Tight leg muscles and plantar fasciitis

November 10, 2017

I had lumbar fusion surgery last year from which I have recovered well.

However I do still have tight leg muscles and over the last few months developed plantar fasciitis in my left heel. I am awaiting results of an x-ray to rule out bone spur, and I can then get referral letter for some physio treatment.

My question is there anything I can do to relieve the tightness in the meantime.  I have prescribed orthotics from podiatrist and stretch twice a day. Take warm baths etc.


November 10, 2017

Oh no you don’t…Have tight leg muscles!

You’ve got stiff, protective tone that’s trying to protect the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of your leg into your foot.
Bone spurs are really old fashioned thinking and so whether you’ve got one or not, it’s probably incidental rather than symptomatic.
I’d avoid any type of stretching (as it doesn’t change why you feel tight) but instead you need to move – move everything thing,everywhere!
Pilates is a great way to progress – start slow and respectfully progress. You may also find that a simple pair of off the shelf orthotics may help too.
Get going – oh and really practice lots of balance work. Every time you brush your teeth stand on 1 leg for at least a minute at a time.

The Guru

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