I JUST got my wife into lifting and now a doctor (podiatrist) has told her he thinks she has tarsal tunnel syndrome. He has ordered some “nerve tests” (wife’s phrase)–I assume a NVC (nerve velocity conduction) test.
She spent a lot of time this summer gardening and digging holes by pushing her heals into hard metal shovels with flat, thin, rubber sandels on.
Anyway, when she asked him about exercising he told her “it probably doesn’t help your condition”, but that upper-body work was OK. Unfortunately, this has left her with the impression that any sort of lower body work will worsen her condition.
I need some advice here: can she train lower body if it is tarsal tunnel or plantar fasciitis without causing more damage. If she abstains from lower body work for awhile, ices down her foot, uses NSAIDS and foot rolling exercises would it be OK for her to return to squating and deadlifting if the pain is manageable.