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  • #16
    Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

    I had a moderate case and went to see this old, eccentric podiatrist (circa 1976). He made me a pair of custom orthotics from a rubbery mold (this is still before commercial orthotics came on the market. I had been off of running for a week and had a marathon in a week. I asked how long before I should run and he said 'about an hour' -- and it was. The foot was not a problem in the race.

    I eventually started gluing spenco insole to the orthotics, which worked for several years but eventually I go a pretty persistent cases (as in years-long persistent). I was able to resume training at a much lower level after some months off but whenever I built up it got sensitive -- sometimes I would finish my workout doing a race walk because the stresses were different.

    At that point I turned to racing on the bike for several years. A decade later I wanted to gear up for a marathon and run 2:40 at 40 but the foot went several weeks before the race. I eventually weened myself from the various inserts and run without any now, but my running is pretty modest all around (duration and pace).

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    • #17
      Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

      Thanks for the new replies. Glad to know I am not alone although of course I know of others who have had it...just never thought it would happen to me. But then lots of things are happening to my body that are only for old people. Compared to my husband who needs both hips and both knees replaced I am in fine shape!

      I got orthotics today and went for a short walk/run on a chip trail. Can't say my feet feel any better but I will persist and if things don't improve I will see someone. I know a couple of people who make orthotics so have connections. 8-)

      I had frozen shoulder for almost two years....I remember thinking that I would have pain in my shoulders forever. I literally could not remember what it was like to have mobility and be pain free. But I DID get better and so I can get over this.

      My plan right now is to wear orthotics, do strecthed (I have tight calves, roll a ball under my footand ice). I will TRY and be patient.

      Too bad I don't like almost any other form of exercise...I will go to fitness classes and I am signing up for yoga for runners for class...my fifth attempt at liking yoga. ops:

      Oh and odessa-I think I am like you! My husband thinks I should run faster for shorter distances and being an exprinter I am good with that. He says I pronate more when I jog. Oh yippee repeat 200m...hahaha.

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      • #18
        Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

        Hi
        For me it all started with plantar fasciitis. The best cardio exercise for someone with plantar fasciitis is swimming and riding a bicycle. I used to run and I got plantar fasciitis so I started to swim and cycle. Today I’m better with my PF so I ended up as a triathlete. I have finished my first olympic triathlon race two months ago. It did not all happen in one day - I am talking about 3 years now.
        There are many things you can do to treat your PF although I understood that treatment efficiency is very individual. If something works for one it will not necessarily work for the other.
        I have found taping very useful. Taping will keep your foot from getting injured again and will help you get through your daily routine and exercises.
        Take care & Good luck

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        • #19
          Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

          short term - orthotics, taping, stretching, strengthening, motion control shoes
          long term - strengthening, stretching (pull toes toward knee)

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          • #20
            Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

            I had a severe case (as in walking down stairs backwards in the mornings) in 95- and had grown a heel spur as a result. Took 1 month off before seeing a doc who recommended strong doses of ibuprofin daily, stretched whole leg (from toes all the way up to quads and hammies and hip) and did arch strengthening and icing daily. Woke up pain free after about a week or so, and pain free when I started running again in another few weeks. When it would start up again with small amounts of discomfort, I would just increase calf stretching time to keep it at bay.
            I liked my docs routine- he said try all of this, and if unsucessful, move to a night boot to stretch, and only coritsone or surgery as a last result.

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            • #21
              Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

              Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common complaints that I treat. I find that the combination of deep tissue massage from a highly skilled fascial therapist; self massage using foam roller therapy; and corrective exercise to be a very successful treatment.

              Here is an article with self massage exercises specific to treating plantar fasciitis.

              http://tao-fit.com/self-treatment-for-plantar-fasciitis

              Jesse James
              http://www.tao-fit.com

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              • #22
                Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

                Originally posted by jjreth
                Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common complaints that I treat. I find that the combination of deep tissue massage from a highly skilled fascial therapist; self massage using foam roller therapy; and corrective exercise to be a very successful treatment.

                Here is an article with self massage exercises specific to treating plantar fasciitis.

                http://tao-fit.com/self-treatment-for-plantar-fasciitis

                Jesse James
                http://www.tao-fit.com
                What data besides the "testimonials" support your "very successful treatment" statement?
                "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
                by Thomas Henry Huxley

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                • #23
                  Re: Anyone had Plantar Fasciitis?

                  Originally posted by Pego
                  Originally posted by jjreth
                  Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common complaints that I treat. I find that the combination of deep tissue massage from a highly skilled fascial therapist; self massage using foam roller therapy; and corrective exercise to be a very successful treatment.

                  Here is an article with self massage exercises specific to treating plantar fasciitis.

                  http://tao-fit.com/self-treatment-for-plantar-fasciitis

                  Jesse James
                  http://www.tao-fit.com
                  What data besides the "testimonials" support your "very successful treatment" statement?
                  Since when did infomercials need data?

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