Thursday, September 4, 2008

Fighting off Planter Fasciitis

I have taken off the past 1.5 weeks from running due to a mild to average case of Planter Fasciitis. As you can see from the picture, the pain is near the center of the arch in my left foot. This freaked me out at first, but after reading a few dozen different medical facts (and opinions) on the subject I settled down and decided to take action. I ended up taking a few steps as suggested and came up with a few of my own that have really helped.

What was the Ailment?
"Dull and mild" to severe pain in the arch of my foot.

Why do I think this happened?
Too much running on the balls of my feet up all the freaking hills where I live.

What was my treatment?
1.5 weeks of the following:

  • Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
  • Anti-Inflammatory Meds (3x200mg/day)
  • Daily Massage with hand-held massager
  • Put the sandals away for now
  • Tried not to walk barefoot so I wore an old pair of high arch running shoes around the house
  • Wore a foot brace to bed to keep my arch neutral
  • Wore at least 2 pairs of socks with my dress shoes to give additional support to my arch
These are just a few of the things I've done over the past week. I am back in the gym tonight and should be in full form in about 1-3 weeks based on how the next few weeks go. I'll check back with updates as they come.

1 comment:

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  Sunday run in the rain.