Ongoing research, with individual research reports, are posted on Facebook, at this link: FitOldDog's Dynamic Plantar Fasciitis Treatment. 

My Current Working Hypothesis

Acute morning heel pain, aka plantar fasciitis, is a progressive condition. In its early stages, it is a nociceptive or neural (nervous system) response to body movement stresses. A warning of worse to come, including tissue damage, if you don't change the way you move!


It presents a better way to think about acute morning heel pain, especially if it fails to respond to multiple treatments (which are often guess work, anyway)!

It presents my working hypothesis, the nociceptive (nervous system) hypothesis, a better guide to treatment selection in my opinion!

OK! You changed your shoes, and it went away. Enjoy! You're probably off having fun, anyway!

plantar fasciitis research

You tried a bunch of treatments, you have little money to spare, and morning heel pain is still crippling you!

What are you to do?

I hope to direct you down the right (and least expensive) road to finding an answer.

Talk to other people with similar problems on Facebook, at this link: FitOldDog's Dynamic Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

A preliminary observation, fyi (requiring further statistical study):

An analysis (clustering of binary data) of a few hundred cases, from an online survey, revealed two major patterns of response to treatments (only 20 treatments were included in the survey for my sanity). You can contribute your morning heel pain data at this link, if you so desire:

Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Research Study Data Input Link

Group A. Those who tend to get better.  

Group B. Those who don't!  

The binary data format (1=helped, 0=did nothing, -1=made it worse, blank=not tested) are shown in the figure below. Notice in the output as colored blocks, lower right, the more green cases, left, (tended to improve), versus more red, which didn't. Why do some people recover, and some go nowhere, even at great expense? They haven't identified either the cause or the trigger.

Two clusters PF data

© 2017 |Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.

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