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3/3/11 1:51 P

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Glad that you are feeling better...

Exercise to be fit, not skinny.Eat to nourish your body.and Always Ignore the doubter, haters, and unhealthy examples that were feeding you. YOu are worth more than you realize." From the Fitness Facebook page..

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3/3/11 1:22 P

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THANKS EVERYBODY!!!!!!
GREAT advice--all of it!!!
I did them all, too! emoticon

Yesterday I stretched and iced my foot (as described below) and took ibuprofen. I started trying to practice my Zumba routines--low impact--but even still, I got some painful twinges. Then I took WEBAMS advice and just practiced "in my head"--listening to the songs, visualizing the moves, and jotting down choreography notes. Hey! It really helped me to retain the steps in my mind!! Thanks!!

Then I (reluctantly) skipped Zumba Toning l(with my friend and Zumba-mentor Elizabeth) and RESTED my feet.. (boorrrring!!...) and stretched and iced some more (thanks for the tip about rolling my feet on frozen water bottle--felt great!!)

I did some research online about plantar fasciatis, and I'm almost positive that's what I have. I ordered some new (expensive!) shoes designed for PF and will get them in a few days..

This AM, my feet feel much better!! I went to Wendy's Zumba class because she is more "dancey" and lower impact than Tina, who is more "fitness" and high impact.
My feet still feel OK..

THANKS!!!!! emoticon emoticon



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SPAGIRL516's Photo SPAGIRL516 Posts: 58
3/3/11 8:28 A

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thanks for posting!! a lot of good preventative options here too!!

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3/2/11 11:21 P

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Good advice, ALL. The stretching will be very important for you. You can use rollers, golf balls, icing, massage. I think it is very important to see a M D or chiropracter, so you can get specific remedies for your condition. When you are teaching, I think it is an excellent example if you have to say something like, "I have some stuff going on with my feet, so I am going to keep it low impact today". If you need help with high impact you can look at.......".there'll be someone they can model. I think it's important to teach options. Many of the students have problems too. emoticon

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TERRI289's Photo TERRI289 Posts: 16,213
3/2/11 9:40 P

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Get thee to a foot doctor, stat!! When I finally saw mine in Dec, my poor left leg has a heel spur, plantar fascitis, and achilles tendonitis.. I sleep with a night splint which has helped a lot and use orthotics that were doctor prescribed.

Use ice, stretch whenever you can(make it often), and get it checked out, I wish that I had gone to the doctor sooner,.

Get better quickly!

Exercise to be fit, not skinny.Eat to nourish your body.and Always Ignore the doubter, haters, and unhealthy examples that were feeding you. YOu are worth more than you realize." From the Fitness Facebook page..

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3/2/11 3:17 P

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ou should definitely see a foot doctor. I personally do not like Bloch shoes and those split soled sneakers. Even though I have high arches, I have some arthritis in my left foot. It always hurts. I have had foot surgery to remove a bone spur on top but it kind of returned, Anyway, I generally like Nikes and I put into them the green colored "Happy feet" or Smart Feet insoles. You can get them at City Sports, EMS or a Running Shoe storeplace. I teach 4 Zumba classes a week plus a Zumba Toning 1-2x a week.
Be sure to stretch the feet in the warm up section. But do see a foot doctor, OK?

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3/2/11 3:02 P

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Definitely check with a doctor because you might have a bone spur. In the interim you could try stretching your feet if you don't already do so. I know I didn't do a good job of stretching my whole foot. I would stretch my ankles and toes but didn't do a lot for my entire foot. My trainer showed me how to use a tennis ball is help stretch and massage my feet. You take the tennis ball and put into under your heel. Have the ball of your foot and toes and the floor. Slowly move the tennis ball along your foot - curling your foot over the ball as much as possible. Your heel should be toward the floor when the tennis ball is at the ball of your foot. For the top of your foot, you can kneel on the floor. Take one foot at a time and place it behind you - the top of the foot and shin should be on the floor. You can lean back a little into that leg to get a deeper stretch. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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3/2/11 12:43 P

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If nothing has changed, and you regularly change your sneakers that are worn out, (I change mine every 3 months) then see a doctor! :)

I swear by my Reebok Zigs. They are AMAZING.

Learning routines w/o being hard on your feet? Well...I would say for one, LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN to your music. I tend to practice a couple of times on foot, then listen to the music as I am driving or whatever and I find that if I can mentally pick out the changes and the steps, then I can practice again after awhile, and THEN it comes rather quickly.

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3/2/11 12:34 P

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Hi Zumba Lovers!

Recently I've been experiencing more and more foot pain--after Zumba, and after work, and now, pretty much all the time!
I work as a pharmacist and am on my feet for 6-11 hours at a time (depending on the length of my shift) and I literally don't sit down once all day! I usually wear one of several pairs of comfortable sneakers or a pair of rubber-soled clogs that are made for people who stand all day.
I also do a lot of Zumba--about 6 hours a week on average. I wear Bloch or Sansha split-sole dance sneakers, which I've never had any problems with for the 2&1/2 years that I've been doing Zumba!
Yesterday at Zumba (after an 8 hr shift at work), I was feeling OK for the first 30 min or so--but then my feet (especially the heels!!) began to hurt so that I had to finish the workout very low-impact and wasn't enjoying myself at all.. (which is highly unusual!!!).
Any advice for heel pain??
Any wonderful shoes (for work or Zumba) that you swear by??
Any magic orthotic inserts you can buy for this??

I NEED some advice!! I need to practice my routines, because I will be subbing for one of our gym's most popular instructors in a few weeks--and I HAVE to be good!!
Any advice for learning routines without being hard on the feet??

Thank You to anyone who has any advice for me!!!!!

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