The Secret to Relieving Foot Pain (POM 05/13)

Patient of the Month - May 2013

When Michele came to us she was suffering from debilitating foot pain. She had been to many other doctors, but none of the treatment was able to provide relief.

Then she heard about Active Release Technique (ART) and located Dr. Mayeswho was a locally certified provider.  After receiving ART as well as the instrument-assisted Graston Technique, Michele was overjoyed with the results.

She even offered to travel to conferences with Dr. Mayes to speak to podiatrists and orthopedists about the effectiveness of these techniques in relieving foot pain.

Michele has not only been committed and compliant during  her own recovery, but she has taken the time to inspire and give hope to other people who are suffering from chronic pain.

In her own words....

Why PT? Scar tissue was preventing my big toe from bending resulting in excrutiating pain when I walked.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience?After about 10 sessions, I was able to walk with much less pain. It is now a soreness and aching feeling rather than inflammation and horrendous pain in my foot. Additionally, I don't have to think about limiting my walking, and I am able to lead a more normal life.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? The Active Release Technique and Graston Technique, performed by Dr. Mayes, is the only way to go.  Don't wait any longer - seek help.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I am most excited about taking a Zumba class, being able to wear a sneaker/shoe for more than a few minutes without discomfort, and now looking forward to traveling with my husband without having to worry about how much walking we do.

A Battle with Foot Pain...

Patient of the Month - March 2013

Name:  Jerily C. (we affectionately refer to her as JC)



JC is the most COMPLIANT patient in the history of IronPT. She came in with fierce foot pain that had been wearing her down for months, but made up her mind that she was ready to fight back. She would do every single thing that was recommended and even did extra "homework" to be sure she was getting the most out of therapy.

She is still working hard towards full recovery, but it has been a privilege to be part of her journey. She's not only determined, but also artistic, and we're looking forward to having her put her touch on our clinic walls.

Wish we could clone her!


In her own words....

Three words that describe me: curious, energetic and scrappy

What brought you to PT?

I had chronic heel PAIN that required surgery and needed post-surgical PT.

My Podiatrist recommended finding a Physical Therapist who practiced the Graston Technique– with the warning that it would be painful.  I’d never heard of it, so I googled it.  Reading about it sounded just as painful as I’d been told, but I thought I’d give it a try.

How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? PT with Dr. Mayes had given me hope that one day soon I’ll be pain free.

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? Patience! Results come even though progress seems slow.

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? I want to run.  I understand I’ll need to walk first, and build up slowly.  Looking forward to my continued progress.

My Heel Hurts!

By Meri Mayes It felt like I had a splinter stuck in my heel. Unfortunately it was a strange, but familiar pain that I experienced over four years earlier when I was six months pregnant with my oldest daughter. It was at its worst when I stepped out of bed in the morning, but it continued aching throughout the day causing a lovely limp and hampering physical activity.

It was the irritating return of a common foot issue, Plantar Fasciitis (affectionately referred to as PF)....

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia defines Plantar fasciitis as the inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.

Plantar Fasciitis

 occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. 

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)

  • Obesity or sudden weight gain

  • Long-distance running, especially downhill or on uneven surfaces

  • Tight Achilles tendon (tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)

  • Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles

The only way to determine if you have PF is to have an examination by a physical therapist or physician. He or she can evaluate your arches and look at foot tenderness, swelling, and tightness. This time, I didn't delay in getting treatment, so instead of having lingering pain for months, my PF was virtually gone in a few days.

To get things cleared up so quickly, I did exercises prescribed by my physical therapist; wore supportive shoes for the entire day (especially first thing in the morning); iced my foot daily (a frozen bottle of water works perfectly); and used a special Fasciitis Night Splint at night (to help stretch the plantar fascia).

After three weeks, I'm even feeling good enough to wear "real" shoes again. Hooray for high heels!!