To keep running. I’ve mentioned in past posts that I’ve been dealing with plantar fasciitis in my “good” foot, the one that hasn’t had it before. Well lately it’s been getting a bit too fired up for my comfort level, so I’ve decided to do something about it.
No, I don’t mean rest it! Why, that would be too logical. I’m a runner, after all, and I’ll do just about anything to keep at it. My first call was to my podiatrist, who simply told me to run on flat, soft surfaces for the time being. Well, I don’t live in a flat area and I don’t want to spend my running time on a track or treadmill, so I moved on. (Josh, I can hear you giving me an “I told you so” right now!)
I’ve started acupuncture, for one thing. In addition to that, I have also begun seeing a sports rehab doc. He’s pretty cool–a combination chiropractor, PT, and running gait analyzer all rolled into one. The best part–he didn’t tell me to stop running. After hearing my story and evaluating my running gait, we’ve set up a plan to strengthen my glutes, work on my balance and flexibility, and attack my foot with lots of ice massaging and stretching.
I’m only a couple of days into this, but today’s middle-distance run seemed to go fairly well. After a couple of minutes, I can say the run was pain-free. I’m going to be diligent about doing all I need to do to stay out there. I really can’t face the prospect of a lay-off. Unfortunately, that’s going to mean lots of time at the PT’s office–seriously, has anyone ever been to PT that doesn’t suck up all your time? It puts me in a serious time crunch.
But again, I’m a runner, and I’ll do whatever it takes. I’m sure you can relate.