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8/23/11 8:10 P

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Heidi, don't risk your foot! Go get it looked at. If it is plantar fasciitis, it will NOT get better if you continue to run, it actually feels better while running but damage is being done and the following day, ouch! You may have partially torn the plantar fascia, not a good thing.

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8/23/11 7:38 P

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Found a couple of answers:
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The most common cause of arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of the Plantar Fascia - the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Someone with arch pain usually has inflammation of the tissues within the mid foot.
Plantar Fasciitis is caused by over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to inflammation, irritation, pain and swelling. Arch pain is more likely to happen when:
-- the feet roll inward too much (over-pronation)
-- walking, standing, or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
-- excess weight
-- tight Achilles tendons and/or calf muscles
Medical studies on foot pain found that a combination of stretching exercises and wearing a standard, off-the-shelf orthotic shoe insert is the most effective way of dealing with arch pain. This treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain.
But you do need a physician or a podiatrist, or a running coach who deals with foot injuries to look at it. You don't want it to become permanent or to rip your achilles heel.
the Plantar Fascia is a ligament, and will require more time to heal than a tendon.
Don't push it, that's my advice.

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8/23/11 10:28 A

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I would have a doctor look at it just to make sure. Better safe than sorry.

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8/23/11 9:21 A

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I'm currently training for the USAF 10k. I did a series of 1/2 marathons last year and got burnt out so this year I figured I'd take a step back and just do some shorter races. Lately after almost every training run I've been getting really bad cramps in the arch of my foot, even sometimes stretching out a few days later they will come back. I think I have a knot in there and have been trying to work it out with a tennis ball, but it's still killing me.

So the question is, could I have hurt myself, and need to take a little bit of time off (I really don't want to this close to the race!) or is there something else I can do keep moving?


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