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Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

Posted by Kim R. on 8/18/02 at 15:40 (092851)

I have been plagued with pf and heel spurs in my left heel for approximately 8 weeks (this time). I am 39 5'7' 129 lbs. (hopefully weight is not the cause) and I run 20-25 miles per week (used to). I am also guilty of wearing high-heels. I am currently going through physical therapy doing ultrasound and the dexemethasone treatment and stretching and ice. I REALLY do not want to have a cortisone shot and I REALLY don't want to have surgery of any kind. I have had my custom orthotics for 5 days now. My question is this - Friday I was walking almost normal in my running shoes with my orthotics. Saturday I did 35 minutes flat-footed on the StairMaster followed by ice and stretching and my daily does of Vioxx. Sunday I am hurting again. Is it the StairMaster? I am a workout person - plain and simple, I don't want to gain a ton of weight through this ordeal. Please let me know if you think the StairMaster could be a source of re-injury. Also, how long can I expect to hurt? Thank you, Kim R. Spanish Fort, Alabama ((email removed))

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/18/02 at 16:37 (092856)

Rest is a very important part of pf healing. Only do stretching, biking, swimming. No stairmaster. Remember if you had a bone that was broken you
wouldn't go out and excercise

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

Julie on 8/19/02 at 03:19 (092876)

Hi Kim

You're obviously a 'go for it' girl! I would suggest, though - respectfully, of course, and (as another 'go-for-it' person) knowing how hard it will be to hear this - that for now you step back and limit all weight-bearing activities to give your plantar fascia a chance to heal.

This can - and probably will - take time. You're a do'er, but 'doing' isn't always the answer to PF. The more you 'do' (in the way of weight-bearing workouts) the longer it will take. Like many here, who made the mistake of regarding PF as a minor irritation and run or walked through the pain, you could end up with a chronic condition that will limit what you can do forever.

You really answered your own question - 35 minutes on the stairmaster and hurting the next day? I'd be very surprised if there wasn't a connection, wouldn't you?

If you can swim, establish a regular swimming routine. That will keep the weight from piling on and won't do your feet any harm.

Best of luck.

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

R C on 8/19/02 at 08:25 (092885)

Let me echo Julie's advice to hold off on all weight-bearing exercises until the PF is fully resolved. This includes walking, running, stairmaster, elliptical machine, doing weights while standing, etc. I've become a swimming enthusiast in the last few months, and urge you to consider it. Alternatively, you could get creative with a set of dumbbells and elastic band (which I did when I was in a cast). If the weight starts to creep up anyway, then it's time to try eating less (ack!).

As others have noted before, overcoming this injury requires some dedication, education, self-knowledge, and patience.

I hope you get well soon--

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

Dr. Zuckerman on 8/18/02 at 16:37 (092856)

Rest is a very important part of pf healing. Only do stretching, biking, swimming. No stairmaster. Remember if you had a bone that was broken you
wouldn't go out and excercise

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

Julie on 8/19/02 at 03:19 (092876)

Hi Kim

You're obviously a 'go for it' girl! I would suggest, though - respectfully, of course, and (as another 'go-for-it' person) knowing how hard it will be to hear this - that for now you step back and limit all weight-bearing activities to give your plantar fascia a chance to heal.

This can - and probably will - take time. You're a do'er, but 'doing' isn't always the answer to PF. The more you 'do' (in the way of weight-bearing workouts) the longer it will take. Like many here, who made the mistake of regarding PF as a minor irritation and run or walked through the pain, you could end up with a chronic condition that will limit what you can do forever.

You really answered your own question - 35 minutes on the stairmaster and hurting the next day? I'd be very surprised if there wasn't a connection, wouldn't you?

If you can swim, establish a regular swimming routine. That will keep the weight from piling on and won't do your feet any harm.

Best of luck.

Re: Could 35 minutes on StairMaster aggravate pf?

R C on 8/19/02 at 08:25 (092885)

Let me echo Julie's advice to hold off on all weight-bearing exercises until the PF is fully resolved. This includes walking, running, stairmaster, elliptical machine, doing weights while standing, etc. I've become a swimming enthusiast in the last few months, and urge you to consider it. Alternatively, you could get creative with a set of dumbbells and elastic band (which I did when I was in a cast). If the weight starts to creep up anyway, then it's time to try eating less (ack!).

As others have noted before, overcoming this injury requires some dedication, education, self-knowledge, and patience.

I hope you get well soon--