Monday, October 3, 2011

Damn you Plantar fasciitis! Damn you!

Two summers ago I started a jogging program. There were many nights I simply wanted to jump in front of a bus rather than continue, but continue I did. I made it all the way to eights and ones (jog for eight minutes, walk for one, repeat this cycle a few times). It was an activity that was good for me, and I surprised myself by sticking with it.

However, I broke my foot that Halloween. I am still not sure how I managed to do it: one moment I was walking happily along, and the next I was suddenly tits up, and in a great deal of pain. Fast forward a few months past me hobbling around in an air cast, and then a few more months of physiotherapy, and then a couple of months of simply walking- I began the jogging program again. Starting at the beginning with twos and ones: walk two minutes, jog one.

About three weeks in, I was noticing pain in my feet. In the beginning, the pain flared up mostly after a period of inactivity, but as the weeks went by I noticed more pain through-out the day- especially after longer periods on my feet, in the middle of a walk, or halfway through my jog. It was getting worse. I thought it was just because I had broken the foot before, and it was always going to hurt when I was active so I ignored it as best I could. Tried to stretch it out.

One night, around 4 o’clock in the morning, I awoke to the sound of Wilson screaming- poor little shagger was having a nightmare. I leapt out of bed, and promptly fell to the floor, crying out in agony. I could not stand up.

The next day I went to the walk in clinic, and was diagnosed with Plantar fasciitis.

That was over a year ago.

The Plantar fasciitis is still not better.

Here is what I have done to address the Plantar fasciitis:

Rest: Stopped walking, and jogging. Which has been demoralizing.

Physiotherapy: Have been to two different physiotherapists. Mixed reviews on this. The first lady was very sweet and tried her best. She gave me a number of exercises to try. After a few months with her, I ran out of coverage, and was still not better. The second physiotherapist actually helped me reduce pain quite a bit, but has not gotten rid of the problem. She also gave me new exercises, did ultrasound and some sort of electric pulse thingie. But I have used up coverage with her now as well.

Sports Medicine: Went to a Doctor who specializes in sports medicine. He told me not to get the cortisol shot and sent me to a physiotherapist.

Massage Therapy: Again, two different masseuses. I find that they ease pain somewhat (though the session itself is painful) but massage really has not been a cure for me.

Strassburg Sock: Bought it at the running room. I think it helps a little. But is no cure. Have been wearing it about a month now.

Orthotics: $1000 wasted – I had a pair for my running shoes, and for dress shoes. I wore them for almost a year. No benefit. Zip. Ziltch. Zero. Matter of fact, I had the running orthotics remade three times. The last pair that was made for me are brutal. I can’t even stand in them.

New Sneakers: Outfitted at the running room. Meh. No big difference.

Ice/Stretches/Anti-inflammatories: daily, immediate relief only.

Chiropractic: Have just started this, and have only been at it two weeks. So far, I am not overly impressed but am going to hang in there until the coverage runs out for sure. He seems somewhat hopeful that he can fix this, and I am hanging on to that, because at this point I am terrified that this damn Plantar fasciitis is never going to go away.

What the heck am I doing wrong? Am I ever going to be able to go for a jog again? Cripes at this point I would settle for a long walk without crying from pain hours later. Have you ever suffered from Plantar fasciitis? What did you do to get rid of it? How long did it take? Did it ever come back? Is this thing curable or not?


Steve said...

Hmmm... maybe it's not Plantar Fasciitis.

My understanding of it is that it's a tension, a lack of flexibility if you will, in the stringy membrane that runs along the bottom of your foot. The golf ball trick seemed to work for me, but I didn't do it consistently. I've recently tried new insoles call Barefoot Science. I got them at Shoppers. They're endorsed by the Body Break couple. There are these inserts that you put in the insoles... each with a different level of inflexibility and support. I'm still on the lowest level, but they simulate the golf ball therapy. At least that's how it feels. They claim to strengthen the muscles in your foot and correct the issues that way. Even though I'm on the lowest level and only in my second week, I have found an improvement already.

nadinebc said...

I posed that question too. The diagnosis is the only thing all the experts I have seen agree on. I have had several xrays to rule out other issues.

So frustrating.

How long have you suffered with it?

Steve said...

It kind of snuck up on me... (snuck?... sneakeded.)

Anyways... I had it for several years before I acknowledged it enough to get it checked out. I was diagnosed with it probably 3 years ago now. But with me, it's not as extreme as you describe yours. It was mostly first thing in the morning or after I'd been sitting for a while. I'd hobble along and it would loosen up.

Kekiinani said...

My mom had a very severe case and bought a pair of crocs to wear inside the house at all times and outside. As silly as that sounds she no longer has any pain. Perhaps you should give it a try. It may or may not work but it is not that expensive of an experiment. Hope you feel better soon. Aloha, Renee :)

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I began the jogging program again. Starting at the beginning with twos and ones: walk two minutes, jog one. how to cure plantar fasciitis

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