Photo showing a woman with pain in arch of foot

What Causes Foot Pain & How ABC™ Can Help

Pain in the foot is commonly referred to as plantar fasciitis, which has become an umbrella term for all things foot pain. It’s like a layman’s diagnosis – someone experiences pain in the foot, they share it with a friend and out comes the verdict, “You must have plantar fasciitis!”

Plantar fasciitis literally means inflammation of the plantar fascia – a thin ligament that attaches to your toes on one end and heel on the other. However, even though your plantar fascia may appear to have pain and burning sensation, these symptoms might be coming from soreness in the muscles above this tissue that are responsible for the movements of your feet.

In this post, we’ll explore something we take for granted, our feet, until they begin hurting due to, usually unbeknownst to most of us, structural problems.

What is plantar fascia

Plantar fascia is a thin but very strong ligament that attaches from the toe bones all the way to the heel bone at the bottom of your feet. This elastic tissue holds the arches of our feet in place much like how the bottom stones in a stone bridge are affixed to the ground to prevent it from collapsing.

This arch and fascia together create a bow-and-string effect contributing much to the human ability to walk and run on two feet. 1Photo Source:

Computer 3D graphic showing arches of the foot

The below video shows the two important foot motions while running – pronation and supination.2Measurement showing forces that cause slight bending of the foot during a run. Video produced by Ali Yawar, Carolyn Eng, and Madhusudhan Venkadesan at Yale University. Creative Commons Attribution license. Source article:!

One common solution for foot pain is orthotics like arch supports. An arch support works by shifting the pressure on the foot muscles away a bit. And although you do walk funny and your motion gets restricted, an arch support can offer relief from a debilitating foot pain. The problem is that it does so by shifting the pressure elsewhere in the body.

So, although arch supports may help relieve your foot pain, now you may have a low-back pain or something else depending on how much and to what angles they shift your body’s leverage. Some people love their arch supports but others hate them because of the new problems they often cause.

What causes foot pain

The root cause of almost all foot pain, except for that caused by direct injury, actually lies in structural issues. The abnormalities in your skelature that develop over time due to previous injuries can lead to a collapse in your body’s posture.

Posture is not about how you hold your body but rather how the body holds you. A slouched posture indicates forward vertebrae that need to be corrected to regain proper function of your skeletal framework which is to give dependable structure to your body.

A graphic showing the foot movements of pronation and supination

The vertebrae that are stuck forward can causes a twist in the hip bones that further apply a torque along the length of the leg. That causes your foot to be stuck in either pronation or supination. What that means is that your foot muscles have to work overtime to hold a stuck position that they were designed to assume momentarily for fluid foot movements. The result is pain in these foot muscles.

Photo Source:  Wikipedia3

A video is worth a million words. Watch the short presentation below in which Dr. Jeff Aberle, an ABC™ practitioner from Wisconsin, uses an animation to explain how underlying structural abnormalities can cause hip, knee, ankle, and foot pain.4 Video Source:

How ABC™ can help

Advanced BioStructural Correction™ protocol excels in correcting the body’s structure consistently and predictably. The root cause of foot, ankle, knee and hip pain is vertebra that are stuck in the forward position. That’s where ABC™ shines since it fundamentally corrects these bones that are stuck in a forward position because the body can’t self-correct them.

It naturally follows that as these vertebral anteriors are corrected and the spine regains its alignment, the corresponding forces that cause twisting and torsion cease to apply. The hip loosens up and quits applying torque to the knees and ankles. The foot lets go of the stuck pronation or supination, the muscles relax, and the pain goes away.

What’s more is that this type of result can be achieved in a relatively short period of time. Watch a short video below of a client with bad knees, for example, who felt so much better that he decided to cancel his knee surgery after just 4 sessions.

Note: What is not available here is the video of how his gait was when he first came into the office. However, if you can imagine him being five times worse than he looks in the first video, that’d be a fairly accurate depiction.