Hello Salty Readers, my name is Pepper, and I have been dealing with heel or arch pain for over a year now. I have admittedly spent time in denial, time healing, and most of the time managing the pain. Some weeks and some days are better than others but for over 365 days my left foot has just never been completely pain free. Though I am not convinced I am only dealing Plantar Fasciitis, It’s definitely the cause of the majority of my pain. Hello morning hobble!
After months and months of ART, regular deep-tissue massage and physical therapy I am still dealing with foot issues. I am beginning to wonder if my body is just at a point where the training load is overwhelming my foots natural ability to cope and I am going to have to look for some sort of orthotic or heel lift to help it out. Through trial and error I have found I can handle high mileage on it, and I can handle tempo efforts, and I can handle modified speed workouts where I run hard but not super fast on hills, and I thought perhaps I was going to finally be able to get back to track workouts again but alas it seems there is something around 5:45 pace that sets my calf’s to tightening and my heel to screaming.
While it is frustrating I am remaining upbeat (what other choice is there really!) and hopeful that eventually I will be the healthy runner I was in 2010! If you are dealing with foot pain like me I am sure you can feel my (literal) pain and I am sure you too have tried quite the list of things to get better. The following are all things I have tried in order to heal my heel in the past year!
1) Voltaren (Topical anti-inflammatory)
3) Night Boot
7) Cold Laser Therapy
9) Modified Training (No track)
10) X-ray to rule out bone spur
11) Arch support in everyday shoes
My Next Options:
1) See an Orthopedist about Orthotics? Heel Lifts?
2) More aggressive treatment, perhaps electro stim therapy, acupuncture, or cortisone
3) More PT/Strengthening
4) Modified training and/or some heavy cross training to supplement runs that the foot can’t handle. Can we all say pool running?
I’ve got to say that running a great race or workout followed by being able to barely walk certainly takes a bit of the fun out of it. At some point you start to wonder if what you are doing is healthy and if those fast times are worth it?
Heel pain is pretty common amongst runners. So common I like to joke that it’s the trendy injury to have!
How about you Salty readers? Are any of you also dealing with heel pain or plantar fasciitis? Have you overcome it? If so, please share your story to give those of us currently suffering some hope!