Plantar fasciitis

Hurling myself up and down sand dunes in Mozambique without warming up turned out to be not such a good idea, and turned an existing Achilles tendinosis into plantar fasciitis, a painful and debilitating condition that is often thought impossible to recover from.

The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue on the sole of the foot. Plantar fasciitis, also known as jogger’s heel or policeman’s foot, is what happens when this tissue ruptures or tears. It is extremely painful, especially first thing in the morning, and can severely limit your exercise options. It is common to see this condition in runners, dancers, walkers, basketball players, rugby players – anyone who does high impact exercise – but it occurs in the general population as well. Inappropriate footwear can be a contributing factor, even if you aren’t an athlete.

I thought I would just let you know and say thank you; I am feeling so much better in my body...definitely less aches/tightness all over - Nicky

I had physiotherapy for nearly a year to help me manage it and stay on my feet, and was on the verge of having an operation to separate the fascia, a procedure that is not guaranteed to stop the condition recurring.

At that time I set the studio up and bought a Reformer and started doing some serious work on my feet and ankles. Unsurprisingly it worked and I now have no pain, have regained full mobility, and am able to run and jump again without re-injuring myself. Although, I have learned my lesson and won’t be running those dunes with such lack of care next time!