Have you ever been running and you start to feel stabbing pain on the bottom of your feet whenever you take another step? Does it feel like your shoes don’t really fit? You might have plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of your plantar fascia.
Freeze, before you start a GoFundMe, it’s very common.
This weekend, I was unable to run my favorite 5K, Run Jen Run benefitting Go Jen Go. Go Jen Go is a local Charlotte charity that provides monetary support to breast cancer patients. It’s a real way to impact the women around me in this city.
This 5K usually kicks of the running season for me. It gets a little warmer outside and days a little longer. This year was the exception to everything. It was getting painful to just stand and walk at work. So I knew I needed to rest. I still walked the race with a friend and it was a fun way to fit in a little exercise on a crisp March morning. The Sunday after the race, it snowed (…and then melted a few hours later #NCSpring).
So here are a few of the methods I found to self treat.
- The old trusty tennis ball trick.
- Grab a paper/plastic party cup and freeze water in it. Roll it under your foot, just like the tennis ball.
- Rolling out your calf when your foot is relaxed and flexed.
- Resting your feet and providing arch support during the day. I got these compression socks to help.
- Stretching before working out.
Number 5 is probably where I went wrong. Millennials, always on the go. Your body makes you pay. Take time to stretch, and maybe take that deep stretch yoga class instead of flow one day. It’ll do your mind and body good.
Beyond these tips, you will have to see a physical therapist or a doctor for other interventions.
Do you have plantar fasciitis? How did you self treat? I’ll update later to let you know how these methods worked!