Only the physio is private. And we both agreed after a couple of months of treatment that we didn't feel that things were improving, so I've not seen her for a couple of months. I initially left it for 16 weeks to clear up with rest, frozen water bottle, gentle stretching. Biomechanics and the specialist has agreed it's plantar fasciitis.
It's not a joke. I'm really fed up with not being able to run. I can't walk comfortably never mind run. And it is devastating me. I'd love to be able to run again. I'd love to be pain free.
I was 5 miles into the Great North Run last year when my foot gave out on me. I thought I had maybe cracked a metatarsal, and managed to walk/jog/run/limp my way to the end.
I've not ran since. I've been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and it's thought to have been caused by a pulled calf muscle that I didn't look after properly causing all the rest of my leg to tighten up.
I've had months of (private) physio which has included stretching, taping, massage, ultrasound and even acupuncture. I've seen people from biomechanics, and had orthotics put in my shoes. I'm now seeing a consultant who initially did a cortisone injection (owwwwww) and then did a procedure called GPS where they remove blood from your arm, spin it fast to separate the plasma, then inject that back into your foot, followed by weeks in a moonboot, this hasn't worked and I now also have slight nerve damage in two of my toes through it. My GP has also prescribed me Tramadol and Naproxen.
there is no way I'm running any time soon, I can't walk without being in pain. It's keeping me awake at night, and causing me to become depressed. 11 months of pain and not being able to run will do that to a person.
So what do I do now? I'm back at the specialist in 2 weeks, and I feel so down. I don't know what the next step is. I want to be pain free and running again. Can anyone give me any beacon of hope?
A few weeks ago I was out with running club and something "popped" in my foot after about 2 miles. That was literally it. I felt a pop, intense pain and the next day I had swelling and bruising under my ankle on the outer side and the top of my foot. I iced it, rested it and my mam (ex-nurse) strapped it up. And it responded. Didn't run at all until last weekend. Did a cautious 5k with no ill effect, but during last week I noticed my Achilles was feeling tight and I had achy ache in my foot. Did the Great North Run yesterday and my foot went again at about 4 miles but I managed to finish by running/walking/hobbling/jogging. Today I can walk on it but my Achilles feels a little tight (not severely though) and it feels like I have a nail in my foot arch. The pain wasnt too bad this morning but increased during the day. Sore in the arch, into the bit towards the outside of under my ankle bone. Any clues?