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Plantar Fasciitis = Pain + Frustration :(

Friday, December 17, 2010

Ugh.

I am so excited to be on the right track and making tangible progress on the scale, on the tape, physically, emotionally.... it's wonderful. I've been doing 20 min circuit training and walking roughly 15 miles/week on my treadmill.

Sadly, I'm now almost 100% certain that I have plantar fasciitis in at least my right foot and it is SO frustrating!! I think it's because I've been wearing shoes that are getting pretty old for putting that kind of weekly mileage on them. I have had it before several years ago, also because of shoes, and there was a NP at the doctor's office that said I had to quit running for 3 months and that shattered my progress and momentum at that time. I'm NOT doing that again. I've got to keep plugging. Also, I'm not running this time... I'm walking. It's so painful, especially in the morning right out of bed. I have to hobble to the bathroom.

I just got new shoes for meeting my first weight loss goal, but maybe I should have gotten them sooner and chosen a different reward... *sigh*.

Does anyone have any suggestions for the *best* treatment for this? Or how easy I should go on my foot and for how long? I really really don't want to slow down. If you're a doctor or physical therapist, etc. that would be great...

Thanks. :(
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  • EERUFFING
    try putting ice on your heel. Or take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), naproxen (such as Aleve), or aspirin. i am a massage therapist one idea instructors said freeze a water bottle then use it as a foot roller to stretch it and the ice is for the inflamation
    3800 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    Have a towel close to your bed. Before you get out of bed, wrap the towel around your foot and gently (I repeat...gently) pull the toe part of your foot back towards you. Here's a link that you'll have to copy and past to get to, but it should help explain what I mean: http://www.heel-that-pain.com/plant
    ar_fasciitis/exercise/plantar_f
    asciitis_exercise.php

    Also, K-Mart has a shoe very similar to the shape-ups. The brand is Thera shoe and they certainly help with this problem. Also Avon has a Curves brand shoe as well that is similar for under $40.
    3800 days ago
  • S76SMITH
    The Best thing you can do for your feet is to stretch them out. If you have a tennis ball you can roll it under your feet to ease the tendons. Stand on a Step on the balls of your feet. Slowly drop your heels til you feel the stretch in your calves or your arches in the feet. Then raise them up. I like to flex and point my feet when I am sitting down. Please don't get any cortisone shots. They don't help you and can cause more serious problems in your tendons. I hope this helps. I have the same problem. I bought the Skechers Shape Ups. They are the first pair of shoes in 20 years that I didn't have to put in arch supports. Take Care. Sue
    3800 days ago
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