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Just noticed plantar fascia pain. Any advice?

Posted by Duncan on 7/06/03 at 19:12 (123675)

I've just been reading some of the messages and my heart goes out to everyone suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Over the last week, I have noticed pain in the middle of the sole of my left foot at the junction of heel and arch. This was brought on by 4 days of running barefoot in soft sand and running up sand dunes. I haven't done soft sand training for a long time and I probably over did it a bit.
I am fearful that I have developed plantar fasciitis. Right now it is painful to walk and stand up on my toes. It is especially sore first thing in the morning. I have been resting and icing it for the last few days.
I would like to know if people think I have the condition plantar fasciitis or just some temporary inflammation of the plantar fascia?
I have had so many running related injuries over the years, that I really can't afford to have 6 months or more on the sidelines.
Is it possible that because this plantar fascia pain was brought on by just those 4 days of soft sand running, that it will settle down with a week or so off running?
Thanks for any advice.

Re: Just noticed plantar fascia pain. Any advice?

R C on 7/06/03 at 19:18 (123676)

Looks to me like PF, Impossible to say whether it'll be there for 6 weeks or 6 years. Better play it safe. Keep up the rest, do nothing that makes it worse. Try taping along with ice, avoid aggressive stretches. See a podiatrist or sports doc. Good luck.

Re: Just noticed plantar fascia pain. Any advice?

Sharon W on 7/06/03 at 19:47 (123677)


It sounds it could be the early stage of plantar fasciitis. By the way, in most cases early PF probably IS inflammation of the plantar fascia -- but if it's left untreated it can lead to a chronic condition that involves permanent tissue changes such as thickening of the plantar fascia. I would get myself referred to a good foot and ankle specialist, either a podiatrist or a foot and ankle specialized orthopedic surgeon.


Re: Just noticed plantar fascia pain. Any advice?

Suzanne D on 7/06/03 at 22:00 (123687)

I'm sorry about your pain, Duncan. There are many of us who can certainly relate!

If you haven't already, I encourage you to read about plantar fasciitis and what you can do to help yourself by reading The Heel Pain Book, free on this site (by clicking on the blue words here).

And my other bit of advice is not to put off going to the doctor about your pain.

Best wishes!
Suzanne :)

Re: Just noticed plantar fascia pain. Any advice?

PhysicsRon. on 7/07/03 at 00:40 (123692)

The internet doctors using e-mail might be one way to go. I found Dr Kiper follows up usually via e-mail for and indefinite period of time. Of course you expect one of his recommendations will be SDO's (on this site) but then that's what worked in my case of PF. Just a thought.


Necee on 7/08/03 at 23:51 (123812)

The best advice I can give you is.....DON'T HAVE SURGERY.

I've heard more horror stories than good ones on this subject.
My Dr wanted to rush right into surgery, I suffered with PF for almost 2 yrs and finally with time, resting, icing, and wearing the right shoes, I'm much better today.

Just think about it...when you have surgery, your foot is never the same. My cousin had surgery, and she hurts worse now than before she went under the knife. So many more people that I've talked to have the same results.
Educate yourself, and find a treatment that works for you, begin taking anti-inflammatory meds, and icing your foot. This is not going to get well over night, it takes weeks, months, even years to get over, so hang in there, and stay connected to this site, there's a lot of knowledge to be found here. Folks here are willing to help and answer any questions you may have.

All the best to you Duncan.