• Sherry Pacheco

Healing Your Feet

Updated: Mar 28, 2019

Healing emotional causes of plantar fasciitis

From a holistic point of view, almost all of the pain we have in our bodies is cause by emotions and belief systems, including our feet.

When we experience pain, our bodies are screaming at us to pay attention and address the issue that is causing the pain.

Psychological studies have shown that pain may not be caused merely by a physical injury. Pain is associated with stress and emotional issues in our lives. When we are stressed and we hold onto that stress for long periods of time, how does the body handle that stress? Where does the stress go? If we hold onto stress for long periods of time, it starts to affect how we feel and can show up as pain in different areas of the body. Have you heard someone say, "My boss is a pain in the neck"? Literally the pressures or perceived beliefs cause stress somewhere in our bodies. Many times we carry that stress in our neck and shoulder. Sometimes we carry stress in other parts of our bodies as well. When we carry stress in different areas of our bodies for several years, it starts to affect our health, causing disease and illness.

How does our body choose where to hold the stress? I believe it chooses the area that makes the most sense. If you're having trouble moving forward in life, it makes sense that you will have foot or leg pain. Children who have been abused are 60% more like to have digestive disorders than children who came from happy, loving homes.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch, often causing tiny tears that can lead to pain and swelling. This condition commonly originates from tight calf muscles leading to prolonged and/or high velocity pronation of the foot. This in turn produces repetitive over-stretching of the plantar fascia, leading to possible inflammation and thickening of the ligament. As the fascia thickens, it loses strength and flexibility. Because this ligament is one of the major transmitters of weight across the foot when you walk or run, the stress placed on it is tremendous.

When you are stressed, anxious, or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. If you are the ‘shock absorber’ and constantly feel angry or ‘inflamed’, this repeated thought pattern can inflame the plantar fascia, thereby ensuring that you get the message through your body.

If you have plantar fasciitis, chances are you’re not able to exercise until the inflamed tissue heals. You are left to take care of yourself, and until you do, you aren’t able to be there making things okay for everybody else. Think of the stress from being the support for others—the shock absorber—while not getting adequate support for yourself.

Those who have plantar fasciitis are, in effect, exercising self-control. They have a huge fear of what might happen if they surrender control, leaving them feeling frustrated, conflicted, and irritated about what’s happening in their lives. So they sit and seethe.

There are several books out there describing what emotional factor or belief is causing problems in different areas of the body. According to Dr. Michael J. Lincoln in Messages from the Body, the emotional component of plantar fasciitis in the right foot involves having deep conflicts over how to get support, as well as concerns about relationships and commitment. For the left foot, it’s about being handicapped with vulnerability issues, unwilling to receive support,

It is believed that pain in different areas of our bodies is associated with different emotions and beliefs. If you feel responsible for holding everything together in your family, with your friends, or at work you are prone to experience plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia ligament is a fibrous tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes while supporting the arch of the foot. It serves as the ‘shock absorber’ for our feet by holding structures together and keeping them strong. If you strain your plantar fascia, the ligament gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed), causing your heel or the bottom of your foot to hurt when you stand or walk.

People who have plantar fasciitis are prone to feeling or believing they are responsible for keeping the family together or making sure everything in the home or at work is running smoothly. They are the 'shock absorber' and take on that role.

If you find yourself with this pain, what can be done?

Individuals who struggle with plantar fasciitis can find relief through holistic healing techniques to address the underlying issues, often noticing relief either immediately or within a few session. Using a method to release emotions or change our belief systems has been shown to be effective in reducing as well as eliminating pain and other symptoms associated with inflammation, illness and disease. BodyTalk is an effective method used in the treatment of pain. Bodytalk addresses the entire body, looking for the areas that are a priority.

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