Monday, December 5, 2011

You can't get a burger at Plantar Fasciitis

Yes, it does sound similar to Planet Hollywood or something you'd get after eating way too much turkey on Thanksgiving, but plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of the foot and common symptoms could burning sensation on the bottom of the feet, achy arches, sharp pain in the heel felt early in the morning (these are mine).

The Fella and I landed in Fleet Feet - Sacramento Saturday after eating til our heart's content at the SactoMoFo Festival (hot damn, the mini burger truck was da bomb) because I am in need of new sneakers. I've been complaining that my arches hurt and the bottom of my feet burn - obviously my shoes need to be replaced, right? 

How do I know that I have PF....well, cuz the fitter guy at Fleet Feet told me and PubMed just validated my symptoms.  But seriously, I haven't been diagnosed by a MD, however, the symptoms do fit. If you are having any issues with your feet, I suggest that you make an appointment with the podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Although, the Fleet Feet kid suggested that I stop wearing high heels.  He must have bumped his head or was high from smelling feet all afternoon cuz THAT will never happen. He also suggested doing trigger point therapy.

So as a way to release the tightness in my calves, I decided to do some rolling around on my living room floor on top of a tennis ball trigger point therapy.  If you need instructions on how to best inflict this pain, try this video:

Let the good times roll!


The Merry said...

Ouch. I feel your pain.

Well, to be strictly accurate, what I felt was my own pain. Since it was the same diagnosis, I'm going to assume my pain = your pain = no fun.

Hope it all gets better quickly!

LaShaune said...

No fun at all. You'd think rolling around on the carpet with a tennis ball shoved under my calve would be an awesome party just gives rug burns!

Hope you are healing as well.

Cat said...

Oh, my. I think when someone makes a comment like that, well, tell them they can't have beer, or some such. I don't wear high heels, but geez, it would be like telling me I can no longer have chocolate, methinks...

Cat (Who wonders if you could form some sort of game with that roller ball bit...)

to dream the KIMpossible dream said...

I had PF a few years ago - sooo painful! The trigger point therapy is seemingly unbearable, but it's kind of one of those things that "hurts so good". Stick with it and eventually you will have relief!

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Ohhh, I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. When I was in massage school we learned a few stretches that can help with that. You could probably google "stretches for PF" and find some good ones. There are devices you can buy to help increase the stretch too.