Painly Plantar


On Monday I went for my weekly mauling by the Ben the Pea Green physio, and whilst each time I can tell my muscles are responding in a positive way, it was never going to be my favorite way of spending half an hour.

I met a lot of the team this week as Steph, the owner was there, and she, together with the rest of the team had a brainstorm as to the best way forward for me.  Normally things would have improved more by now, so it was thought that a change of approach might be in order.

The physio I have been having is mainly very deep tissue massage. Now, this is quite …. what shall we say……. invigorating!

However, some of the alternatives that were being suggested could not be classified as the Pleasuredome.  There was Shock Wave therapy, which seems quite successful in a number of tendonitus conditions like frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and plantar facitiis. Mind you its is described by most as ‘rather painful’ which loosely translates as ‘hurts like hell’!

Another was the ultrasound guided steroid injection, which I have had and is no picnic, but it can have a weakening effect on the tendon if it is done too often.

An alternative was suggested that has a similar effect but without the drawbacks, and that is to inject your own plasma. Apparently they take a blood sample and send it away somewhere to be separated and then cultured and you get some fluid back that can be injected, which encourages the healing. Sounds a bit Frankensteinish to me but I’m open to all possibilities… Even though they all seem to involve pain!!


The other thing that was suggested, and it has been before but it didn’t seem right at the time, was to have some custom made orthotics made for me. Special inner soles that help relieve the pressure. Its a bit pricey but as the discomfort level is really beginning to take its toll on my ability to bound around a concrete studio floor, I decided I have to try it to see if it a least could make things more comfortable whilst I heal.

Appointment is booked for today and hopefully comfy shoes in a couple of weeks. Many thanks to Steph, Ben and the rest of the team at Pea Green Physio for all their help and advice, but next time the Ibuprofen is on you!!

Simon X


  1. Mary Rice March 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    OMG Simon. I thought I would sympathise with you. I have had the same problem as you for years. I know how painful this contition is. I roll a golf ball under my feet 4 to 5 times a day to get rid of as much tension as I can, also I rub it up the inside and outside of my legs. I rest my feet alot. Unfortunately it never seems to go away. I have those orthotics, they help a bit but they are not the full answer for me. I really hope they work for you. People who have not got this condition do not realise how painful it is. I know I am no help to you but I am thinking of you and following your progress with interest.


  2. Sue Winn March 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Your poor thing! I’ve had that condition and it’s SO painful. People don’t realise do they! Wishing you a speedy recovery. I found stretching excesses helped a lot xxx

  3. Simon April 3, 2015 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Sue and Mary

    Thank you for your sympathy and it does help to know that I’m not the only person who is putting up with this. Unfortunately I haven’t heard from many people to say that theirs has been cured! Here’s hoping!!

  4. chantel briody April 11, 2015 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Ouch Simon I hope you are going to be ok soon and back at qvc towers doing the morning show with Kathy . Take care

  5. ellen babes April 20, 2015 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    I have had a plantar problem with my left foot for nearly three years. Last August I chipped a bone in my right ankle and tore ligaments off with the chip! Anyway, throughout my physio things have progressed well, but I have developed a plantar problem with my right foot now aswell. I recently purchased a basic exercise bike and am gently exercising for 15 minutes each day, this has had an amazing effect on both feet. Most days I am 90% pain free, (a huge relief to my overall wellbeing, pain is so debilitating) my physio is happy with what I am doing so i intend continuing with this gentle exercise. Don’t think its a coincidence, something good is definitely happening!

  6. Simon April 30, 2015 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ellen and Chantel, thanks for you sympathy. I think there may be light at the end of the tunnel! I had something called shockwave therapy yesterday and it has made a difference already. I have a another session next week and I will keep you up to date with the progress!
    Simon x

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