Plantar Fasciitis

Like the overpronation nonsense that I seem to be fighting all the time, ‘plantar fasciitis’ is another one of those topis that has no much pseudoscience, quackery and mythology associated with it. Not a day goes by in which I do not come across something on plantar fasciitis that is just plain made up nonsense.

Why so much nonsense? My theory is that you can pretty much try anything for plantar fasciitis and due to the nature of the natural history of it, there is a good chance there can be an improvement in symptoms at around the same time the nonsense treatment is used. To try and convince people that their symptoms improved because of the natural history and nothing to do with the quackery is an exercise in futility. I blogged about this issue here: The Problem with the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis.

During the barefoot running fad there were lots of unsupported and unsubstantiated claims for the use of barefoot running to treat plantar fasciitis. That failed. I blogged about that here: Is minimalism an option to manage plantar fasciitis? I commented on this on my other blog. on the company site and laughed at a few memes and rolled my eye at advice in forums.

Fighting this nonsense is a never ending battle and may never be won. There is too much money for the shysters to make from their pseudoscience.

There are sensible ways to treat plantar fasciitis that do actually work and are backed by the actual scientific evidence: Plantar Fasciitis – how then do you treat it?

Overpronation

This is something that I write about a lot and debate about a lot on social media. It is something that I do not like writing about. It is something that I should not have to write about. It is something that just will not go away. The myths keep on being perpetuated. It does get boring and tiresome.

‘Overpronation’ is a meaningless nonsensical term. It is mostly used by people suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect who want to pretend that they know what they are talking about when they clearly have no clue. Pronation is normal. We have no idea what is “over” or abnormal. It used to be considered a big risk factor but it was so poorly defined that we really have no idea.

Over at Running Research Junkie, I wrote about:
‘Overpronation’ … the quack is strong in this one …
The nonsensical understanding of ‘overpronation’
Risk of Injury From ‘Pronation’

Over at Its a Foot Captain, I summarized it as Pronation Mythology and even posted about it on the company blog and laughed at memes on it.

One does get frustrated with not a day going by in which I come across someone talking about “overpronation” in a nonsensical way. When I get time, I will finish on the PodiaPaedia page on overpronation for a ‘fair and balanced; view (as that is the purpose of that website).

Please: it is time for all this to stop (though I know my pleas are not going to make any difference)