My plantar fasciitis began after my Disneyland Half Marathon which was 3 months ago, 9/3.
After completing the 13.1 miles I have post race slippers that I use. I kick off my sneakers and give my feet some air. As soon as I put my slippers on I felt my feet hurt badly. I thought nothing of it and continued to walk thinking it would pass. Three days after the race the pain on my right food did not subside. Throughout a month and a half the pain in my foot came and went. I was even able to go on a few short runs around the neighborhood.
After about 7 weeks after my 13.1 run, sometime in the end of October, 10/28 to be exact, my foot was full of pain. I went to a pumpkin patch and wore short heels, but for a very long period of time and my foot was shot. I could not stand it. Also, at this point I had no idea of what was going on with my foot. I had not gone to the doctor and had no self-cure.
I complained to some coworkers what was going on and said it could be plantar fasciitis and suggested I see a podiatrist. I would think to myself what could have happened because I have been running for years and know all the basic do’s and don’ts for running. It all happened during my Disney run weekend back on September 2 & 3. The 10k on Saturday was perfectly fine, but it was the half marathon on Sunday is where I made a beginner move of a runner. Biggest running rule…NEVER, NEVER WEAR NIKE’S DURING A RUN. I know this, rather I should know this. I have no idea what I was thinking I would be okaying wearing Nike’s for a half marathon. That’s why basic Asics or Brooks shoes are made! They are made for functionality. I wore my Nike’s for the 10k on Saturday and again for the half marathon on Sunday. HUGE rookie mistake and this is where it all started.
I did my own online research on self-cures, but I really wanted to see a doctor. I made numerous attempts to contact my doctor for a referral to see a foot doctor and it took about 2 weeks before finally getting an appointment to see a podiatrist. I told another coworker of mine and they suggested I wear arch support and wear comfortable shoes to help my foot heal. At this point, it is around November so 2 months after my 13.1 race and I was finally able to see a podiatrist. I told the doctor that I was wearing arch support and roll my foot on a hard ball. She asked if I wanted a Cortisone shot and I absolutely wanted the inflammatory relief. The shot hurt like hell! I was advised to not workout or go to the gym for 3 days and only swim or cycle.
It has been just under a month since visiting the doctor and sometimes I feel like the pain is subsiding, but sometimes the pain comes back. It really depends on the day. I continue to wear my arch support everyday and sometimes roll my foot on a ball. I have not been able to run since 10/21 (from MapMyFitness app), but I frequent the gym often.
My biggest fear in this all is that I will not be able to run for a while or at all. I want to be able to get back into my running peak, but now I am back at zero. As much as I hate it I have to wait a little bit longer until I get back to 100% before running again.