The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide Versus The Approach Of FitOldDog And Rebecca

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Photo of The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide by William Errol Prowse IV and a Trigger Point Performance roller preferred by FitOldDog. Photo by FitOldDog.

Scraping versus rolling and other thoughts on the treatment of plantar fasciitis in runners. Survival guide or Trigger Point Performance Roller? Photo by FitOldDog.

Our Study Of The Art And Science Of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Continues

The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide Is One Of Many Approaches To Treatment

So Many Plantar Fasciitis Treatments


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Based on our ongoing research, especially working with the ASTRO, we now consider the prime cause of plantar fasciitis pain to be nervous in origin.

A form of proprioceptive or nociceptive imbalance.

For details, see the blog post on the progression of the disease known as plantar fasciitis!

I’m writing this post in response to an interesting comment on the landing page for our approach to curing runners Plantar Fasciitis, which is presented as an e-book and a series of 3 videos, so you can read about it or just watch, as you prefer. Here is the comment we received:

“do you think it is better than the book “the plantar fasciitis survival guide”?? I am using that book and its amazing. what makes yours better than others?”

Reviews of the Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide

Clearly this product has generally good reviews. But it didn’t work for everyone. No method has so far.

My response was as follows:

“Hi Richard, well, I don’t know if our method is better than those provided by ‘The Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide,’ so I’ll buy a copy and let you know. If this guide makes mine superfluous I’ll dump mine and provide a link to the one you recommend. I know that most of the marketed products don’t work, and I’ve had some success with the approach I describe in our free guide, and the optional video. I’ll read it and write a brief review, if that seems appropriate. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention, as plantar fasciitis sucks big time. I’ll be back in touch in the next few days (depending how long it takes to obtain a copy of the Survival Guide). Happy New Year, and thanks again, Kevin aka FitOldDog.”

Photo of FitOldDog's instructors, for our 'Run Smarter' workshop in Carrboro (well attended), Karen (left - Feldenkrais), Mr Bones (deep thought), Rebecca (Continuum), and Tara (Gyrokinesis).

Instructors, for our ‘Run Smarter’ one-day workshop in Carrboro (January 19th, 2013; well attended), Karen (left – Feldenkrais), Mr. Bones (deep thought), Rebecca (Continuum), and Tara (Gyrokinesis). Several attendees came specifically for help with runner’s plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis (all part of the same syndrome in FitOldDog’s opinion!). Photo by FitOldDog.

I purchased a hard copy, as the e-version was not available for my Nook (only Kindle – may need to buy a Kindle?), and I found this book to be interesting and informative with respect to the understanding and treatment of plantar fasciitis, so I recommend it those suffering from this debilitating heel pain, but with some reservations concerning treatment approaches.

Without going into too much detail, our approach complements and extends that recommended by the author of the Survival Guide, William Errol Prowse IV, as it substitutes the use of Trigger Point Performance Rollers in place of the scraping method. Based on our understanding of the delicate, fluid and dynamic (activity) nature of fascia (connective tissue which holds the body together, and includes the plantar fascia on the bottom of the feet, as discussed in our video), we strongly recommend rollers in place of hard metal scraping. Furthermore, correcting your biomechanics is key for curing and preventing sports injuries, such as heel pain, for which FitOldDog takes training in body awareness and movement therapy, including Feldenkrais, Continuum and Gyrokinesis – it would appear that we induce many of our injuries by using suboptimal approaches to movement.

Our recommendation to plantar fasciitis sufferers:

(1) Buy ($9.99 for Kindle today) the Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide and read it cover to cover. (2) Then download and read FitOldDog’s latest plantar fasciitis treatment approach, and possibly the recommended reading. (3) Then purchase our explanatory videos a read the downloadable manual. The videos are needed to understand how to use the rollers correctly for self-applied myofascial massage as directed towards curing runners plantar fasciitis, and how to deal with collapsed arches (if that is your issue).

This entire package has a great chance of fixing your problem, as long as you do the work outlined in our guide, and it will still be cheaper than a boot, orthotics, or other approaches that really don’t work in isolation, in my experience.

Thanks for an interesting book, William Prowse IV, and I do like your dedication!

-k @FitOldDog



  1. This is such a great review! I really am glad that you liked the book 🙂 I just found your website a couple days ago and there is tons of great information! I have a lot of exploring to do. Thank you again for checking out my book and writing this 🙂

    • Hi William, I like your book. I am learning about e-books, and one way to promote your work is to promote each others. If you would be interested in reading my Surgery Recovery Guide I could send a promo code (once I work out how to do it). I would certainly appreciate your input, whether you like it or not, as I hope to generate good products that help people. If you have your book as an e-book I would reciprocate with a review. I think that advertising is a waste of time and money unless you’re loaded, and word of mouth is the way to go. Let me know if you are interested. You can contact me directly at By the way, I gave a positive review because your book is good. Most of the plantar fasciitis treatments out there are junk, and fail to consider the dynamic nature of fascia. Keep up the good work. Kind Regards, Kevin aka FitOldDog

  2. Kevin, Do you specially recommend that roller over a standard foam roller? I ask as my PF is 6 months old now, my physio can’t see me due to his own injury and also the TPT roller has now appeared in a running shop near me. All the signs suggest I need a new approach to tackling this demon. Matthew

    • Hi Matthew!

      Did you read my manual and watch the videos? I can get them to you cost free if you want. Then send me a short video clip of you standing, walking and running. Rebecca and I will examine the clips, and see if anything obvious is going on with your body movement. Then we’ll see if we can fix your problem. I would love to do that. I’ll be putting up a post on roller selection in the next few days. If very tender you could start with the MELT roller, then move on to TriggerPoint, but you have to fix the underlying biomechanical issues for a permanent fix. The latest version of the manual is now available as an e-book, which you can buy via my landing page, or I’ll send you a file you can open with an iPad. Let’s fix this beast. The manual contains a promo code so you can buy the videos (there is a new one, recently) for $1.

      Let me know how you want to proceed.



  3. Hi Kevin,

    I downloaded that guide yesterday.
    My first goal is to get pain free. I guess that requires some analysis and improvement of my form as I’m obviously aggravating my PF (or it would not still hurt after 6 months) without even running. I will worry about perfect form and maintenance after that (don’t want to do too much in one go).

    I have been using a simple foam roller (similar to MELT, which I had to google) but I guess the TriggerPoint gets in deeper, right? Certainly mine struggles to get in deep the higher up my calf I go.

    I’m going to see my masseur soon (after a long absence) to see if he can pin point the tighest spots. He’s pretty cheap and good at keeping me going (when I have made a point of seeing him regularly and not gotten injured!)

    I’ll try and get some kind of video to you soon. Just have to try and find the time to shoot it!


    • Hi Matthew, I’ll be posting on roller selection in the next few days, and keep up the good work. Remember to send a frontal and a lateral view of you standing (try to just stand as you usually do, without thinking too much). I’m sure Rebecca and I can fix this. Cheers, kevin

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