The source of much foot pain and most ankle pain is in the lower leg, an area that is often overlooked. DMR Therapy® frees the fascia and trigger points which are the most common cause of pain in this area.
There are eleven muscles of the lower leg that manipulate the foot and are often an important factor in foot pain. These muscles are he most common source for the following problems:
- Achilles tendonitis
- ankle pain
- calf cramps
- heel pain
- heel spurs
- plantar fasciitis
- toe pain, esp. big toe
Trigger points* in these muscles and tightness of the fascia often cause pain in the toes, arches, heels, and ankles. Fortunately fascia and muscle problems such as these are generally easily eliminated with DMR therapy®.
To give some examples:
- Trigger points in the soleus and the tibialis posterior muscles of the calves are the primary cause of heel stiffness and pain, often labeled as Achilles tendonitis.
- The trauma that causes ankle sprain can also cause trigger points in the peroneal muscle which, unless deactivated can remain and weaken the ankle, leaving one susceptible to further sprains.
- Tendonitis, according to Travell*, is a “wastebasket” diagnosis, used when the cause of the pain is not clearly understood. Pain in or near a tendon is almost always simple referred pain from trigger points in associated muscles. By first releasing the trigger points and then working on the tendinous attachment to the bone, this and other types of “tendinitis” can be erased surprisingly quickly.
- Pain in the arch of the foot normally comes from trigger points in the gastrocnemius muscle of the calf. These same trigger points cause calf cramps.
- There are also three trigger points on the bottom of the foot, which refer pain to the sole near the heel. This pain is usually diagnosed as plantar fasciitis.
- The extensor hallucis longus and the tibialis anterior muscle in the front of the lower leg are the most common cause of pain in the big toe joint that is so often misdiagnosed as gout.
- Pain in the toes often comes from trigger points in the flexor muscles of the lower leg.
- Heel pain is commonly attributed to bone spurs. Many people who have been diagnosed as having a painful heel spur have a similar bone spur on their other, pain free foot. The truth is that bone spurs rarely cause pain. Trigger points in the calf muscles produce most heel pain, including the pain attributed to heel spurs.
- The soleus muscle in the calf also acts as a “second heart”, pumping blood and lymph from the legs back up into the trunk. Tight muscles and trigger point activity can compromise this pumping action and produce edema or swelling in the lower legs. When the muscles and fascia are tight, they can force the blood flow to the surface of the leg, causing varicose veins.
Unless there is an obvious injury, foot, ankle and leg pain should first be addressed by checking the health and functioning of fascia and muscle tissue. DMR therapy® is a non-invasive approach to pain relief and restoration of healthy function, with immediate results
*Janet Travell, President Kennedy’s personal physician, defined Trigger Points as “a hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is tender when pressed and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena.