Anyone have any experience with plantar fasciitis? I can barely walk because of the pain in my right heel. I have been icing it, and I gave up all running, sprinting, and jumping rope. I am still squatting, deadlifting, etc. since that doesn’t seem to be painful. I have also been trying to stretch my calves and hamstrings more. But I am impatient and was wondering how long I can expect this to last. Feeling frustrated by it.
What should I be doing to speed my recovery?
How long can I expect this to last?
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I’ve got about 4 years in now . I feel your pain brother . here’s what I believe to be the truth .
Dr. Sholls type products/gel heel-pads…dont waste your time and money .
Good Feet products…not sure . I didnt pursue this option .
cortosone treatments…never pursued this option either . I didnt hear any positives on this though .
Ice vs. heat … ice after a long day on your feet only . 15 minutes , followed with heat and stretching . the ice will bring down the inflammation some , but makes the whole foot extremely stiff . the heat pulls blood into the trauma area , aiding recovery . Ive left my heat-pad on for 1.5 hours already , but I’ve never seen that amount of time recommended .
anti-inflammatories…not something I want to rely on long term. best I got out of them was for them to “take the edge off” .
*Gen Prac MD…not gonna be able to help much
*Podiatrists/orthotics…this is an important part of the formula . my custom-made orthotics provided immediate relief . 80% less pain within a few days ; 95% in a month or two. quite effective . but the catch is that they do not last forever . I’ve recently learned that 5 to 8 years is the expected life-span , depending on the obvious . for runners that life-span is in the 1 to 3 year range . I’m about to get re-cast for my second set ; after getting 4 years out of the first set . I’ve seen negative references towards orthotics , but I dont recall where or why .
- high end sports trainers/doctors…I didnt have access to this option , but probably worth checking out.
*A.R.T…another important part of the formula . after 5 treatments , I notice a remarkable improvement . I highly recommend this . I almost blew a load the first time…it felt that good . my female Chiro is kinda hot too …well , never mind that . I drive 50 minutes each way , but in my experience it’s worth it . I just did a full PL’ing meet yesterday , so I probably reversed the progress bar a bit ; so we’ll see how it feels tomorrow after a full shift on my feet .
If you pay attention to how an ART practioner stretches and works your foot , you can learn from him/her and apply some of that to doing it yourself . but you cant duplicate it exactly though .
I’m about 98% sure that the condition will not go away on it’s own . I could be wrong though . and the longer you fuck around with it , the worse it gets . so if you start running again and your feet start hurting with orthotics that need replacing , dont screw around with it .
I’m also about 98% sure that the orthotics combined with the ART is the ticket to getting back to normal . the orthotics correct the mechanicals of the foot , while the ART reduces the soft tissue damage .
*things I avoid…walking bare-footed , ladders , sprinting/running (especially on grass/sand), worn out sneakers .