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Plantar Fasciitis

TealTarynTealTaryn Posts: 1Member Member Posts: 1Member Member
I hear this is a common thing so I thought I would ask some advice! I've been hit with plantar fasciitis really bad in one foot, I've been stretching every night and rolling a frozen bottle on my foot but it's still persistent! I'm fairly active in my work so I can't rest it completely either. I'm just getting back into working out after a few years of doing very little and this is holding me back so much! Usually I run or jump rope for cadio but every time I have done that recently the next day I can barely put my foot on the floor.

So I was just wondering, if you've suffered from this before what did you do for cardio? I've been using the bike most days but my fat butt is complaining! Thanks in advance!


  • DjproulxDjproulx Posts: 1,503Member Member Posts: 1,503Member Member
    Unfortunately, PF can be a nagging issue if not allowed to heal completely. That usually means rest. (Not what you want to hear, I know). I've suffered from a variety of achilles/PF issues and did plenty of stretching and rolling.

    Despite my diligence, the bottom line for me was that unless I allowed sufficient time for the inflammation to go away, it would recur as soon as I resumed running. As far as alternatives, cycling or rowing are a couple options. Swimming is also a good total body cardio exercise.

    Good luck.
  • GiddyupTimGiddyupTim Posts: 2,787Member Member Posts: 2,787Member Member
    I have healed mine with no rest.
    Superfeet insoles.
    This stretch:
    Picture of the stretch:
    edited February 14
  • 14coach4614coach46 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Foot ware is very important. For me I started wearing cowboy boots with a tall heel. It helped my PF a lot. I also got some of the PF insoles in my regular shoes also
  • deannalfisherdeannalfisher Posts: 5,371Member, Premium Member Posts: 5,371Member, Premium Member
    Figuring out root cause is key - for most people it’s tight calves - I do a lot of focused work - stretches, trigger point therapy on mine that helps
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,490Member Member Posts: 4,490Member Member
    When I had it, my GP referred me to a physiotherapist who prescribed the following passive plantar/calf stretch which removed my symptoms after a few weeks.

    You need a slant board. You can google "slant board calf stretch" for elegant looking commercial solutions. I gaffer taped a 12 inch piece of plywood to a three inch thick phonebook. Stand with toes raised on the slant board for at least 10 minutes at a time at least twice a day. If your balance is not great, hold onto a countertop.

    I set up a stretch station in the kitchen for while I was doing chopping and another one in front of the bathroom sink to stretch while brushing teeth and drying hair..
  • acpgeeacpgee Posts: 4,490Member Member Posts: 4,490Member Member
    For cardio I would use the rowing machine.
  • AlexandraFindsHerself1971AlexandraFindsHerself1971 Posts: 368Member Member Posts: 368Member Member
    I used night splints and that helped a lot. It still flares if I do a lot of walking in old shoes, but obviously that's under my control.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 34,697Member Member Posts: 34,697Member Member
    Rest....stretch.... physio.
    It's painful but it's fixable. Maybe get some new shoes. I know my shoes are needing to be replaced when it starts flaring up
  • MaltedTeaMaltedTea Posts: 192Member, Premium Member Posts: 192Member, Premium Member
    Maybe a visit with a podiatrist. Maybe some supportive medical device as suggested above. Maybe acupressure or targetted foot massage. A combo of all three worked for me. But it's better to be preventative once you get rid of it the first time.
  • vivo1972vivo1972 Posts: 104Member Member Posts: 104Member Member
    I bought these and they are incredible. I'm ok right now but it got to a point where I could barely walk. I read the reviews and I thought Ok I'll give them a go.

    The result was immediate. I could walk ok, with a little pain but actually walk! now I only use them when i have a twinge or going on a hike.

    They really work.
  • girlwithcurls2girlwithcurls2 Posts: 1,911Member Member Posts: 1,911Member Member
    Do a search in this forum. This question gets asked and answered every now and then. There's tons of good suggestions about what worked for people. I had it terribly 5 years ago. It lasted about a year. Sidelined my running completely. It can heal, but it takes time. I hope you figure out what works for you. PF stinks.
  • johnbtay3johnbtay3 Posts: 170Member Member Posts: 170Member Member
    Make sure you get fitted for proper shoes and support. You may need more or less arch support based on your arch.
  • gothchiqgothchiq Posts: 4,439Member Member Posts: 4,439Member Member
    There are shoe inserts designed to address this. If that doesn't help, I'd talk to a podiatrist to get custom ones, provided there is a way to afford it.
  • AliNouveauAliNouveau Posts: 34,697Member Member Posts: 34,697Member Member
    For shoes I was told Saucony or Asics are best. I love Saucony, haven't had any issues with them. Everyone has different advice and what worked for them. See a dr or physiotherapist they will be able to help you
  • johnbtay3johnbtay3 Posts: 170Member Member Posts: 170Member Member
    There is a shoe store near me called Fleet feet. They analyze your walking then have a computerized scanner to scan your feet to determine the proper shoes. The gait analysis and scan are free.
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