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ARGH - plantar fasciatis!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Self-diagnosed, but I'm 99% sure that's what's going on.

My left foot started hurting back in August. I took ibuprofen and naproxen and tried to ignore it. My exercise has been sporadic since then, due mostly to other things, but the last time I ran for more than 5 minutes, I could barely walk the next day.

Guess what I did yesterday? Ran for more than 5 minutes. Guess what happened today? I can barely walk. Actually, I didn't even sleep well, because the pain in my foot kept waking me up. When I got up to go to the bathroom, I thought I might have to crawl there. :( Very, very painful. And it's not getting better. I've had the foot up for a couple of hours, alternating hot and cold, and taken ibuprofen. I guess I have to go to the doctor. BOO!

Also, my darling husband cooked me breakfast and cut up a freaking banana and put it on my plate. Do you know how many carbs are in a freaking banana? A BUNCH! Like, half of what I'm trying to eat a day. I don't even know how I'm going to make up for it. No, I didn't have to eat it, and yes, it tasted AWESOME. Like ice cream. I have been limiting myself to one fruit a day, and usually that's an apple or orange (although I've had some dried fruit, too). No sugar for almost 2 week. No flour, no bread, no pasta, no rice...

Anyway, I'm down for the count today. If I feel better in the next half an hour (doubtful), I'll try to go to BodyBalance...
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    aaagh, i didnt see this before. oh I am sorry dear! I had that a couple years ago and it sooooooo screwed me up! gave me and excuse to go off exercise because I couldnt run (like I couldnt get on a bike?! sheeesh!)If mine ever comes back and am def. going to a doc, because I self diagnosed too. The frozen water bottle helps tho, and theres a splint you can sleep with that helped I think.
    2242 days ago
    Get to the doctor!!!! That kind of pain is just not normal. It hurts just reading about it! You have been doing so well and you don't want anything stopping you now. I guess I don't know too much about it and there is lots of good advice here but still...the dr seems like the right thing to do.

    As far as that banana goes...isn't it amazing how good something can be when you have cleaned up your palate from sugar and excess and then you try it again? I went off sugar a few years ago for some months with the exception of one cup of flavored yogurt every day...just like you said about the banana...it was like ice cream! Nice when wholesome things can taste that good huh?

    2258 days ago
    That SUCKS about your foot problem.

    We take them for granted but when they start to complain it just stuffs up so much of what we plan.

    Have had Achilles tendinitis for about 10 months now and I guess I am used to it but I just can NOT run anywhere at all as it hurts too much but walking is fine BUT am getting it looked at next week so hopefully I can get onto tome rehab for it and get it sorted.

    I am sure you enjoying what MUST be gorgeous weather at the moment - and I k eep meaning to ask whats happening with your son? Has he gotten more into the dramatic arts/acting stuff?

    See you round :)
    2260 days ago
    My worst fear.... emoticon
    2260 days ago
    You have my sympathies.
    I had one, complete with a heel spur... torture but it does look kinda cool on Xrays.
    I had gained a lot of weight from drinking and eating too much red meat.
    But the killer was when I started a high impact fitness class and changed into a brand of athletic shoe I hadn't worn before.

    Magnesium helps with inflammation and to dissolve the spur, which is what you're getting next if you try to ignore it and keep running on it (my experience). I agree with what other here have said... support socks, stretching, rolling a ball under your feet, gel pads, change your shoes. I'm with ya on the low impact routine.

    Might want to soak your tootsies in an Epsom salt and hot water bath at some point during the day, nothing fancy a pail of hot water and the Epsom salts will do. You could soak while you're eating dinner or on the computer.

    Incidentally, going too low on carbs can slow your thyroid/metabolism, particularly if you are so inclined to thyroid woes, which describes you. Its a situation known as "euthyroid sick syndrome".

    Watch veggies with oxalates in them, this tends to deposit of calcium in soft tissue and contribute to kidney stones in susceptible individuals. I'd track potassium as well as magnesium in your tracker to make sure you're meeting those requirement.

    Banana is a great way to get some potassium and start your day. I've eaten one every breakfast since I can remember... when I forget to go to the grocers and I'm out, it makes me crabby. ha

    Also check your thyroid numbers, free T3, Free T4 as you may need help there.

    Be well...
    : )
    ps love your orchid background color... I could look at that all day... its like liquid happy...
    2261 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    I had a bad bout last year with them. I had to get better shoes per doctors orders. I ordered a pair of ortha heel shoes that had the good arches in them, which is what the doctor said do. They helped my foot alot.
    Take care. Hope it passes quickly. PF is a royal pain. I get it every year.
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    2261 days ago
    I've suffered from that before. I would stretch my foot against the window sill before getting out of bed each morning. I'd place the ball of my foot against the sill and push like I was trying to stretch my hamstring. I'd do that for 30 seconds. Then I could get out of bed without the pain. There are PT exercises that help too. You can put water in a soda bottle and freeze it and use that instead of a rolling pin. Keeps the rolling pin clean and your foot gets the benefit of ice. A tennis ball will work too - minus the freezing.
    Most importantly, make sure all your shoes have good arch supports. Most shoes don't do much for arch support, so an insole will work. The more solid the insole the better. Flimsy ones just flatten out when you walk on them, which isn't very helpful. Arch supports designed for runners are the best in my opinion. Also, don't go barefoot. You can get slippers with arch support for around the house. It's the arch's lack of support and stretching that causes the pain. It took me a couple years for the problem to go away completely, but I still have to wear arch supports even though I don't need to do much else anymore.
    2261 days ago
    There are compression socks that help a lot. Shoes made for PF support are also great. There are inexpensive braces you can buy to wear at night. Don't go barefoot. You can heal this if you are patient and consistent in your care.
    2261 days ago
    emoticon I suffered from PF for many years. The rolling pin exercise will help, and I'd also suggest Stretches -- Before you get out of bed, use your toes to 'Write' the Alphabet in the air. It feels and looks weird but it did help me.
    Losing weight has helped also. My feet almost Never bother me amy more
    2261 days ago
    use a rolling pin under your foot and put some weight on it and roll it back and forth hugz
    2261 days ago
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