I Have Plantar Fasciitis

by Shawn Collins on October 17, 2011

A month or so ago, I had bad pain in my heels when I got out of bed. It got better as the day went on, but the pain continued the following mornings.

Foot on nailsAfter a little research, I found that I had a symptom of Plantar Fasciitis, which occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused.

It was uncomfortable, but I was dealing with it. It’s something that happens to lots of runners, and I found that it most often affects active men ages 40 – 70. Nice – I am 41. Welcome to being old.

Last Thursday, I went to a conference, and as I was walking around, I had some pain. I chalked it up to a sore foot from pivoting around as I coached 5-year-olds in soccer the night before.

But it got worse fast. I felt like I was going to drop to the floor with this feeling like nails were being driven into my left heel.

It was so bad that I went home.

I tried to power through it with Advil, but finally went to the doctor today and got the official word that it’s a textbook case of Plantar Fasciitis.

Fortunately, there are some pretty cheap remedies that should work (I hope!).

My doctor recommended icing my heels a few times a day, heel stretching exercises, Aleve twice a day as needed, heel cups, and night foot splints.

Also, I need to stop running for a while. Looks like I’ll be walking and biking when I can diminish the pain a bit.

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Tricia Meyer October 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I got it 2 years ago after I started using my treadmill desk regularly. The good news is that I was able to get it better relatively quickly and still train for the half marathon a month or so later.

I did the heel stretches, the heel cups, and the night splints combined with ibuprofen. The bad news is that it still comes back and haunts me every now and again. :(

Shawn Collins October 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm

My heel cups came today – I am planning to take my time returning back to running to stall getting it again if I can.

Oli October 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

My wife thinks she may have something similar to this, she has been having heel pain and it has slowly been getting worse. She usually feels the most pain in the mornings, which is apparently an indicator of this problem, so if the heel cups work, let me know!

Shawn Collins October 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Painful heels in the morning were the start of it for me, but I sort of blew it off, and now I regret it.

The heel cups seem to be working so far, as well as icing, and foot exercises.

Tell her to try the exercises at http://www.footminders.com/plantar-fasciitis-exercises.html

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