Since I'm still resting my plantar fasciitis infested left foot, I thought I'd pick up another Jillian Michaels DVD to give myself some variety in torture methods: Ripped in 30. It's similar to 30 Day Shred in that she uses her 3-2-1 circuit (3 min strength-2 min cardio-1 min core) for a 25 minute workout. This DVD comes with 4 levels; you're supposed to do each level 5 to 6 days per week then move to the next level. After completing all 4 levels, you are magically RIPPED in 30 (days)!
That's what I'm hoping for but doubtful I'll be shedding this extra layer I have with only these DVDs & my short bike-to/from-work commute. I like Jillian's DVD's - she can get you a great workout in 25 minutes in your living room without big equipment - but it's not the same as RUNNING. Need to get back to the spinning & pool.
TORTURE. FRUSTRATION. ALL YOU RUNNERS OUT THERE, ENJOYING SPRING WEATHER MOCK ME! YOU RUN PAST ME SMILING TO RUB IT IN THAT I MADE MY BED AND NOW I'M NOT RUNNING IN IT! BAH! DOUBLE BAH!
It was improving dramatically within 10 days of the acute onset at the high school track, since then it's just been stagnant. No better, no worse. Yesterday, I was thinking I'd just tape the hell out of my foot and go for a run to test 'er out. Then, I thought I should get an expert opinion (first smart thing in a while?).
Although I feel like I'm two-timing my wonderful PT of years past, I opted for convenience and a new approach and visited a new guy near my office. Have you heard of naturopathic physical medicine? I hadn't. This ND-PT guy is in the same office as the massage guy I lucked into finding the day my PF acted up. I was able to get in Monday and he did a full one-hour assessment of my:
back (my lower back doesn't bend, ya ya I know, thank you snowboarding), hips (tight left soleus), hams (tight), quads (right side stronger), knees (good!), calves (tight, right stronger), ankles (left one lacks mobility but why is this bad?), feet (flat, right pronates more than left, definite pain in left PF).
- Light soleus stretching (mmmm, felt goooood)
- Light calf stretching while standing on a big vibration plate (jiggly all over, made me need to pee)
- Cold laser therapy on my left foot, heel region where PF is tender (felt nothing but thought Dr. Evil would be jealous of the giant la-ser)
- Graston technique on PF & heel (tickled, actually had been hoping for some pain)
I actually felt some relief! It was modest but it was certainly something. I'm cautiously optimistic about this crazy physical medicine thing.
- Although the pain in my PF & calcaneous was there during the Graston stuff and felt "grainy," it wasn't a "washboard" as feared and the tenderness on the outside of the calcaneous didn't cause the tool to catch, which means likely not the result of bone spurs. Yes!
- Doc recommends another 5-ish sessions over this and next week - no running during this time. But, possibly after the end of these 2 weeks I can give it a try.
- Not enough time to train to RACE the Capital City Half Marathon that I signed up for in May. I'm just hoping I can jog it for training to avoid a second-ever DNS.
- Lack of running calorie burn impairs my beer (oh, lovely kegerator of Manny's) consumption rate.
Anyone have any plantar fasciitis healing tricks?