Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Foot Pain? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Quick poll for all you runners out there -- do any of you suffer from foot pain?

Specifically, I have been having foot pain for awhile now when I get out of bed or when I stand up after sitting for a long period of time. It isn't a sharp pain, but it is a recognizable mild pain in my foot/heel. Usually it subsides after I walk around for awhile, but it can make for some slow walking right after getting out of bid, out of the car, or out of a chair.

I'm just curious if anyone else has experienced this, and if there is any treatment to help it get better.

Happy Wednesday everyone.


11 comments:

Hi! I'm Erin said...

I did for awhile last year and then it just stopped. I wish I knew what I did to make it go away. Perhaps it was updating my shoes. Perhaps it was more stretching. Perhaps I changed my running form. I really don't know. I know PF is one of the worst things to deal with. We had a podiatrist come speak to our running club and he said that PF is typically caused by tight calf muscles.

busyrunningmama said...

Sounds like it could be mild plantar faciitis - ....couple things to try. Freeze a water bottle, once frozen, sit in a chair and roll your foot over the water bottle applying pressure..... There also pressure points that you can massage that will help...one is suprisingly behind your knee and the other on the bottom of the foot...try this website for pictures of the trigger points and see it helps! http://www.thestick.net/Articles/how_i_manage_plantar_fasciitis.htm

ShirleyPerly said...

I had a mild bout with PF a couple years back that went away in a few weeks with some of the usual remedies (very little running, calf stretches, rolling on a tennis ball, icing) but while working at my local running store recently I listened in on a conversation between 2 other employees who've dealt with it for years. What I remember them saying was that they both wore orthotics pretty much all the time, esp. in shoes they wore when NOT running, even inside the house and never went barefoot. Still, they had some noticeable PF pain but it wasn't so bad they needed to get surgery. The frustrating thing, though, was that it never seemed to completely go away either so it was mostly dealing with pain management so they could continue to run. I truly hope you can somehow get rid of your PF issues before it gets to be chronic like theirs!!

Evolving Through Running said...

I'm right in the middle of trying to deal with the exact same issues. Haven't been to a doctor (yet), but everything I've read points to Plantar Fasciitis. Take a look at the last couple posts on my blog for a summary of what I'm trying. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be getting much better so far, but hopefully I'll turn the corner.
Let me know if you come up with something that give you some relief - I'm open for any suggestions.

TiredMamaRunning said...

It does sound like mild plantar fascitis-per a great tip from my PT (also a runner), I like to use a large frozen orange to roll much like you would with a tennis ball. Can't remember if I mentioned this tip to you before, but it's so good that it is worth mentioning again.

RunnuRMark said...

I agree with everyone else, it does sound like good old PF. I thought I remembered you blogging about trying those night socks some time ago. Was that you? Did those help? Shoes can really have a big impact on it though. I don't deal with it much anymore now that I've changed out my running AND work shoes.

Lacy said...

My recent solution to my foot problems was to get narrow shoes. Even when I have the pain in street shoes, I don't get it in the running shoes. Just a thought.
It was really nice to meet your wife. I got to watch your blondie son play goalie for a bit too today. What a sweet looking boy!
One day, maybe we'll meet :)

lindsay said...

didn't you say it was PF at one point? (i feel like maybe you did?) anyway that can be a beast. my friend battled with it for over a year - it's not one of those injuries you can "push through" unfortunately.

PF or not - hope you figure out what it is and how you can fix it!

RunningLaur said...

Yep, sounds exactly like Plantar Faciitis - which you've been through the ringer with. What has helped mine the most has been wearing arch supports in my normal shoes (in my running shoes was too much and lead to shin problems), and stretching/massaging my feet. The massage is most important before you get out of bed in the morning - before there is any weight on your feet and when you've been at a desk for a while. If you wait until after you stand up, you've done the damage and more scar tissue will form, (you're feeling pain from the inflexibility of the scar tissue in your feet. no scar tissue = no pain.)

Bad news is, PF tends to come and go forever. Good news is that it really doesn't lead to a more debilitating injury like stress fractures.

Good good good luck

The Happy Runner said...

I agree w/the others on the PF diagnosis. That stinks!

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