On with my story: For months I read this board hours upon hours, hoping that one day when I logged on to my computer that they would find a cure for this debilitating injury and my pain would disappear. But what I found was that time seems to be the only thing on my side. I am hesitant to write this because I am afraid that if I get too 'confident' that the awful pain will inflict me the way it did for over a year.
I was a marathon runner who developed non-traditional PF (no pain in a.m., excrutiating burning pain in my arches, standing was impossible etc.) after 8 years of running. For no particular reason I developed it 3 weeks prior to a marathon and being the idiot I am/was I ran it anyway. I am sure I damaged the fascia in both feet pretty good! But looking back I want to say that I have struggled with the idea that the pain is 'in my head'--Its not, the pain is real, there is a real injury but because of my 'head' I now believe that one of the reasons I couldn't heal was because of the tremendous stress my 'mental health' was in.
A doctor posted on this site that he sees a lot of chronic suffers and that they tend to have major crisis' going on in their lives when they come to see him. I believe there is truth to this--especially in my case. When I developed this injury, I was moving to a new city (in 30 years had never lived anyplace other than Minneapolis), looking for a new job after being only one place for my entire career, trying to finish my masters degree, having to take multiple exams for a new job, leaving my very close family, trying to find new friends, getting married and worst of all I moved to the rain capital of the U.S. that was in the middle of one of the worst winters on record--Seattle. All this with 'the excrutiating pain' that never went away. Talk about depressing!
In November I finally realized that I was depressed and started taking an anti-depressant and dealing with some of the issues that had created this emense stress on my life. And I have to say in the last 3 months my feet have improved remarkably--I am not going to say cured because until I can wear the shoes I want and run marathons again, I will not say cured. AND I AM NOT ADVOCATING THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE DEPRESSED--I AM SIMPLY TELLING MY STORY. However, I can now cook dinner, grocery shop, groom my dog, clean my house--basically I can stand still in one place for more than 5 minutes where as for over a year these tasks were out of the question. Yesterday I was on my feet most of the day doing all those tasks and don't even remember feeling any pain. I did sit down for an hour to 'rest them' as this has been a routine in my life for so long now that I think I do it as a precautionary measure--not because the pain forces me to do it.
I did learn alot from this page and found solace in the people and their support. But I must admit I only come here maybe once a week versus 10 times a day. I am back to exercising, eliptical trainer, stationary bike,(i run only once every two weeks for 30 minutes--what can I say I am addicted). I have been on this routine for 3 months now and had only one set back that lasted 2 days (pain when standing.)
The last thing I would like to leave with people is that I almost lost hope for ever feeling better-- I had pain on a daily basis for over a year and I would read this page and wonder if people lived in this constant pain for the rest of their lives. I am here to say 'Don't loose hope'! I am a million times better than I was for that year. I actually have days with no pain! And the days I do have pain are nothing compared to where I was from September 14, 1998 to about November 1999.