Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Plantar Fasciitis

Total suckage here. I'm working on healing up my foot now thanks to plantar fasciitis. I walked almost 6 miles on Saturday, 3 on Sunday with quite a bit of pain, and then a slowish 1.77 on Monday, and by then, I was in a LOT of pain. I can't walk at all barefoot, esp when I first get up in the morning, so have to have shoes on even at home (thank goodness for my crocs!!). And doing any kind of light walking (like going into stores for instance) leaves me in pain. So for now, all walking has been halted to let this heal. I've also begun doing stretches, icing it, etc. And I'm shoe shopping again, and will be headed to a podiatrist soon. On the one hand, I'm glad to know about this now so I can be prepared come November for the 3 Day, but I'm also extremely frustrated. With the added walking, my weight has really begun dropping, and the weather has been so beautiful, I want to be out in it. I don't want anything derailing me!

My basic plan right now, is to baby it til this weekend, and then maybe get in a slow mile in new shoes. A very slow mile. If that feels ok, I'll add more distance, though certainly not the 6 miles I WANTED to do this weekend again. :( But hopefully, if I do this the right way, I'll be back doing long walks in no time.

1 comment:

Thrice Blessed said...

I have that and it really sucks. First thing to do is ALWAYS wear shoes with good arch supports and cushioned heels, avoid going barefoot if you can help.

They also sell a boot that you can wear while sleeping that keeps the plantar fascia stretched so it doesn't tighten up so much at night.

I found one surprising thing, if I run in place on a rebounder (mini trampoline) the way it causes the bottom of my foot to bend up at the toes REALLY looses the plantar fascia, and the pain stays away as long as I do that a few times a week.

I wouldn't start the rebounder until the pain is a little more in control though, give it time to just heal first, and then try 10 minutes or so on a rebounder if you can, you'll be surprised at how it helps.