The Catch 22 - Plantar fascitis
Saturday, August 13, 2011
In the past few months I have developed plantar fascitis. It's an irritation and swelling of the thick tissue of the bottom of the foot. I have it in my right foot but now fear it is happening in my left as well. I have a lot of heel pain and any exercise makes it much worse. It's caused by foot arch problems, obesity or sudden weight gain, long distance running, tight achilles tendon and shoes with poor arch support.
I could understand if this problem would have happened when I was at my heaviest. But why now? I had lost 70 lbs. I do have high arches but I've always worn Birkenstocks, rarely if ever wear heels. I've been kind of gaining and losing 10 lbs back and forth for a while but pretty much maintaining that loss. Before my show in May, I was exercising regularly to get ready - probably 4-5 times a week. Nothing too strenuous - I do resistance bands for 30 mins and low impact aerobics for about 40-45 mins. And then all of a sudden I started having this heel pain problem.
I was starting to contemplate doing a 5K walk - something I would have NEVER considered before being on SparkPeople, but now walking is difficult and painful.
I'm looking at this as a test. A way for me to solve and get past this hurdle without gaining more weight. I've gained 15 lbs. simply because I haven't been able to move without fear of doing more damage to my feet. It's just really scary thinking about not being able to walk or always walking in pain!
I'm exploring stationary bikes - and hoping that will be a way to get my exercise in without any weight bearing while my feet heal. If any Sparkers have any experience with plantars fascitis, remedies, stationary bikes, I'd welcome your insights. So far I do the stretches they recommend, have used Heel Seats and have ordered a pair of shoes from Orthaheel. I take ibuprofen when it really hurts, but don't like to do that that often. All are helpful but don't solve the problem. A trip to the podiatrist is in my near future.
Trying to remain VERY positive!!!