Tuesday, September 16, 2014
For monthsÖ okay a yearÖ Iíve had pain issues in my right heel. I remember the day it started quite clearly. I was walking home from work, the back of my shoe was coming apart and started rubbing on my heel (basically shredding my heel). I started to change my gait to keep it from doing that and was walking kind of funny. I should have got on the bus but instead, I kept walking the rest of the 5k. And ever since then, Iíve had issues with pain in that heel and calf and I think Iíve really messed myself up.
I have a history of plantar fasciitis in my in-step on both feet but not on my heels. Iíve worn orthotics for years and the in-step problem had largely subsided. But for the past year, ever since that day I have had heel pain plantar fasciitis in my right foot and Iím completely to blame for how bad it is now because instead of wearing shoes with orthotics in all summer Iíve been wearing sandals. Not horrible sandals, I mean they were expensive sandals with arch support etc. but they werenít custom orthotics. And Iíve been wearing them almost every day since the beginning of May and now here I am in September and my right foot is just KILLING me. So sore in the morning I can barely walk. Eases up a bit during the day but still a constant ache. I canít do any long distance walking and the running thing is completely off the table now. My calf is so tight now too Ė I guess in relation to the heel thing. So the past couple of days Iíve been begging for the weather to turn so that I could start wearing full support shoes and not be overly hot. All this sun and Iím now begging for overcast and rain.
It seems that no matter how much stretching I do, itís not making any difference. Everything I have read though says that I have to wear those orthotics all the time Ė even in the house Ė and that I need to ice, stretch, ice, golf ball roll, ice, and massage my calf. So Iíve been doing these things for the past few days. So far it hasnít made a difference but other than cutting off my foot, this is my only option. A concentrated effort to heal the heel!
Actually, Iím kind of just a big ball of hurt lately. In addition to the kickboxing 3 days a week Ė which takes a toll on my shoulders, I started in my bowling league last week (Iíve never been in a league Ė Iíve never bowled more than twice a year). And omg I was SO sore by the end of the night and for several days following. My right shoulder, forearm and wrist were all sore and tender. Actually, itís bowling night again tonight and Iím still sore from last week. My team assures me that this will go away after the first few weeks. I sure hope so! I did buy my own bowling shoes (Amazon - $25) so I can at least put my orthotics in those.
Okay, Iíll stop whining now. But I huuuuuuuuuurt.
(Oh - PS - for those that care - I did manage to get through Day 12 of the cleanse. And then had PIZZA. And it was awesome).