. This is further influenced by improper shoes, high heels or the changed centre of gravity of the body during pregnancy.
AEQ method changes reasons for jogger’s foot by eliminating sensory-motor amnesia and giving back control over the green light reflex. We can control the muscles contracting and relaxing more efficiently and with less effort. Relaxation during night rest is also important because it restores the flexibility of legs and feet. AEQ method sessions improve the length and smoothness of stride, restore the correct biomechanics of movement and eliminate the rotation of pelvis. The latter almost always occurs if a person suffers from feet pain.
With regular, daily AEQ movements our stride becomes symmetrical again and pain disappear in a few months. We shouldn’t interpret jogger’s foot as a mistake that we have to battle against by using various therapeutic tools and medical devices. We should see it as inadequate communication with our body and our awareness of it and instead use the opportunity to improve the situation.
Matjaž Pregrat, a 800m and 1500m runner from Krka Novo Mesto Athletic Club, healed his plantar fascia with the help of Clinical Somatics. He suffered from fasciitis on both feet. This is what he says: “After a few months of physiotherapy, the pain only got worse. I simply gave up. When I found out for Clinical Somatics, I started the therapy immediately. After only two sessions and a month, I already started with moderate runs and seriously train the next month. The feeling was unbelievable because I could finally control my body and run with a certain awareness and control.”