Whinging on about PF...

...does it ever go?

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24/08/2007 at 22:38
There was another link on Plantar Fasciitis but it's gone quiet, so I thought I'd bring it to attention again. If anyone would like to chat in here about the looooonnngggg road to recovery, I'd be glad to swap stories.

I'm currently giving the green superfeet inserts a go. Seems to help, but then again, I have stopped running now as well, so who knows?!

I have a question. I have a lump, scar tissue, which I need to break down. The thing is, by pumelling the injury site I only encourage the formation of web scar tissue again. How can I get out of this never ending circle?

Help footman, are you there?
28/08/2007 at 08:45
sorry dear, been away soaking up the drizzle on the south coast, have you tried rollong your foot over a golf ball
28/08/2007 at 13:09

Yep, can I be overdoing this maby and making it worse?

Sorry to hear your hols were a washout (

28/08/2007 at 13:10
Whoops wrong smiley. Should've been this one
28/08/2007 at 13:15

the weather was actually very good, but people expect you to talk about bad weather in the UK 

not sure you are over doing it, keep trying the ice if the area is sore

28/08/2007 at 13:23
How many bags of peas can one get through in a month I ask you! he he...
28/08/2007 at 13:27
try biofreeze gel, lasts for hours and you don't have to sit still
28/08/2007 at 13:28

still going for me

i'm rolling a hard knobbly green plastic ball under my feet as we speak - not sure where i got it from but it's purpose built for pf

also using a cold pad i bought at flm expo - didn't think it would get this much use!

nearly there - i'm training on cross trainer at the gym which sometimes affects the pf but not nearly as much as running and i can't stop training altogether - here's to running again soon 

28/08/2007 at 13:29
lots of calf and hamstring stretches too
28/08/2007 at 13:35

Thanks Footman & PottingShed. If you remember where the ball came from let me know. That sounds great!

Where do I get biofreeze gel? Can you get it at the pharmacy?

28/08/2007 at 13:37
boots and other good pharmacies sell it as do selected foot related business
28/08/2007 at 13:39
Right. thanks  ...and off to shops.
28/08/2007 at 13:44

i googled it - there you go! Good luck in finding one

I may even have bought it on hols in US

28/08/2007 at 13:49
well there you go, i use their fast fix glue [great for sticking soles back on running shoes]  and have the sole and heel press...never knew they did things like that
28/08/2007 at 14:11
Ooh... happy feet. Thanx for the link PottingShed.
08/08/2012 at 11:01

Hi Wacky Racer, many years have past since your post however did the green superfeet help your PF?

08/08/2012 at 20:45

Good luck to all of the runners who have P.F,  it is bloody horrible injury and i had days when i didnt think it will ever go, then when it did go in my left foot i had the condition in my right foot months later. My advice would be dont stop running with P.F just cut your distance down, I still dont think assics runners done me any favours, i changed to Reebok transition which bend practically in half.

08/08/2012 at 22:52
Talos why do the reeboks help if they are flexible? I thought you needed loads of firm support and protection for PF to recover?
09/08/2012 at 04:02

If its any help, my mum (who doesn't run) has had PF. She walks a lot and in stupid shoes which is probably why she has this problem. She saw a physio who gave her foot exercises to do with a tennis ball and then hot-cold therapy. (Two bowls, one with hot water the other with ice, swap feet from one to the other) her PF had been bothering her for about 6-8 months before she started treatment and went away after about a month. She still wears stupid shoes and walks long distances but now does walk barefoot at home and I think this helps.


With regards to the scar tissue, what you need to do is keep your feet moving. Its the same with many ligament injuries, the scar tissue with begin to form again but if you keep breaking it up it shouldn't form in the same way, keep your feet flexible with things like a golf ball or tennis ball and calf raises, walking barefoot and of course foot massage. Don't run until your healed or your just inviting the problem back again. Rest will make a big difference (and sleeping well) but rest does not mean you can't keep moving to keep your feet flexible.

09/08/2012 at 04:56
Talos do you still have it or did you get rid of it, how?
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