Ah, this blog has become such a litany of woes, I might as well just re-name it “I’m Getting Old, Falling Apart and Whining About It.” Seriously, though. Really?
No sooner had I gotten over the bummershock of having a faulty thyroid, than I began waking up with excruciating, hobble-inducing, holding-onto-walls heel pain. It had started out as a dull ache which I not very brightly ignored. Then while we were on our lovely vacation in San Miguel de Allende, which involved miles of tromping around on picturesque cobblestone streets, lo and behold it worsened every day. I think my foot liked those pretty streets very much.
Plantar fasciitis. OW.
And it pretty much put me off walking except when absolutely necessary, and running, like ever. WAHHH!
More travel happened. A long weekend in Louisiana for an amazing family reunion. Boatloads of crab (no exaggeration at all!). Ten thousand percent humidity. Aching heel. No movement. Pathetic thyroid. All this adding up to… more weight gain, overall bummedeness, etc.
More travel. Back to California, and straight to Pact Camp. Intense emotions, busy days. NO time to deal with anything. But along the way, I’ve been picking up suggestions and ideas from fellow PF sufferers. Rub your foot with a metal spoon. Icing. Dansko clogs. Splints.
But now I’ve been home a few days, and I’m re-grouping. One great thing that happened while I was zigzagging around the country is that Carla favorite a tweet that said something about The Sock.
Then, shortly after, Frank answered.
I clicked on the link for the Sock. I watched the video. It was designed by a physical therapist! My people! I sure liked the IDEA of a sock rather than a rigid splint, which I knew would drive me insane within minutes. I read a ton of enthusiastic reviews, and then I ordered.
It arrived yesterday. I put it on before I went to bed. I already had a feeling that keeping my ankle/foot at a 90 degree angle, even if in a flexy sort of way, would be radical. I like to sleep on my stomach or my side, and my feet are pretty much in high-ballerina position all night. Yes, my heel cord was getting SUPER tight.
I didn’t apply it super tightly. I’d read warnings about numb toes and such, if it was too tight. I didn’t want to freak out myself or my toes.
I woke up this morning. The proof is in the STANDING UP, which is normally when I double over from pain and have to grab at the bedpost to stay upright. And then I hop to the bathroom on one foot. It’s not nice.
But this morning — I had the dull ache, but it was equal to what I normally feel after hours of walking around. It was GREATLY improved.
I have been so very discouraged and bummed about this, I didn’t want to write about it until I felt at least a glimmer of hope. Well, it’s glimmering. Here’s to turning a corner and having no new parts fall apart for a while.
I’ve been trying not to feel too sorry for myself when I see friends out and running or walking 5ks, 10ks, half marathons, triathlons every weekend. But I tell myself, I’ll be back. And now I think I might even believe it, a little bit.
July 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm
UGH – so sorry!!!!! I know we don’t have the same feet probs but my Hoka OneOne shoes saved my exercise life & now when I have to stand long or walk a show, I wear them. I know Carla bought a pair. Not sure how much she likes them but you might ask her. I might help as you recoup.
July 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm
My dear Ito falling apart, Griffin had (“had” is operative word) plantar faschitis (sp?) and a trip to the podiatrist and inserts worn in shoes and voila!! At first, Griffin also had to do some foot exercises. But that’s it!! The pain is significant but there’s a fix. My friend Steven also had PF and inserts did the trick. Got my fingers crossed.
July 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm
I just happened on your blog, and I just have to put in my two cents. I don’t have PF, but I do /did have a heel spur which irritated the Achilles Tendon and after MANY doctor visits and PT I was told not to come back until I was ready for surgery. I bought this sock and it totally took the pain away! I hope it works for you.
August 3, 2014 at 6:58 pm
It does suck, but any kind of splint should help the morning pain. I like the sock better too. I also wanted to add that there is a link between tendon/PF issues and thyroid issues… so hopefully as you go through treatment for thyroid you will see the PF improve as well.
July 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm
Are you still a believer in the sock? I noticed you had a later post about continuing problems. Did the sock actually cause more problems? What do you think now?