I've been trying a variety of things to shake this plantar fasciitis. I've been pouring over online info and attending PT 1-2x weekly. My progress is stagnant. When I was first injured, I dutifully wore my runners with my old orthodics that I ditched back in July 2010 when I began adopting the new mid/fore-foot strike and lower profile shoe. No progress.
This is where I decided to go rogue. Against my doc's recommendation, I went orthodic- and support shoe- free.
Enter Beavis & Butthead, Breakin' the law, breakin' the law!
- I literally got rid of all my shoes that are not flat (except for the heels I wear to weddings a couple times a year) and bought a pile of new shoes that are as close to zero-drop as possible (more on that another time).
- I went "barefoot" for several weeks in my new Ahnu, Merrel, Altra, and Brooks shoes.
- My PT scowled at me each time he saw me walk in with shoes that didn't lend any arch support or anti-pronation support.
- I keep seeing the same PT because I really do like his therapy for the "effect," I'm just left to my own devices for the "cause."
- No progress. PF no worse, no better.
- I'm not ready to let go of the barefoot philosophy so I decided to try a new experiment: continue walking/day-to-day activities in the zero-drop/barefoot shoes but perform exercise in my zero-drop + orthodics.
- In the meantime, I'm looking at my diet more and learning about reducing "inflammatory" foods, planning changes that may help reduce inflammation and a general blah feeling.
Oh, and I've been taping EVERY. DAY. Shoulda bought stock in KT Tape.
So here I sit, getting caught up on the 750+ emails in my work inbox (on vacation last week), rolling a frozen water bottle under my foot, scrunching a towel with my toes, and contemplating a last ditch resort: CORTISONE shot. Tricia (Endurance Isn't Only Physical) did this last year and hasn't had any issues since. I'm not sure my doc will do this so I might have to try someone new. I'll ask tomorrow at my appointment. Any thoughts on this?
Also, as I sit here icing, I wonder if I'll regret the little bit of a run I did today. OH YES, I DID. I really needed it. We lost a friend this weekend to a car accident and I just needed to get outside and lose myself for a while. It was good medicine but would have been even better if I could have pushed myself to exhaustion, where I could sweat out the tears. *sigh*
I went for a <3 mi walk-jog. In total, I did 9 minutes of running in increments of a few minutes. After the first running stint, my feet were screaming at me in the orthodics so I ditched those for the rest of the walk-jog. This felt MUCH better.
Ok, so back to the totally zero-drop/barefoot experiment. Tomorrow, I get up the courage to ask about a shot?