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Feets. Still battling them. Yes. They are still attached to my legs, still have five toes each, and still hurt like a motherfucker if I stand/walk for more than about 5 minutes at a stretch.

I have been battling plantars fasciitis (inflammation of my heel & arch muscles) for almost a year. I've been on "no walking, no standing, ice and stretching all the time, wear rent-a-cop shoes" restrictions since March. That's SIX MONTHS. Six months of not being able to stand long enough to do housework. Six months of not being able to go dancing. Six months of not walking to work. Six months of not really participating in many social gatherings because it turns out they are mostly predicated on, you know, having feet.

Something snapped in my mind this week and I'm fed up with all this stretching and fancy shoes bullshit. I have decided that resting isn't helping, so fuck it, I'm going to try walking and standing and see if I can just abuse myself back into health. Many runners work through PF by pushing through the pain. There's also (so you don't think I'm just being stubborn) quite a bit of evidence that PF is due to "crinkling" of your plantar fascia, and that one of the best ways to "smooth it out" is to actually put more weight and force on your feet. In an even, well-supported way of course.

So today I went for a 15 minute walk in my fancy supportive sneakers. It hurt. But you know what? My feet feel just a tiny bit stronger. Maybe there's some truth to this whole pushing through the pain approach.

Date: 2014-09-28 01:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Some of my running - at various points - has involved pushing through the pain.

FWIW, I'm not sure what specific type of pain you're dealing with, but I tend to approach it along the lines of: if it's a constant - if excruciating - pain, I work to push through it. If it's a sharp, acute pain, I try to back off. The problem is that a lot of that is subjective, especially from a pain threshold standpoint.

I applaud that you're trying something new and that you're trying to figure out a path forward. Something to consider is not jumping in head-first, and giving your body a chance to adapt. A couple of rules of thumb runners use is to (a) not increase your mileage by more than 10% per X (usually a week, I believe) and (b) to ease off on your longest distance every two weeks (e.g. 15 minutes for two weeks, then 12 minutes the third week, then 15-17 minutes the fourth week). Some of those techniques may be useful to you as you try to ease back into being on your feet, as the last thing you want to do is overdo it.

One last thought is on frequency. I asked my friend Folker how he trains, given his longevity: he's in his mid-to-late 70s and still running, and running fast....qualifying for the Boston Marathon every year. He said that he runs - at most - every other day, and has a given mileage target for the week. Which is to say: go easy and consider every other or every third day as an option for getting back into the swing of things.

Good luck!

Date: 2014-09-29 03:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All very useful suggestions, thank you Tom!

Point taken on not pushing too hard too fast. I kept this in mind and rested most of yesterday after walking a fair bit Friday & Saturday. So far today (Monday) my feet are feeling really good! Fingers crossed it keeps working!


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