Plantar Fasciitis

By on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

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There have been lots of articles on injuries and I want to focus on just one:  Plantar Fasciitis.  This is an injury that haunted me in college and continues to creep up on me periodically. 

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue on the bottom of the foot.  When it becomes inflamed, it is very painful.  I first got this injury in college, at  Cross Country Conference Championships.  I won Conference, but 2 weeks later at the Regional Championship race I had to pull out of the race.  It took a couple months of taping, stretching and night splints, but I was able to race Indoor and Outdoor track.  However, I didn’t feel like I ever got back to “my old self”.

This injury re-occured after I won my first trail marathon.  I went easy on it for 2 years, did whatever I could think of to get it better, but nothing worked!  I got some advice from a retired medical professional to NOT get surgery since studies have shown that it doesn’t help in most cases.  Finally I decided I was just going to run on it and work through the pain…….and then it went away! 

It has threatened me some in the years since and I try to recognize it early, tape it (especially since I’m standing all day) in a customized low-dye tape technique, stretch it, exercise it (pick up marbles with toes, walk around barefoot on my tip toes, etc) and keep running.Plantar fascia

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