Things happen…. notice I did not say “%%^& happens” although it could fit! Even our best intentions sometimes are challenged by unexpected events. This could be a cold, flu, sprain, event in the family that requires our time (limiting workout times) etc.
In my case, my situation was self-inflicted although unplanned. Since I knew I was going to be standing for many many hours during the 10 day craft fair, I went out and bought really comfy shoes with a nice insole, rubber sole, and cushioned – and I bought 1/2 size larger thinking this would be more comfortable if my feet ended up swelling by the end of the day.
At around day 5 of 10, I started feeling pain in my heel, especially when getting out of bed. I didn’t pay much attention figuring it was simply due to the amount of standing I was doing throughout the day. And I was right, but the smart thing would have been to strap on my runners instead of what I thought were perfect standing shoes.
By the end of the craft fair, my left underfoot was burning. I did some research and determine, based on the symptoms, that I had developed plantar Fisciitis.
According to Wkiipedia, Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammatory process of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue on the sole (bottom surface) of the foot. It is often caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. It is a very common condition and can be difficult to treat if not looked after properly. The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus (heel bone) and extending along the sole of the foot towards the toes. It is commonly associated with long periods of weight bearing.
According to the Mayo clinic, Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners. In addition, people who are overweight, women who are pregnant and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.
Fortunately, this is reversible with stretching exercises and taping of the foot and othotics. I’ve been stretching multiple times a day and the symptoms have noticeably reduced in the past few weeks. I’ve inserted a soft gel heel pad and that also seemed to help for some time.
I’ve still done some kettlebell work and will re-incorporate my elliptical and treadmill workouts little at a time. This may have curtailed my workouts, but it is NOT a reason to forfeit ALL workouts. Here is where my trusty kettlebells come in to account.
It’s a set back, but one I can manage – so YES, %^&* happens, but our ability to find alternate things to do will ensure I don’t fall behind on my personal quest to get healthier!