Yes! I fixed my plantar fasciitis.
With a Trigger Point Therapy Performance Roller.
Why? Because We’ve Studied This Condition, And We Want You Pain Free!
This was just the beginning of my introduction to
The Art And Science Of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
I’ve learned a lot about chronic plantar fasciitis, since then.
My subsequent plantar fasciitis journey is outlined below.
Failure of the roller on my second bout of plantar fasciitis,
led to our research program.
I had to find the underlying cause,
before the trigger point kit plantar fasciitis roller would work!
Yes! I fixed it, eventually! What a trip! Same principles, different journey.
The story behind FitOldDog’s Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Guide Or Roadmap
It worked for the authors!
Rebecca and FitOldDog.
So we undertook our plantar fasciitis research study.
FITOLDDOG’S EXCRUCIATING AND CHRONIC PLANTAR FASCIITIS JOURNEY
About seven years ago, I was training for the Lake Placid Ironman. All was going well. Then I awoke one morning. Stepped onto the floor. It felt as though I had a spike of glass in my heel. Like a stabbing knife.
I sat back down, somewhat surprised.
I was training pretty hard, it’s true. But I didn’t have the usual symptoms of overtraining. You know! Short temper. Unable to sleep! What was this thing? At first, I thought that I’d bruised my heel. That didn’t feel right, though. Oh! No! Not plantar fasciitis. I’d heard of this condition, but never suffered from it.
Having a condition oneself makes it more personal. More real! Not something that happens to other people! That’s how it was with my first bout of so-called plantar fasciitis (don’t get me started on the name – it’s way off base).
I tried all sorts of advertised, and often expensive, treatments. A boot. Tape. Didn’t work. Frozen water-bottle roller. No luck! Pain killers. To no avail. It was always worse in the morning. Or after sitting for some time. I tried shoe inserts, including heel and arch supports. Different shoes, and a range of running styles.
Running made it much worse the next day. I visited chiropractors, sports physicians, a podiatrist (including a clueless and somewhat inebriated one). I moved onto acupuncture, massage, and sports massage (ouch!).
My eldest son, Nick, said, “Dad, why don’t you try a roller?”
I bought one. Used it for several weeks on my tight calves, along with lot of hamstring stretching. The plantar fasciitis melted away. This led to the creation of our first ebook.
Gone! No more morning heel pain, for several years to come. I wondered whether overtraining had induced the condition. So I backed off a bit. I never did know the answer.
That is why plantar fasciitis is such a pain. It comes! It goes! But why? It can be both induced and cured by intense exercise, or even pregnancy. Weird! All diseases are weird, until you understand them.
In 2013, I qualified for the World Half Ironman Championships, in Las Vegas. I did this by winning my age-group (65-69) in a local race. Off we went to Las Vegas, to have some fun. Which we did, except for one thing.
At mile 26 of the race, on the bike, CRASH. A young man rode into the back of me. Blood and bikes all over the road. He was out of the race, with a broken pedal and a damaged knee. I was bleeding profusely from my right hand. I finished the race, all bandaged up, and we went on to enjoy the town.
Unbeknownst to me, three, yes, three, things happened to me during that bike wreck.
1. Torn up hand. Since then, I always wear bike gloves in races. Even though it costs a minute in transition.
2. Dislocated abdominal aortic aneurysm stent graft. The left arm, in the common iliac artery, came loose. I’m lucky to be alive. A few months later, after finding the problem in a routine ultrasound. I headed for my second aortic surgery. Once again, saved by a great surgical team.
3. Subluxated pelvis. My hips thrown out of line. I had no idea, anymore than I was aware of the dislocated stent graft.
Once over my second aortic surgery. In the spring of 2014. Ironman training resumed. But I couldn’t run! My right calf and left hip would lock up. Within a few hundred yards of running. Walk and it went away. This continued for a year or more, despite my best efforts to fix the problem.
I put arch supports back in my running shoes. In a frustrated attempt to loosen my calf. Completed a couple of easy miles, stretching my right calf and left hip every few hundred yards. As usual!
The next day? You guessed it!
PLANTAR FASCIITIS CAME BACK, IN THE OTHER FOOT!!!
Was it due to the arch supports? Occam’s Razor says, “Yes!” Who knows? Removing them again, didn’t fix the problem.
To cut a long story short! A great Osteopath put my pelvis back in line. Roller work with lots of stretching. Followed by many single leg calf raises. As recommended in our first plantar fasciitis treatment e-book, by the way. Experiments with the ASTRO, that demonstrated the importance of arch activation.
Finally, my second case of plantar fasciitis dissolved away. You think it will never go, and then it does!
I’m back in Ironman training. Heel pain-free! As of this writing, and after dry needling to loosen up my gluteus minimus, PLANTAR FASCIITIS IS GONE (AGAIN!).
This experience was educational. It led to our ‘theory of plantar fasciitis pathogenesis (cause of the disease).’ Described in detail in blog posts, and FitOldDog’s Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Roadmap.
It would appear that no two cases of plantar fasciitis are the same.
It’s a progressive disease.
The sooner you fix it the better.
You are the best person to fix it, with appropriate help.
NEVER GIVE UP!
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Wishing you happy trails.