Saturday, June 5, 2010

Plantar Fasciitis?

About a week and a half ago, I experienced sudden sharp pain in my left arch. Since then, I've been resting, icing, and stretching, and the pain is gone. Research was inconclusive, but my self-diagnosis is that I probably had plantar fasciitis. Symptoms typically include heel pain, but a small percentage of sufferers feel it in the arch, as I did. Treatment suggestions ranged from taking 2-3 days off from running to several months. I was pain-free in a week, so maybe it's not plantar fasciitis?

From the Mayo Clinic website:

"Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot — connecting your heel bone to your toes.

Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position."
© 1998-2010 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER).

So, ultimately, I don't know what the pain was. I think I could have run and or biked starting Thursday, but I've elected to wait a few more days. This weekend I hope to start swimming again and we are going to Michigan for a short vacation starting Monday, so hopefully I can swim there as well. Tuesday morning I will do my first run since the pain began and now disappeared, hoping for good results.

Really disappointed in how my body is acting lately. The consistent exercise was working, I was feeling better and more fit. Then, several weeks ago, the back spasm, followed by this arch pain. Maybe too much, too soon? I'm really hoping to get back on track -- the Bigfoot Sprint Triathlon is June 27th, so time is of the essence. Definitely not where I thought I'd be at this stage of my training.


  1. These injuries are a hassle and inconvenient! I gues it's part of the deal?!

  2. new to your blog. Thanks for the add. I would politely disagree with your self diagnosis. Sounds more like posterior tibialis tendonitis. Tibialis posterior has the job of protecting the bones in the arch from collapsing. Lower back pain, foot pain, any knee or hip pain? Usually is a sign that the running mechanics or off some how. Just wondering.

  3. Hope the rest it the ticket and you can get back at it this weekend!

  4. I hope that stays away! Stupid injuries! Reading Ron's comment has me wondering something about my injury right now. Hmmmm

  5. Welcome to the blog Ron! Haven't felt any problems with my running mechanics. Major single back spasm 2 weeks ago, but no other problems recently. I had thought tendinitis initially, because I had some soreness on the inside below my ankle, but as with a lot of my niggling injuries, it came and went. Would posterior tibialis tendonitis get better in a week? I had some twinges in my right arch yesterday, which went away immediately after stretching.

  6. I'm no podiatrist but I have noticed that the term "plantar fasciitis" is thrown around much like my grandmother used to throw around the term "the sniffles" as she made me a Hot Toddy. She was Irish after all.

    So I am not saying it is and I'm not saying it isn't.

    I had the same symptoms last October. I went to the running shop and they told me something I didn't know. I do not pronate. I had been running in NB Support shoes.

    So I switched to a less supportive neutral trainer (the Newtons) and have never had a problem since.

    This is what got me thinking about less is better. I have a theory now that shoes are the root of more problems than might be thought.

    Hope you get it sorted.

  7. I'm sorry about your injury! It sounds like you're doing the right things to help it heal though. So, don't stress about your tri at the end of the month because you'll be back at it before you know it! :)

  8. I hope it doesn't return. PF is absolutely horrible. I get it on/off due to my condition and my heels feel like they are on fire - hurts to step on them. When they are like that I have a bottle of water frozen ready in the waiting so I can rub my feet up and down on it.I hope you feel better soon.

  9. Sounds like maybe pre-plantar fasciitis. WHich is a good think as it serves as a warning sign to back off before it can get out of hand. i had that happen a few months ago and i backed off the run a bit and it went away. i have had PF before many, many years ago when i first started seriously running and had to have some intense physical therapy to break up the scar tissue that had formed. Never had any trouble since. Hope yours is all gone now.


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