I’m still hopping around on one foot. After more than a year of painful plantar fasciitis heel pain in my left foot (since December 2009) and months of not running (since June 2009) and medical care, this cursed injury has still not gone away.
It’s hard to have an identity of “Runner” and not be able to run. Having a cheerful and fit ultra runner girl friend who moved in across the street recently just put salt in the would.
Me: “How did your 50K training run go in San Diego last weekend?”
Ms. Ultra Runner: “Oh fine. I’m really not very sore at all. *laughs * It was a tough run though. The wheels came off at about mile 20 but I managed to get it together and finish…”
Dang! I so wanted to be her. Dang! She’s so happy and looks so fabulous…Dang! I want to run again…Dang! Dang! Dang! (Can you tell I’m missing my daily running fix? :/ )
So, out of frustration (and desperation) I looked for some sports injury advice from my @MultisportMama followers on Twitter. Here’s their advice in a nutshell:
- Stretch (gastrosoleus/calves/hamstrings), wear night splint to take load off foot tendons/fascia
- Strength train (heal raises, towel pulling with toes, core workouts, etc)
- Increase circulation with deep tissue massage, ultrasound or rolling foot on tennis ball
- Wear custom orthotics (I’m waiting for a pair to get finished now)
- Swim or bike (Don’t run and cross-train instead)
How is that for some open source “cloud care”? It was free. It actually worked for other runners. It’s based on first person evidence. It’s current (meaning it is not based on some study done 20 years ago or a book). And, there is no financial incentive for them to sell me over-priced products and services that don’t work.
To give credit where credit is due, here are some of running Twitter friends who kindly gave me the advice (and agreed to share their tweet names this morning in time for this post):
Do you remember those $700 toilet seats from back in the 90s? That’s how I feel about the insurance-inflated prices for stuff I have in my medical system. The $250 co-pay for the MRI, the $40 co-pay for “therapeutic exercises and ultrasound therapy” twice a week, the $53 felt heel pad shoe inserts, the more expensive gel heel pad after my stress fracture was finally diagnosed (took 10 weeks for Anthem to approve the MRI)…