Well after nearly six months of pain and two months of physio I think I finally started to see light at the end of the tunnel today. Having suffered with plantar fasciitis since July I finally ran with almost no pain. In fact I didn’t just run I managed 5 miles at a reasonable speed (for me considering I’ve been jogging for the last four months!).
Anyone who has suffered from this pain in the heel will understand that there’s times when you think you’ve got it forever. It never gets worse, but never seems to get better, until today, it actually felt better from the minute I got up. Still had the painful first steps towards the shower but throughout the day I didn’t really notice it and then running tonight – awesome! Doesn’t take much to float my boat these days – but that did!
Not sure why it’s suddenly started to sort itself out. Perhaps I’ve been a bit more attentive to the icing and stretching, but I suspect it may well be the Matt Robert Fitness DVD that I started using on Monday. Loads of stretches to improve flexibility. Although – it might be the bionic foot that arrived today…showed the heel I mean business. I’ve got a marathon to run you know!
Just in case you think I’ve gone mad, it’s a foot brace to wear at night. The idea is that it keeps your foot at 90 degrees to stop the calf/achilles tightening up overnight, the result being the first step in the morning should be a lot less painful than usual. We shall see if it works tomorrow morning….