Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How to Deal with Plantar Fasciitis

I just spent the last 9 days off due to Plantar it if you must.  Basically, there is a ligament in your foot that starts at the heel.  Over-training, poor shoes, and a variety of other factors can cause this ligament to get tight.  Ironically, it can feel fine while running as the ligament gets stretched.  The pain comes after a long rest period.  For example, I would feel great on my run, but the next morning, after sleeping all night, the heel of my foot would be very sore.  It also would happen after sitting at a desk or watching TV for hours on end.

Here's a great video I've found on Plantar Fasciitis.  As I mentioned, I am currently working on recovering from this.  All my years of running and this is the first time it's happened to me.  I think it was a combination of over-training and poor shoe choice.  I rested for 9 days (until I no longer woke up with heel pain) and have been doing the same stretches that are in this video.  I've cut my mileage in half and slowed my pace for the time being. I'll let the video explain the rest:

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