Review for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age 35-54
  • Male
  • 175 lbs
  • Pittsburgh
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity Under 1 Month
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Runner Yes
  • Doctor/Care Giver None

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Supportive Shoes, Stretching

I am a 53 yo male who first encountered PF 3 years ago while training for a half marathon. At the time, I didn't run with orthotics. In addition, I never spent much time stretching my calves. After reviewing my training log, my first flare up occurred after performing speedwork consisting of 400s. After pretty much trying to ignore the PF, rhe pain intensified. End result, I was forced to stop running for a total of 6 months.

My second bout of PF (same foot) occurred a year and a half ago while training for the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Since that first bout of PF, I started doing much more stretching focusing on the calves.  I also had my gait and foot analyzed and foot where I learned I have very high arches (wish I did this much earlier in my running career).  As a result, I started using orthotics (New Balance for high arches).   This time, PF flared up on the foot after LSD training hit 16 + miles.  Stopped running for 7 days and began icing arch and intensified stretching of calves.  These activities allowed my training to continue after one week of rest.  Pain was still there but very manageable  (nothing like first bout).  Long story short, my training no longer consists of intense speedwork (no more 400s) and no more long runs in excess of 12 miles.  Finally, I've given up full marathons.  Happy to report I have been PF free since then!

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