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.