Plantar fascitis is caused by tight or inflamed fascia (or connective tissue) on the plantar (underneath) surface of your foot.
Heel spurs can grow as a result of tight plantar fascia, but heel spurs may be present and not actually be the cause of the pain.
Myofascial Release will release the fascia in this area for both these conditions. It is useful and interesting to note that similar pain can result from trigger points in muscles of the lower leg, and in fact tight fascia in the back of the leg (hamstrings, gastrocs, soleus and achilles tendon) is nearly always involved as well, so Joanna would apply trigger point therapy and MFR to the whole of the back of the leg, ankle and foot.
Shin splints is an extremely painful condition, often suffered by joggers, caused by stress on muscle attachments. This stress in turn is caused by chronically tight fascia and trigger points in the shin muscles (especially the Tibialis Anterior) so Joanna would release the fascia and trigger points in the whole of the front of the lower leg.
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