Re: Help with Psychological effects of PF
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Posted by liz on May 22, 1998 at 15:31:30:
Don't give up quite yet. PF takes time and patience to get over. I am a triathlete and I took 6 mo. off from running to take care of my PF. As a result, I was able to race last weekend AND I found out that I really had not lost too much speedwise. During my time off from running, I kept fit by agua-jogging, biking, swimming, and lifting (concentrating on my legs more than normal). Mentally, you need to look at these activities as a way to stay active, not as a "cheap substitute". I know it is VERY frustrating but you need to keep a positive attitude. I can't tell you what type of therapy will be the answer for you but the best bet is to stay aggresive with it but hold off on the surgery. I highly recommend custom orthotics, massage, and stretching. Also, don't try running until you are pain free, without the benefits of drugs or shots, and then start back with 5-10 min. runs and work back up very slowly. Coming back slowly from an injury is critical unless you want to hurt yourself all over again. Good luck.
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