So-Called Plantar Fasciitis Nociceptive Heel Pain is From Your Hips, Believe it or Not!

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Site of my recent plantar fasciitis nociceptive heel pain, and we have a cat dog standoff!

Competitive cycling places a load on your hip or core muscles, especially if you push the hill climbs. This is one thing that will trigger my so-called plantar fasciitis nociceptive heel pain.

A few days ago, we pushed to 42-miles, on our way to 100-mile rides, as I work to reclaim my “base bike fitness level.” The next morning, I noticed mild pain in my right medial heel. Is it a heel problem? NO! Tight muscle in my hips, somewhere. I gently rubbed the sore spot, felt the response in the location of the hip tightness, an old injury site, ipsilateral (same side of my body) glut minimus. A little intelligent stretching should do the trick, as explained in my book, plus other loosening and hip balance work.

And my so-called plantar fasciitis nociceptive heel pain melted away. It’s not a heel problem, it’s a hip problem due to imbalance or tightness of one or more hip rotators.

No doubt about it.

Wishing you happy feet,


People don’t believe, me, but as a research pathologist I just wanted to know what was killing my heels, so I did a little (seven years) research. Now I can get rid of it every time.

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Disclaimer: As a veterinarian, I do not provide medical advice for human animals. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.