November 10, 2008

A runner's agony

Ye gads. I went this past Saturday to my bro-in-law, who's a physical therapist, because I've had this nagging pain in my left foot. This pain really flared up a bit over a week ago after a three-mile run. It didn't hurt during the run; however, an hour an a half afterwards, while getting out of the shower, I was like "WTF??"

My bro-in-law's diagnosis? Plantar Fasciitis. I spent about ten minutes at my BIL's home office, and ... it was ten minutes of the most agonizing pain I've ever experienced. I thought I'd literally pass out from the torment. And how in the hell did I get this crap in the first place? I'm only moderately active now that I'm in my 40s. Cause: Wearing non-arch flip flops way too often. Solution: Get flip flops with arches and make sure all my footwear has sufficient arch protection.

I still have to go back at least three more times, but the agony should be less with each visit.

Terrific.

Posted by Hube at November 10, 2008 05:11 PM | TrackBack

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I actually suffered with this a few years ago. Talk about agony! And you're right, ditch the cheap footwear - granted, I viewed buying designer footwear as a perk.

Here's another trick: Before getting out of bed in the morning do some foot stretches. It really helps. Also, if anyone suggests a cortisone injection, skip it. That was more painful than childbirth, and it didn't help me at all.

On the plus side, Plantar Fasciitis tends to heal itself.

Posted by: pandora at November 11, 2008 10:43 AM

My dad used to joke with me that my internal organs would be shaken loose because I ran cross-country and track in high school. Wrong area of the body but he may have been on to something. I was diagnosed with progressive osteoarthritis in both knees in my mid-thirtees. I commented to the doctor that I was just getting old. He said "You aren't but your knees are".

Posted by: Joe at November 12, 2008 06:44 AM

As soon as you pointed out that it happened after the exercise, I knew what it was. A really severe case of plantar fasciitis ended Jay Buhner's career. And I, too, have felt your pain.

I got orthotics and was told to sleep with the afflicted foot hanging over the bed so that the tendon wouldn't stiffen. For me it's just a bad memory. It hasn't returned in 8 years.

Posted by: soccer dad at November 13, 2008 03:25 PM