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Old 04-28-2005, 04:39 PM   #1
Jeremy Jones
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Started out as an annoyance I have had for the last couple of weeks. Just a slight pain in front of the heel, closer to the arch of the foot. I have been doing some running to improve my mile times (about 3 times a week), and last night I was running sprints (about 200m).

My third sprint my arch and heel started killing me! I thought is was a bruised heel, but I am not so sure now. I was on my toes the entire time (as I usually am, even during the mile runs). I have decent running shoes, and I haven't really ran more than a mile in almost two months.

Today I am having trouble walking. Any weight I put on this foot is causing me pain (not just the heel).

Anyone have symptoms like this? What should I do to speed recovery?
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Old 04-28-2005, 04:51 PM   #2
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Plantar Fasciitis. Differentiated from a heel spur, in large part, because it hurts when you don't have pressure on the heel. The plantar fascia is like a coiled spring connecting your heel to the ball of your foot, mostly behind the big toe. You obviously ****ed yours off.

Rest, ice, and cross-friction massage is a good way to begin rehab.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-29-2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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Whoa. that was fast. (I was hoping that Dr. Hunter would chime in).



This community is awsome.


Much Thanks - Do you know how long it takes for something like this to heal comletely? I know that a lot of these injuries can start to feel better, but can aren't completely healed for much longer. Is there a danger of that here?
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Old 04-29-2005, 10:48 AM   #4
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Jeremy;

Depending on the severity you might want to look at wearing a night splint. I went thru the ice, rest, etc. and found that getting a night splint helped more than anything.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:33 AM   #5
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Plantar Fasciitis can suck. Had a friend who had it and it took a long time for it to go away. Echo Mr. Hunter's recommendations. Custom shoe inserts might be worth looking into as well. Good luck.
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Old 04-29-2005, 11:44 AM   #6
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Dr. Hunter? Mr. Hunter? What's the deal? I'm still a weak little CF newb compared to you guys.

I like Will or William :-)

Splints and inserts are both excellent ideas. PF sucks because...well...it's your foot, and you're always on it. It's not like a sore wrist.

Running and jumping are probably the worst exacerbators of this problem, so I'd limit myself to exercises where your feet stay planted on the ground. At least for a week or two. Then test it out gingerly.

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Old 04-29-2005, 04:50 PM   #7
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Will, just using a more 'official' title.


I have inserts for my shoes and I plan on avoiding running (which I don't like to do anyway). The inserts aren't 'custom' they are just made out of memory foam and seem to make a difference.

Night Splint? What is that?
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Old 04-29-2005, 04:58 PM   #8
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It holds your foot at a 90 to your lower leg, thus keeping the PF stretched out during sleep.
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Old 04-30-2005, 09:03 AM   #9
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I had some fun with this a while back after a 10km run.

Will's massage suggestion did a lot of good.

Don't run or jump. And be carefull with the O-lifts...that's jumping too.

I had pain for about 3 weeks, at that point I started running again but only on treadmills. Occasionally I'd get some pain back, but the next day it'd be fine. I kept using the treadmills for a couple more weeks before going back to normal running. No problems since.
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Old 05-01-2005, 06:58 PM   #10
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Don't really have anything useful to add here, except my sympathy. I got PF pretty often from fencing, until I stopped stomping my front foot so hard. Even so, I still suffer from time to time. But worse than that are my coach's stationary lessons. Nothing quite like holding a squat for an hour while people hit you with long metal objects.
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