Saturday, June 5, 2010
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.