Sunday, August 16, 2009

Heel pain

I am still having pain in my right heel. I am wondering if it could possibly be Plantar fasciitis? I seem to have all of the symptoms and I certainly have several of the risk factors. I am going to try some of the recommended treatments and see if I notice any improvements. If I don't see any over the next little bit, I will make an appointment to see the doctor. I will take into account that next weeks mileage is not going to help the problem, if plantar fasciitis is (in fact) what I have.


By Mayo Clinic staff

In most cases, the pain associated with plantar fasciitis:

  • Develops gradually IT DID
  • Affects just one foot, although it can occur in both feet simultaneously IT'S MY RIGHT HEEL THAT HURTS
  • Is worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it also can be triggered by long periods of standing or getting up from a seated position OMG YES! ESPECIALLY AFTER GETTING OUT OF BED
  • Feels like a sharp pain in the heel of your foot IT DOES

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Age. Plantar fasciitis is most common between the ages of 40 and 60.
  • Sex. Women are more likely than men to develop plantar fasciitis. I AM A WOMAN
  • Certain types of exercise. Activities that place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running, ballet dancing and dance aerobics — can contribute to an earlier onset of plantar fasciitis. I RUN FAR
  • Faulty foot mechanics. Being flat-footed, having a high arch or even having an abnormal pattern of walking can adversely affect the way weight is distributed when you're standing, putting added stress on the plantar fascia. I RUN ON CAMBERED PAVEMENT AND GRAVEL
  • Obesity. Excess pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Occupations that keep you on your feet. People with occupations that require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces — such as factory workers, teachers and waitresses — can damage their plantar fascia. THE ONLY TIME I AM NOT ON MY FEET IS PRETTY MUCH WHEN I AM SLEEPING
  • Improper shoes. Shoes that are thin soled, loose, or lack arch support or the ability to absorb shock don't protect your feet. If you regularly wear shoes with high heels, your Achilles tendon — which is attached to your heel — can contract and shorten, causing strain on the tissue around your heel. MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED/ AGGRAVATED WHEN I SWITCHED FROM THE NIKES (SOME STABILITY) TO THE NEUTRAL ADIDAS RUNNERS?
I have decided to use the Nikes for my 100km run. I really don't have the luxury of time to be trying out more shoes this late in the game.

Gotta run.


Anonymous said...

And so it are starting to fall apart.

Derek said...

PF can be a big pain in the Butt, I had it last year. I found that rolling a frozen bottle under my arch helped stretch it out and relieve inflamation. I did this every night before I went to bed and then I tried to stretch some before getting out of bed the next morning. I also kept my running shoes next to the bed and put those on first thing before I got out of bed to walk around in. I hope it gets better soon.

BFG said...

PF is one of the nemesis that plagues runners! I was afflicted by PF one week before my first half marathon and it was a week of pure agony! Do see your doc and get lots and lots of rest. Lucky for me, I stayed off running for one week and managed to walk/jog by the end of the week. And yes, I managed to complete the half marathon, much to my surprise and delight!