We Need Your Plantar Fasciitis Story

  • No one knows the cause of plantar fasciitis, which is why there are so many different treatments. The best way to solve a research question is to collect data. YOU HAVE THE BEST DATA, your story.
  • FitOldDog (Veterinary Pathologist and Researcher, Ironman-Distance Triathlete) and Rebecca (Body Movement Expert) want to fix your foot pain, but we need your data to add to our database. We have collected some fascinating stories, and every one helps.
 
 
 

FitOldDog’s Favorite Hamstring Stretch (Lengthening) Exercise

FitOldDog's Favorite Hamstring Stretch (Lengthening) ExerciseHamstring exercise machine

Muscle happiness comes from regular exercise, adequate recovery, and lengthening (stretching is really not a good term, it leads to the wrong attitude). Furthermore, each muscle has it's own personality, so you have to find a way to make each one happy - just like people!  It isn't really about stretching, it's about developing a healthy relationship. Hamstring strains are pretty common in runners, many of ... Read more

Body Awareness Training And The Art Of Stretching Into Your Later Years

Body Awareness Training And The Art Of Stretching Into Your Later YearsVery limber old woman

"Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plats are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail." From the Tao te Ching, Lao-tzu (about 300-400 BCE), translated by Steven ... Read more

Incorporate Exercise Into Your Travel Plans By Being Prepared

Incorporate Exercise Into Your Travel Plans By Being PreparedFitOldDog uses a rest stop as a track on the interstate

There is no reason to neglect your training on road trips, you just have to incorporate exercise into your travel plans. I stopped along the way to continue my training during today's drive, a long one, to the Cleveland Clinic for another CAT scan to check the state of my abdominal aortic aneurysm stent grafts. I'm just getting over realignment of my pelvis, and it is still a bit of a battle to bring my running ... Read more

A Good Book And Winter Walks To Reduce Tension In Mind And Body As A Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

A Good Book And Winter Walks To Reduce Tension In Mind And Body As A Treatment For Plantar FasciitisLa Rue Du Chat Qui Peche

One key to fixing bodily and mental injuries, is to learn to reduce tension. I have to admit that I really love to relax with a good book or a country walk. Sometimes a book will promote long forgotten memories of events gone by. The other day, I was reading a biography, recommended by a friend, about Paris in the fifties, when La Rue Du Chat Qui Pêche was mentioned in the narrative. This is a famous, very narrow, ... Read more

Interesting Results From FitOldDog’s Vegetable Gardening Experiment

Interesting Results From FitOldDog's Vegetable Gardening Experimenthttp://www.farmersguardian.com/slug-control-with-natural-soil-predators/17149.article

Remember my vegetable gardening experiment, set up a couple of months ago? I set up four different plots of immature soil, all with added worms, as follows (A) bacterial treatment, (B) worm casts, (C) bacterial treatment and worm casts, (D) nothing extra. Well, the results are in, though I guess I have to repeat it a number of times to be sure. That said, I'm going to apply bacterial treatment across the whole thing ... Read more

Finally Back In Training: Took One Year To Negotiate FitOldDog’s Plantar Fasciitis Roadmap

Finally Back In Training: Took One Year To Negotiate FitOldDog's Plantar Fasciitis RoadmapFitOldDog's plantar fasciitis map.

8k Run: Age Group 70 to 74. Position 5/10 Bib 1369/2206 Morgan, Kevin M71 Carrboro NC 5 of 10 13:01 01:04:42.87. Slow but Happy! I finally negotiated FitOldDog's plantar fasciitis roadmap, and running again, thanks to: Massage therapist, Tara (sent me to Perry). Osteopath Perry North Coach Pauline - easy does it. In August 2013, I had a bike wreck, which resulted in some interesting outcomes, including ... Read more

Simple Tricks To Improve Your Life, And Avoid Meetings As An Aspiring Scientist

Simple Tricks To Improve Your Life, And Avoid Meetings As An Aspiring ScientistScience Cover v1

As you get older, you learn that there are many simple tricks to improve your life. For instance, I was riding along in the car with Nick (16) the other day, when he said, "Kevin, you're in a really bad mood this morning. What's up?" I agreed! Then Nick said, "When I'm in a bad mood I just say to myself, 'No I'm not,' and it goes away." It's easy to change your mood if you find the approach that works for ... Read more

FitOldDog Studies Internet Marketing: How Victoria’s Secret Got It Right At Last, Beauty Instead Of Raw Sex

FitOldDog Studies Internet Marketing: How Victoria's Secret Got It Right At Last, Beauty Instead Of Raw SexKids praying

If you want to run a successful business, you have to do your market research, in my case internet marketing, or so I'm told daily by blogs that I follow, and more recently at the Internet Summit. One of my businesses is related to plantar fasciitis, so I research the condition from all angles, one of which is Internet search traffic. If you search on 'Marketing', you will see there are about 15,000 clicks on the ... Read more

Plantar Fasciitis Revisited: Determination Of Disease Pathogenesis Starts With Careful Observation

Plantar Fasciitis Revisited: Determination Of Disease Pathogenesis Starts With Careful ObservationA young FitOldDog

path·o·gen·e·sis ˌpaTHəˈjenəsis/ noun MEDICINE the manner of development of a disease. There are two kinds of pathologists, lumpers (best for generating effective tables for further statistical analysis) and splitters (more suited to basic research and NOT for generating useful tables; they complicate and question everything too much, but they can guide the focus of the lumpers, if they approach the issue ... Read more

FitOldDog’s Warning #2: Ebola Evades Two Arms Of The Human Immune System, Hopefully Not The Third?

FitOldDog's Warning #2: Ebola Evades Two Arms Of The Human Immune System, Hopefully Not The Third?Ebola predictions by CDC

There are at least three arms to the human immune system: (1) innate immunity (2) adaptive immunity (3) our intelligence, giving us the potential ability to avoid or suppress this challenge. Ebola is very effective at evading 1 and 2. I wonder if we will have the political foresight and wisdom to adequately apply 3, for our own defense, and that of the rest of the world? My opinion, based on ... Read more

Disclaimer: this publication does not provide medical advice. If you undertake or modify an exercise program, consult your medical advisors before doing so. Undertaking activities pursued by the author does not mean that he endorses your undertaking such activities, which is clearly your decision and responsibility. Be careful and sensible, please.