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CRIM12 SparkPoints: (3,878)
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7/15/13 6:35 P

Thanks everyone. You all have confirmed what I am pretty sure it is an was hoping it wasn't. Thanks for all the advise. Looks like I'll be taking some time off from running, and I was really enjoying myself too. Hmm maybe I can take up biking.

JESSAELINN SparkPoints: (17,454)
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7/15/13 3:26 P

I like all the advice that has been given so far. It is everything I've been told to do and have been trying as well. My heel pain started when I began to run. I stopped running, still wear the shoes I have, and now walk 4.3mph. The heel pain is still there, but not has pronounced, and it is improving. But it is not improving as quickly as I'd have hoped. So, that tells me I have not the proper fitting shoes and should try that next. I hope you figure out what helps ease the pain and tension on the heel tendons!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,461
7/15/13 2:25 P

I'd agree that plantar fasciitis is something you might want to look into a little further. Here's a link to learn more about it:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_a-z_de
tail.asp?AZ=361


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

MSLATISHA SparkPoints: (3,226)
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7/15/13 1:42 P

Try wearing an arch support in your shoe. I have had this pain for about 3 years now and I believe it is due to plantar fascitis (google the term for more info). I found a nice arch support insert at walmart that helps. I have one that wraps around my foot when I wear tennis shoes and a gel arch support for my flats. I wear heels on occassion and do not wear any arch support when I do. The pain varies. I can go days without the pain and days when the pain is very bad. It hurts the most when I have been off of my foot for an extended period of time. I wore heels for years and I believe the injury is due to wearing improper shoes, as well as, the pressure that I put on my foot when I would exercise on the elliptical machine. I remember exactly when the pain started and it was following exercising on the elliptical. I saw a doctor once about it and he just agreed with what I found on the internet and told me to stretch out the muscle.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,056)
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7/15/13 1:34 P

The first step would definitely be to get to a proper running store for a fitting... don't just pull something cute off the rack at a big box store. :) A running store can analyze your stance, gait, and feet to find the right fit. It made a HUGE difference for me, and I now am able to run without shin splints.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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7/15/13 1:18 P

Sounds like possibly plantar fasciitis to me as well. Is it noticeably worse in the morning when you first start walking? If so, I'd say it's highly likely. The only thing you can do is basically rest, rest, rest and ice. Massaging it with a tennis ball can also help as it will increase blood flow.

This is a real pain in the butt injury because you can be symptom free for quite some time and then one bout of running aggravates it all over again. I've read of people who have battled it for years. The key is to catch it early which means staying off of it, let it get fixed and SLOWLY reintroduce running.

ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
7/15/13 12:11 P

It sounds like plantar fascitis (sp). Check your shoes. A good pair of running shoes are a must. In the mean time, what worked for me, was to get a water bottle, freeze it with water in it and roll it around under your foot. Helps stretch out the tendon that is causing the pain.

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7/15/13 12:05 P

I started the couch to 5k program recently and after I get back from working out my heals hurt. The pain isn't right away, typically I'll take my shoes off, fix breakfast and when I get up from eating my heals will hurt so much I can't really put much weight on them. It is only the heal towards the back and I'll end up walking on the balls of my feet until the pain goes away which will be a few hours.

I am not sure it's the running but more of the walking part that is causing this. When I run my foot will land mid foot with the heel never touching the ground but In standing and walking I put a lot of pressure on my heals and the faster I walk the harder my foot strikes the ground.

The terrain I run on is varied. Concrete, asphalt, rocky path, and path with snake holes.

Also some days when I get up the arch of my foot is very stiff and I'll have to walk around a bit to loosen it up.


Now I know a forum post is no substitute for a doctor consultation, and being the hypochondriac that I am if I had health insurance an the means I would be going to a doctor instead, but being the situation as it is, has anyone experienced what I am describing and if so how did you fix it?

I am hoping this is something better running shoes should fix so I will be getting new ones next week or so.

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