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2/24/10 5:19 P

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Stretching is a huge part of any work out. When you stretch before and after your work out, you can actually improve the productivity of that work out. If I never stretched before a race, my track coach wouldn't even let me run :o. I know it sucks, but it really is that big of a deal.

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2/24/10 1:44 P

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Thanks guys!! Stretching is my biggest downfall...in fact, by not stretching before and after weight training, I developed bursitis in my shoulders and it was so bad, I lost range of motion, couldn't sleep well at night and was constantly in pain...I just kept pushing myself...I am now in physical therapy for that and really don't feel like going for my foot. I just got new running shoes, that I got properly fitted for at a running specialty store and he said I needed the inserts, so I purchased them. It's actually been a little better this week. I ran today and I printed out the stretching exercises from the link and made it a point to stretch before AND after my run. I will also make it a point to stretch it a few more times today and keep up with it daily

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All the posts before me are absolutely correct! I have been dealing with this for a long time and finally figured out that good shoes, good inserts, proper and regular stretching are the ONLY way to keep this in check. I could barely walk about six months ago and have slowly returned to normal, but I have been very careful - I don't want it back! Take care of yourself and happy running!

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2/24/10 10:25 A

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http://www.plantarfasciitisbraces.com/plan
tar_fasciitis_stretching_exercises.html

You can also freeze a bottle of water and use it to roll through the arch and heel area of your foot. Even though you are only experiencing the pain in the a.m. you should ice in the evening and after a run. This is something you want to treat agressively and as proactively as possible. Do not let it go weeks and weeks. Ice it, stretch it, no not walk around your house barefooted, wear shoes with good arch supports (buy an insert for your running shoes). I got inserts from my podiatrist, I wear them all the time. I have had no issues since and I am able to run 20 miles a week without pain or flair ups.

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2/24/10 9:46 A

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I've had this before, in both feet. It actually is in the arch area of my feet. I also had a heel spur that was so painful. Your description of symptoms is more in line with the latter. Go to a podiatrist and get it checked out as soon as possible. I had to deal with both issues for about 6 months. Too painful to workout. I also had to get cortizone shots to help. Boy do those hurt! But I am better now. Good luck. Do not wait to see a doctor...

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I started to develop a slight pain on the back of my foot heel area. Right now, it only hurts in the morning when I first get out of bed and by the time I get downstairs (we have a colonial) it doesn't hurt anymore. I was talking to an experienced runner at work and he told me he had the same thing and was diagnosed with Plantars Fasciitis (sp).

I think I may have the start of this. He told me I may not be stretching it properly before and after I run. He showed me some exercises, but I am more of a diagram person. Does anyone know a good website to get the proper stretching techniques. I want to nip this in the butt before it gets way worse.

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