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Old 07-14-2005, 09:48 AM   #1
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Anyone have any magic answers for heel pain? I am almost positive it is plantar fascitis (not sure if that is spelled right). It is killing me and slowing me down.
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:41 PM   #2
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Tough one.

Try some (or all) of these:

-freeze a soda bottle and roll out/massage the painful area several times a day.

-stretch: calf (both straight and bent knees), hamstring, glutes...this is what really helped me the most

-the PF sock: makes you sleep with your toe pulled upwards

-DMSO therapy. I had mixed results with this...sometimes it relieved pain and inflammation and sometimes it didn't.

-stop doing activities that hurt it. for me, this was running and jumping rope.

-wear a shoe with a larger heel (this takes pressure off, and is more of a quick fix for the pain, rather than a treatment)

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Old 07-14-2005, 03:36 PM   #3
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Number one solution reported by those who have conquered their PF: shoe inserts that provide meaningful arch support. Sure, it's better if your feet are strong enough so you don't need them but if you have pain you need to change something. The strengthening exercises usually offered don't seem to help many people.

Stretching is second. Try both.
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Old 07-15-2005, 05:43 AM   #4
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If these measures don't help enough, there are some phenomenal soft tissue techniques out there, used mainly by DC's and PT's. You can check out Active Release Technique and the Graston Instruments. I've had success with some very stubborn cases of PF and heel spurs as well. Downside- costs you money.
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Old 07-18-2005, 01:23 PM   #5
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I coach cross country and have had kids get this, now I understand what it feels like. I have run for over 30 years and have never had this problem, I guess I will just have to run at night, morning is a killer. I have found that if I can just get going that the pain is tolerable. I don't think anything else is going to work. I might try to get a doctor to give me a cortisone shot, I am aggrevated because my workouts are going well right now.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:41 PM   #6
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Check out this site:
http://www.runningbarefoot.org/

Susanne, are you doing the WOD? You can prevent detraining while you figure out this problem.
Robb
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Old 07-18-2005, 09:06 PM   #7
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These also:
http://aeishoes.com/introduction.html
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Old 07-19-2005, 07:14 AM   #8
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Hey Robb,
It's me Lisa in Oklahoma. Yes, Susanne has been doing the WOD (sometimes doing the electric fence workout) She is my only female "big dog" at CrossFit BootCamp. :o) We definitley don't have to worry about her detraining.

Thanks for the advice guys and hang in there Susanne.
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Old 07-19-2005, 09:44 AM   #9
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Hey Lisa.......I am going to inject my own foot, I also thought maybe if I hit it real hard on the opposite side with like a hammer that it would take my mind off the other side.......my real solution is this.....only run distance at night, once I get about a half mile it is tolerable, that is why I ran at 10:00 pm last night. Other than maybe getting mugged, it is really a pretty good time to run.
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Old 07-19-2005, 11:56 AM   #10
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William, could you elaborate a little on your experience with A.R.T. and Graston technique with PF?
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