Well as you all know from the last post I have been having an issue with my heel. Thank you all for the diagnosis which was confirmed during my annual physical Friday.
Definition:Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot — connecting your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners.
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Under normal circumstances, your plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch in your foot. But, if tension on that bowstring becomes too great, it can create small tears in the fascia. Repetitive stretching and tearing can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.
I was pretty bummed, thinking I would have to stop running for a few weeks. My Doctor is a fellow runner and gave me a night splint to wear. He also told me that my shoes probably where a contributing factor. So back to my Asic Gel Nimbus. Asic's are the shoes a running store fitted me in.
I did not run on Friday, Doc said to rest. He told me to wear the night splint, ice as needed, and walk on Saturday. I could determine whether I should do my long run or head to the pool after the walk.
The night splint was a little awkward but hey if it will keep me running I will try anything. I woke up and took the splint off. No pain when I went to walk! No way it can't be that easy.
I headed out to walk later in the day. Can you say slushy... I came home and my feet were soaking wet. My heel was sore after I sat for awhile but not too bad. I will wear the splint again tonight and I will be running my long run of 8 miles tomorrow.
I would highly suggest the night splint if you ever get Plantar Fasciitis. And make sure you have a good pair of running shoes.