So I have been quiet lately. As you may recall I went trail-running with Derek on Saturday April 7th, and ended up with a sore foot. Well, I took a week off of running, using my elliptical until Saturday April 14th. At that point the only “pain” I had was a dull throb in the front of my heel that felt like I had a rock in my shoe. (Yes, I checked. No rock.) I decided to head out for a short run of around 3 miles, with a plan of 5-7 on sunday.
The run felt awesome. My heel let up a bit, so that I wasn’t even noticing it. It always amazes me how great it feels to be out there after a break. I was enjoying it – until I passed the “mile 2” marker. My foot became more noticeable. It wasn’t excruciating, nor even bad enough to mess with my running form that I could notice. After I got back home, I stretched using static stretches held for 10 seconds. AFter showering it was tender enough that I was favoring it, so I sat down for a while.. When I stood up I almost fell over it hurt so bad. I had read descriptions of Plantar Fasciitis online where someone compared it to a nail being driven into their heel. I totally agree with this description.
Being Mr. Tech guy, I grabbed ice for my foot – and immediately began researching online. The first thing I discovered was that there is a lot of conflicting information on it. While this didn’t surprise me, it was annoying as hell. I immediately ruled out any site that mentioned cutting the Plantar Fascia or the Achilles Tendon as acceptable solutions. I then eliminated any that included orthotic inserts as a “necessary” solution. Being “A” solution was fine, just not a required one.
You would be amazed at how many that eliminated.
I tripped across the website of “Coach Ron Jones.” When I first found his site, I was sure it was going to be marketing something. If you click on the link you will see why. I was wrong, instead what he had – was a great write-up of all of the “cures” he had found or heard of – for Plantar Fasciitis. Some of them were a bit out there (hitting it with a rubber mallet for example), and others were the “same old, same old” as every other website. His BIGGEST recommendation, and what worked for him (and he did make point to say that your mileage may vary) was the “footlog.” His statement of “Behold! The Holy Grail of Foot Fixes! The $25 dollar solution to my chronic pain that has allowed me to get back my active lifestyle! ” definitely caught my attention. Especially when you note he does NOT sell it. I ordered it yesterday, and yes – I am tracking it online like an idiot:
|April 17, 2012||12:09:00 AM||Indianapolis IN US||Departure Scan|
|April 16, 2012||06:00:00 PM||Indianapolis IN US||Shipment received by carrier|
|April 16, 2012||01:47:49 PM||Whitestown IN US||Shipment has left seller facility and is in transit|
In addition to this “footlog” – he also recommended my favorite running tool – The Stick! Regarding his case of Plantar Fasciitis and the stick he said: “ Many times plantar fasciitis can actually be caused by tightness on the back of the calf muscle in the area of the soleus muscle. Using trigger point release, one can alleviate the plantar pain. I use The Stick massage tool for the trigger points on my rear calf area.” Considering my long-standing issues with my calves, this made an immense amount of sense to me. After reading this, I grabbed my stick and started going to town on my calf. I did indeed find my “Trigger Point” – on the inside of my leg. I went to town on it for a couple of minutes on it. I don’t know that it helped, but it was certainly a spot that was so tight – it hurt!
I want to pause and mention that both of these tools go very well with Maureen’s advice of massage. 🙂 unfortunately a trip to a local massage place isn’t in the budget right now – as I have to pay for the summer-programs for my kids.
Ironically he also mentioned VFFs as something that helped him.
On Sunday my foot was still painful, although somewhat better. Apparently that spot on my calf is connected (pun intended) to the pain in my foot as – now instead of just the bottom of my foot hurting, the calf and foot would throb at the same time!
While it was even better by monday, it was still hurting to walk normally, so I headed ot my doctors. I met with the nurse practitioner, who was impressed by my internet research skills. She confirmed that it was possible to cause acute Plantar Fasciitis through trauma (aka stepping on a pointy rock in almost worn through Vibram Five Finger Bikilas), and agreed that this was most likely what I was dealing with. She gave me a presription for neproxin, and encouraged the continuing of ice and my massage. She also gave me some exercises to do. She was also able to answer some questions for me.
Today at work I have a frozen water bottle that I am running back and forth under my sock-foot to ice and massage it. No longer than 20 minutes at a time!
So it looks like I have more elliptical training in my near-future. It is not as satisfying as running, but I am still just glad I have it!! I think I may stop by the YMCA to see how they do their lap-swims.