Who’s suffering from Plantar Fasciitis? I am! I’ve known I had foot pains for over a year now. In my both heels, I’ve had this persistent pain that almost feels like the heel bone (calcaneus) was cracking. It has been more painful right after I get out of my bed than the rest of the day. I suspected that it was PF and knew I had to do something about it. But I did not do much and let it develop to a full blown case of PF, at least in the right foot. Having the pain for over a year, I was pretty much discouraged about the prospect of future running. On this past Sunday, however, when the track team met for the first team practice, I decided that I’d treat the pain and put it behind as soon as possible. After all, I have already signed up (and paid) for three races before the spring ends. And then, the track season goes into the full gear. You might call it belated New Year’s resolution. I will try to document my treatment here, so you know I keep up with my resolution.
Just so it’s clear, I am not consulting with professional about treatment. This has been my self-diagnosis and all the treatment I am planning is from online resources. This might sound silly and imprudent, but I don’t have a good track record with professionals. I am going to try available treatment while listening to my body, unless my body starts screaming I should do otherwise.
Here is the list of what I am going to try, not in any particular order:
- Night splints
- Shoe inserts
- Epsom salt soak
- Stretch calf muscles
- Stretch plantar fascia
In the past two days, I’ve done everything but swimming. I bought night splints and inserts at Walgreens. The difference is rather impressive, especially the use of night splints. Yes, it’s uncomfortable to have to wear it in the bed, but I don’t have much time. Epsom salt soak in warm water seems ease the pain, although I ice my foot after the soak, so that plantar fascia is not left with inflammation. Stretching and massaging also make it feel better. I almost feel I can run without much pain. From tomorrow on, I will try to be more specific and document whatever I do in details.
Wish me luck!