MELT hand and foot treatment.
It saved my career last year. At this time in 2015, I was giving classes away because I was in so much pain. I’ve been through physical therapy, all sorts of mobility exercises (for the toe, the mid-foot, the ankle, calves, peroneals), Graston, ASTYM, and ice. Even a cortisone shot (desperate – we were 2 weeks away from a walking tour of China and it did work, it just didn’t last).
I’m not a natural salesperson. But this, I get behind 100%. I’ve been teaching hand and foot since early this year and my clients are making great improvements in their mobility and pain.
This can be a tough and lengthy one to get rid of, and it will depend on how bad it is and how much he takes care of it with rest/stretches/ice, etc… Going too long without taking care of it can lead to bone spurs and arthritis. For sure the fact the he is overweight doesn’t help, but there are things that he can do… Has he been to a doctor or physical therapist? That would be the first place to start.
In addition, I would have him avoid high impact activities, ice it after a workout, have him do the recommended stretches for it, and make sure his footwear and make sure it has proper arch supports or orthotics. (he should probably avoid going barefoot in the house as well. I’ve also heard great things from clients about wearing Birkenstocks for this).
Here is one good article from ACE that addresses this, as well the connection to other areas of the body such as the calf muscles and the hip flexors. Hope you can use it…
Hello Martha Hutchinson,
PRICE; I wish the client good luck and patience.
I also suggest rest, ice, MELT and stretches. Be gentle on the body, do not push through the pain, pain is the signal to stop and take care of it with the modalities mentioned. Yes, do not walk barefoot while healing, stretch head to toe only to the point of tension. Follow doctor and therapist orders, stay hydrated, eat anti-inflammatory healthy diet. Use orthotics if prescribed and special shoes to help cushion area while healing. Some people stretch three times a day for relief; give it time, may be a year or more; weather plays a role with barometric pressure for good and tougher days. Add strength moves when better and no high heels; keep musculature lengthened.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.
Yes, Karin’s been right all along!
I thought MELT was just foam rolling and since I’ve had foam rolling courses from Trigger Point, OPTP and NASM, I figured I needed another foam rolling training like I needed a hole in my head. But using the soft ball foot treatment on myself has made all the difference in the world for me.