Plantar fasciitis solved!

One of the things I’ve been dealing with this year that has hampered my weight loss and working out has been planter fasciitis.  However I think I might be over that or at leas on my way to being over it! For those that have dealt with this you know how painful this is.  Here’s how I got over it.

First things first I just stopped running.  I felt fine running, but in the morning, after waking up, it was like I was stepping on sharp glass.  I did this round about the time my second son was born (late August) so that was a good time to do this.  I waited until late September or early October before I tried to run again.  I still had the pain.  Let me back up a second.  From late August to late September/October I was stretching it, as if it was a calf issue (think calf stretch). All the time, or any time I could get.  That helped when I was in pain sitting at my desk, but in the morning it was still pretty painful.

So I did kettlebells for awhile and only walked on the treadmill.  That was fine, but I still wanted to run (I really like lifting weights and doing kettlebells but you really have to concentrate and with running I can ‘zone out’).  Some how I ended up on the Fit For Real Life Site and I started looking through what she had to say.  The one article that really stuck out that I think helped the most was this one: What To Do When You’ve Got Pain In Your Lower Leg, Foot, Or Toes I started doing the sitting on my heals at least twice a day. At first this was super painful and I couldn’t handle it for more than 10 seconds.  Over time I was able to build up and I’m at the point now, where I don’t think it’s helping that much, but I still do it prior and after a workout!  The next one that I found that I’m not sure has helped, but I think it has, was this one for tight calves: Tight Calves: Why, How, & What To Do With Them  I don’t use a yoga mat, as I don’t have one, but I use a small kettlebell to prop my foot up against.  First time I did it I thought I was going to pop a muscle.  Next time it was 100% better.  The third time was just like the first.  So I continue to do it and I think it’s helped. Oh and walking around barefoot when I can!

In between all of the above, I’ve been stretching my hips quite a bit. Since I sit at a desk (now I stand about 50% of the time thankfully) I think this is super important.  I could do it more and I could probably do it better.

The result of all of the above is that I’m currently running 8 minutes (11 minutes walking, 8 minutes running, 11 minutes running) and feel like I could do more, but I’m taking it easy (part of the reason I think this happened was because I pushed it to fast).  Next week I’ll do 10,10,10.  Hopefully by the time spring arrives I’ll be back to where I was when I ‘quit’ running to fix this, which was a 4 mile run in about 45 minutes…or something like that.  Who knows maybe I’ll be a heck of a lot better and stronger by the time spring hits (new PR’s would be great!)!

Let me just say that I haven’t had this diagnosed as planter fasciitis, but from what I’ve read it probably is that.  Additionally I’m not a doctor and nor do I play one on TV, so please use your own best judgement.  This is just what has worked for me.

Growing up Montana: The Slough

Digital Montana Photography -Noise Suppression: Early Morning Snow

The above photo is taken about 25 yards away from where I grew up.  This slough, or backwater, provided endless amounts of fun in the winter time.  It wasn’t as accessible in the spring and summer, but the winter was the best.

The winter provided us with a chance to go sledding down a hill that was pretty steep.  And when we got a fresh amount of snow, and school was cancelled, that’s where we’d be.  The only major injury, that I’m aware of, is my little brother’s knee getting banged up.  Other than that sledding down this hill was a blast. Short and fast!  Not sure I’d let my kids go down it, but hey we did it so maybe one day they will get that opportunity.

Once the back waters froze we’d walk from our house down to a local park that is at one end.  We’d see deer foot prints and human foot prints that sometimes would freak us out a little bit, but we were usually armed…with BB guns!  There was the two of us and a neighbor friend that would make these treks and adventure.