Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
RELLIMTENAJ's Photo RELLIMTENAJ Posts: 3,270
2/4/12 12:21 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Robin, I'm so glad you found some shoes that fit just right. You sound like me, trying on pair after pair... lol...

Do a lot of stretching during the day, but not first thing in the morning. Let your muscles and ligaments warm up a bit first. You can also roll your foot on a small ball... some use tennis balls, but I like the blue spikey dryer balls. After a workout you can use a frozen can of juice and roll your foot on it.... kills two birds... you ice and roll at the same time.

Also, there are night braces to wear that keep your foot in a flexed position which doesn't allow the ligaments to shorten overnight. You can see them at FootSmart.com.

Do see a doctor if it doesn't go away, but hoping it will.

Janet

Thornton Sparkers Team Leader
SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Walking Program Co-Leader

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

Don't look at life as "you have to," view it as "you get to." It puts the fun back in things.


 Pounds lost: 17.0 
 
0
21.25
42.5
63.75
85
ROBINCT135's Photo ROBINCT135 Posts: 126
2/4/12 11:36 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Janet, thanks so much for the info! The bottom of my heel usually hurts in the morning, after a few steps, then gets a little better...then as the day goes on, worse...like you described. I definitely didn't have 300-500 miles on my shoes, because I hadn't been walking regularly for the past three years (and the shoes are about three years old). I never stopped to think that the rubber could dry out, but that makes sense.

I didn't realize that my "old" shoes were worn, because it wasn't apparent at all by looking at them, and they felt nice and cushy, but I thought, still supportive. That was...until I went shoe shopping this morning and tried on running shoes. Compared to the new shoes, my old shoes felt like they didn't have any support left...sort of felt "broken down" compared to the new ones I tried on.

I wound up buying a pair of New Balance trail runners that fit great. I wound up getting them at Kohl's only because I had a store credit, but I made sure I got the pair that fit perfectly (after trying on about twelve different pairs). I tried on (very expensive) Nike's, which seemed to have not much support, Asics, which just didn't fit quite right, Fila...which were too wide...so, seems the best for me are the New Balance.

Thanks again for your help and ideas...I am hoping that the pain goes away soon (and will check in to let you know)

Robin


 current weight: 174.0 
 
178
167.25
156.5
145.75
135
RELLIMTENAJ's Photo RELLIMTENAJ Posts: 3,270
2/4/12 12:08 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
It could be plantar fascitis. PF occurs when micro tears occur causing inflamation in the fascia and yes it can cause heel pain. It can be caused by a tight achilles and calf muscles, old shoes and many other things. The pain is often most concentrated in the morning making it hard to put the foot on the floor. After some steps it can get better but may worsen as the day wears on.

If your shoes are over a year old you may want to look at getting new ones. Sometimes it's hard to see where they are broken down. Shoes are usually only good for 300 to 500 miles, but age alone can be a cause for them to breakdown due to the rubber drying out. Also you might want to go to a running shoe store and have them analyze your gait and type of feet you have (this should be free). Your shoes may not be right for you.

If you can walk and the pain doesn't get worse give it a try. However, if it gets worse or doesn't want to go away, go see a good sports podiatrist. You don't want to make things worse.

Janet

Thornton Sparkers Team Leader
SparkPeople's Official 5K Your Way Walking Program Co-Leader

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

Don't look at life as "you have to," view it as "you get to." It puts the fun back in things.


 Pounds lost: 17.0 
 
0
21.25
42.5
63.75
85
ROBINCT135's Photo ROBINCT135 Posts: 126
2/3/12 9:10 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi, I got impatient with my beginning workout (walking on the treadmill), and decided to step things up a notch (not smart of me) and started running (but only for a minute).
Well, I did something (ouch), because, the bottom of my left heel feels like someone stabbed it (for lack of a better description).
I've iced it, and have tried to stay off my feet for the past week...the pain comes and goes.
Anyway, today, I decided to walk on the treadmill (for the first time in about a week), because I really miss walking. I took it really slow (to the point that I didn't feel like it was a workout) and did okay...the pain is not getting worse, so I guess that's a good sign.
Does this sound like it's plantar fascitis?
I bought new inserts for my shoes (Scholl's for pain-arthritis), because I cannot afford custom orthotics, but I'm not sure if I need new walking or running shoes (mine don't seem worn out).
Is it safe to continue my treadmill walking if I still have some pain?

Robin


 current weight: 174.0 
 
178
167.25
156.5
145.75
135
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Treadmill , Elliptical , Runners, Walkers & Etc. General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
HOW IS YOUR ENERGY LEVEL TODAY? (1-10) 7/14/2014 10:20:08 AM
HI, New to the team 7/6/2014 11:19:51 AM
Exercise and increased food intake 8/26/2013 8:40:11 PM
walk 2/27/2014 9:38:36 PM
GIVING THANKS in NOVEMBER 11/2/2013 6:11:00 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x2560x46405630

Review our Community Guidelines