After treating the pubic bone, pelvis and spine work down the leg to the knee and check to see if there are any Restriction Indicators (RI)s present in the knee or calf. If there is foot or toe pain these may be helpful. Remain in the position for 90 seconds.
Treating Foot pain/stiffness
PreTest Assessment for pain or stiffness with movements:
Find any posture or movement such as walking that is painful and repeat this test after you are done with treatment. First try treating the pubic bone and the pelvis but if the foot pain persists then look down the leg and finally at the foot.
Pull the toes up in the air toward the knee-how far can they go? How much does it hurt (0= no pain and 10= worst pain imagineable?
Repeat each of these tests for motion and any pain or stiffness rating these 0-10/10 for each of the following movements:
Point toes down toward the ground-ballerina point.
Circle foot to the right and Circle foot to the left.
Interpreting these results:
The direction you find the most pain and the most difficulty moving is the direction you are restricted from moving into. The direction that is the most comfortable is the direction you are stuck into. This is similar to a bowstring pulling the two ends of the bow into a taut position. By bringing the two ends of the bow toward each other you can release this taught position. In the body by bringing the body part into the position it is stuck into you can release this restriction.
Locating Restriction Indicators:
Go to the opposite side of the foot from the painful movement-i.e. if lifting the toes up toward the knee hurts worse, look on the bottom side of the foot. If pointing the toes down toward the ground is more painful look on the top of the foot.
Next look along the surface of the foot that is most comfortable to move into such as lifting the toes up toward the knee then look on the top of the foot.
Find small areas of tenderness (Restriction Indicators-RI) that are painful along this surface-look on all surfaces of the foot bones (top, sides, and front). Check both sides of this RI until you find the worst RI in this area.
Keep this Restriction Indicator (RI) marked with your finger or something small to push with.
Next find the position of the foot that reduces this RI to as close to 0/10 as possible.
With each position change recheck the RI briefly but do not sustain pressure on the RI.
Stop pushing on this RI once you have found this position of 0/10.
Start the clock and remain in this very specific position for 90 seconds.
After the 90 seconds bring the foot back to the neutral position and recheck the RI.
Post Test Assessment
Finally repeat the pretest movement that was painful or stiff and assess if you resolved or improved the problem. Is the pain less or gone? Can you move the foot farther?
If you now find the position that was previously painful to be comfortable but another movement is painful-find the RIs on the other surface and repeat the technique.
Repeat on any RIs that are found.
Checking for RIs without any pain can prevent the pain from coming back.