Dealing with a Running Injury

Just writing this post make it real for me but here I am writing about something I’ve never had to worry about before.

I’m officially injured with plantar fasciitis. (PF)

PF is something that I’ve always heard about from other runners and to be honest it always sounded awful. I’ve breezed through life with only minor injuries (chafing, back pain in high school cross country, and my knees hurt a few years ago when I tried a walk/run method with friends) but nothing significant.

During the marathon two weeks ago I had a callous on the inside of my right foot below my big toe, you can see the remains of it in the lovely runners feet photos below. It ended up bothering me while I was racing. I deliberately didn’t do anything about it ahead of time because I didn’t want it to become infected before the marathon. And it didn’t bother me anyway, at least before the marathon it didn’t bother me.

I could tell while I was running that I was adjusting my stride and foot strike so that the callous would hurt less. After 26.2+ miles of doing this it just became too much for my poor little foot. My heel and the outside of my foot stretching to my toes throbbed after the run and really my whole right side felt off. I was limping but it slowly started to feel better after several days.

I tried my first run after the marathon with 4 days of rest. I only got about 3/4 of a mile before my heel started hurting. At this point I didn’t even consider PF but just decided I must have bruised my heel and that I would try running every other day. This seemed to work because my next run was pain free (yay!) but then my next one after that was painful again. After that run I knew that something was seriously wrong and started to suspect PF.

I posted about being injured on Instagram, which automatically forwards to Twitter, which is where a physical therapist found me. Lissa is from South Africa and took a lot of time with me to answer my questions, look at pictures of my feet and give me treatment options. All for free. I’m still amazed by how much she helped me.

 

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She recommended rest, daily stretches, rolling my foot on a frozen water bottle and then rolling it on a tennis ball several times a day. The ice bottle feels amazing. She also recommended wrapping my foot and possibly buying an insert for my shoe and a splint to wear at night. It’s all very time consuming but I want this to heal quickly so I can get back out there to run like I want.

I also stopped by a local running store to look for inserts for my shoe and ended up talking with an employee that is also a runner, of course. She had some great advice and actually recommended that I stay a little active. Go on a 10 minute walk or run a little bit at a time. She also recommended that I start with the Feetures Plantar Fasciitus Sleeve. She has had PF before and it was good to hear advice from someone that has dealt with it.

 

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I bought the sleeve and it has already helped so much. My foot feels stronger with the sleeve on and, fingers crossed, I’m hoping that the sleeve, along with rest and stretching, will help me get back to running soon.

So that’s where I’m at right now. I’m still deciding if I need to see a doctor about my foot or if doing the stretches and therapy that Lissa recommended will be enough for me.


weeklytraininglog

 

Weekly Workouts

Monday: Rest

Tuesday:  3.01 miles (9:49 pace)

Pain free until about mile 2 today. I really thought I was all better but then knew something was really wrong when the pain started up again.

Wednesday:  Cycling: 6 miles with Little A & Little E in the trailer (~ 60 lbs)

Thursday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 10 Minutes Core Work

Friday:   20 minutes Spin Bike + 20 minutes Strength

Saturday: Rest

Sunday: Rest

 

Run This Year | A Mother's PaceOne of my main goals for 2014 is to Run This Year in kilometers. That’s 2,014 kilometers or 1,251.44 miles.

Weekly Running Miles: 3.01 (9:49 pace)

October Running Miles: 67.26

2014 Running Miles: 1,164.04

2014 Running Kilometers: 1,873

 

 

Have you struggled with PF? How did you heal it?

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7 comments

  1. Michelle C says:

    NOOOOOOO! All of my running blogger friends are injured! I think it is contagious! Hope this resolves quickly for both of us. I want to get some quality runs in before the snow starts.

    • Thanks, Michelle. I agree. I was driving today and noticing all the leaves changing colors and on the ground. I want to run through those leaves!! I hope you are back to normal soon.

  2. Jodi says:

    Oh Angie, I am so sorry!! PF is no fun!! I had a slight case of it quite a while back. Hang in there…recover well..keep your chin up! Cheering for you girl!

  3. Marnie @ SuperSmartMama says:

    I always feel it’s beneficial to read about runner’s injuries. I ran for many years injury free and then in 2010, when I was training for my second marathon, I think I started getting the precursors to PF. I’m glad you found some people to help you with recovering from your injury! Also good to know that Feetures has a a PF sleeve. News to me!

    I hope you are running pain-free soon enough.

  4. Michelle says:

    I am having this same pain on my left heel and I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that it was PF. I only feel it right after a long run and then day after. It then dissipates. I’ve heard it’s comment with high arches. Since we have the same shoes — is this coincidence? Mine are a little big, and I’m wondering if that has anything to do with it? Because I’m an idiot, I have another full in a month — I’m hoping it heals a little.

    Let me know if any of this works!!

    • I don’t think that my injury is specifically from those shoes, although they probably played a part in it. I had a callous that hurt during the marathon and it changed my stride. After the marathon my entire right side was messed up and my right heel and arch started hurting. I have since been to a running store and they told me that my shoes were too small (which are still a half size larger than my normal shoes) so when I need my next pair of shoes I’m going in to get sized again.
      I can’t even think about running on this pain so it’s nice that you can still get some miles in. My husband started taping my foot every day too and this, along with the sleeve and stretching seem to be making a huge difference. I’ve been pain free for 3.5 days now. It’s not like I’m counting… :)
      You are amazing for already doing a half and then doing a full again so soon! I’m a little jealous and I hope it goes well for you! I hope that your heel pain goes away completely soon!

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