As you guys know, I’ve been struggling with suspected plantar fasciitis for awhile now. I have a really tight back-line. My hamstrings, calves, and achilles are all tight. That is just a breeding ground for PF!
I like to self diagnose injuries, because who needs doctors? Ok, ok, I actually respect doctors a lot and recognize that self diagnosis is often a bad idea. That being said, I also realize that sometimes you go to a doctor, they diagnose you with what you thought you had, and all the treatment options don’t require their help.
In the case of plantar faciitis, most of the treatment options do not require a doctor’s help. So, if I go, and that is the diagnosis, I’ve just wasted money on something I already knew. So many of the signs point to it: pain in the morning, heel pain, cramping in the arches, etc. I have the cramping and the sore arches in both feet. Stretching and rolling on a tennis ball feels fantastic on both feet.
But, since the pain in my left heel is much stronger than in my right and in a slightly different location, there is a tiny sliver of me that thinks that perhaps this isn’t plantar fasciitis. Part of me wonders if something else is going on and that I should go and get checked out.
I’m really starting to contemplate going because the pain is getting so bad at times (especially in the morning) that I really have difficulty walking. It is extremely painful. It has started to affect my workouts – I’m asking for modifications from my trainer. I’m even starting to compensate in my other foot too much and its causing pain in that foot.
I know what most of you are going to say (go to the doctor, dummy), but I wanted to get your thoughts on this. Are you like me and like to self diagnose? Or do you go to the doctor like you should?