I’ve joggled a lot of days in a row. 1086 to be exact. That’s over 4200 miles and over 575 hours. Fortunately, I haven’t had any significant injuries.
But I have recently developed a bothersome injury. Best I can guess is that it is Plantar Fasciitis . Every morning I wake up and my left heel has this sharp pain. It lasts most of the morning but eventually goes away. In doing a little Internet research, PF is the most likely diagnosis.
Well, there are a number of things to do including…
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) to reduce pain and inflammation
Heel stretching exercises
Resting as much as possible for at least a week
Wearing shoes with good support and cushions
Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 – 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or shoe inserts.
Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.
If these treatments do not work, a doctor might say..
Wearing a boot cast, which looks like a ski boot, for 3-6 weeks.
Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)
Steroid shots or injections into the heel
So, the first few things are certainly doable. I don’t normally take any pain medication but I guess I could take some Tylenol. I wonder how often you’re supposed to take it.
I certainly can’t do the resting part as I have the Joggling Streak to maintain.
I do the ice treatment but not as frequently as suggested.