It’s war!


Week five of my pilates and whiles I haven’t been the most dedicated, I have decided to declare war on my Plantar Fasciitis!


I went to see a physio the other day, as his specialty was sports injuries and he did acupuncture too. His approach was very different to the other practitioners I had seen up to that point.

He decided that the foot didn’t need so much work but it was the calf muscle.


He noticed a lot of very tight muscles and fibres with considerable scaring and thought this to be the cause of the Plantar Faciitis (probably insufficient stretching after running etc). It made sense to me and although I had had some massage work done before, he said it would need to be very (very) vigorous and deep. Yowza! I had tears in my eyes within a few minutes as it was so deep and painful.

He reckons I need several (painful) sessions like this to release the muscles and during this time I should throw everything else at it: icing, anti inflammatories, foot roller, insoles, and massaging the calf myself.


I thought that I had tried everything, but realise now that most of the things I had tried had been in ones or twos but not all at the same time.


So, you can see from the pictures that it is all out war and this blasted Plantar Fasciitis is gonna take a pounding.

By the way my calf feels like it has gone six rounds with Mike Tyson and is rather tender, but I am not giving in that easily.

Seconds out…… round 2!

Simon X


  1. Janet Newcome February 28, 2015 at 3:25 am -  Reply

    Thanks for sharing this post Simon as I struggle with the same affliction. I have recently been to biomechanics at the Vale of Leven hospital, and was given special insoles to wear. I have been wearing insoles for years which I first purchased about 15 years ago at QVC from the creator of Vionics. I have very flat feet, and have always had pain in my calves, but has only been in last year that I have started suffering with plantar fasciitis. I recently bought a pair of Vionics sandals which I hope will help this summer. I have a friend who is a sports massage therapist and can verify it is very painful treatment, but worth it in the end. I met you Simon many years ago when you worked for STV on Eikon.

  2. Jackie Morrison March 18, 2015 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    I feel your pain! I have suffered with this on and off for years and it can be triggered by the daftest things. I wear inserts and find they do help keep it at bay. However I was advised that calf raises/lowers were the way to go. You can do this on the stairs….or on your pilates reformer (much more fun). So I guess your physio is correct – it can originate in tight calves. I have also taken much more attention to how I sit at work and try very hard not to cross my legs or fold my foot behind my chair – bad habits that probably tighten the leg muscles and then affect my foot! Hope you get yours under control soon.

  3. Marjolein May 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Plants fasciitis will vanish with regular heel lowers on yourcaeropilates machine
    I’ll demo next week

  4. Gaynor Dyer July 9, 2015 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Simon, I felt your pain but not anymore.. I now wear Vionic shoes and sandals full time and also the insoles. They have changed my life. I had plantar fasciitis and dropped arches and would suffer terrible pain but it’s gone all thanks to Vionics.

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