From no more pain. Okay… not exactly.
This morning I visited Dr. B, the Active Release Therapist, to have her work on my plantar fasciitis problem. I was actually surprised how much it DID NOT HURT while she applied pressure and worked on it. That was promising. Especially after yesterday when I broke down and figured I could ride my trainer for 35 minutes. It later hurt. But maybe the reason lays here:
My foot didn’t feel so bad until I started walking around in these flat flip flops, which were appropriate since we were going to the beach. Tom says I shouldn’t wear them anymore. Or any shoes that make my foot hurt after I wear them. Soon, I may be walking barefoot…
Dr. B also recommended I visit her just a couple more times. This also insinuated that I would be better after that. Also promising. She didn’t really want me to do too much therapy myself. She just said to stretch my calf a little. Not a ton. Just a little. She also wants me to stretch my hamstrings, which are really tight. In addition to working on my foot, she adjusted my lower back: L 5. My back hurts A LOT when I walk a mile or more. It doesn’t hurt like that when I run, which is peculiar. Most importantly, she said to ice the bottom of my foot in the painful area, with one ice cube “after I run.” I liked that part. It felt like she was giving me permission to run. But I’m not going to. Not yet. I will ice it though, now, and when I do start running again. Just to be safe.
I did the single ice cube method tonight and it felt pretty good, and was easier than pulling out an ice pack or frozen water bottle.
She also advised, as she did a year ago, that I try running in Newton shoes. I did try that last summer and love, love, love those shoes, but I’ve been afraid to run in them after I strained my calf at the beginning of a run. I don’t think it had a thing to do with the shoes… my calf was about to give out after running on that injury for too long. I will give the Newtons another chance when I start running again in a few weeks.
Tonight, I’m feeling hopeful.