(Probably) Injured and most decidedly stubborn

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?

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5 thoughts on “(Probably) Injured and most decidedly stubborn

  1. I think you should get it checked out, obviously. If you are compensating and having to modify workouts, then something is up. Having a PT is not a bad idea either and I also want to recommend sports/deep tissue massage (can be helpful for a lot of issues if you have a good provider).

    I am pretty proactive about going to the doc because I run a lot and would hate to run on an injury and make it worse. I had hip pain and went to the doc, got x-rays… it was tightness and resolved with PT, massage, stretching, and foam rolling, but I wanted to rule out a stress fracture or something serious before I raced on it! Also, I have good insurance and I realize that plays a big part into when and whether people go to the doc. It was worth my $25 copay for the peace of mind.

    • I know, I know, I’m bad for not going. I have been thinking about a deep tissue massage. Hollie raves about them and they sound like they would be beneficial. I’m debating if I want to go to an orthopedist or if I want to go to my primary doctor. He has a very strong background in sports medicine and I’ve always gone to him for other running issues (runner’s knee, hip flexor tightness/pain). However, I’m wondering if its worth going to a specialist on this one.

      • Check with your insurance before you go to anyone, sometimes you need a referral. If you’ve seen your PCP for it before I would say to just go back there and let him direct you to a good ortho if you need it. No need to go to a specialist (and pay specialist $$$) if you don’t need it.

  2. Reading through comments…if you do go get a deep tissue massage make sure to get him to focus on calves too because tight calves often times lead to tight plantar fasica!

    Good luck at the specialist!

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