That is what my sports medicine doctor said to me after examining my legs and feet when I went to see him for all my foot/heel pain.
….Thanks, I guess?
Anyway, I am very good at self diagnoses. I have plantar fasciitis and pes cavus; which is a really fancy term for high arches. I have homework to do, in the form of PT exercises. He says that if I do what he’s asked, I will have significant relief in 2 weeks, and hopefully very little pain by the end of a month’s time. If at that point, I don’t have relief, we will resort to step two, which involves shots and specialists! He’s also given me an anti-inflammatory, so hopefully that’ll help with pain management too.
He was explaining to me that people with high arches tend to have tight achilles which then pull on the plantar fasciia. There are other structural things with high arches that lead to increased chances of plantar fasciitis, but its a little to complex for me to full digest and regurgitate to you. So, good news is that he approved my running shoes and birkenstocks as great supportive shoes. He did however, tell me he never wanted to see my work shoes again unless I had some major supportive inserts in them! Sorry, my poor little cute flats.
I will continue working out like normal, but avoid running for a few weeks so as not to aggravate my feet further. I will be at a work conference next week that will require a lot of walking and standing, so that will be interesting for my pain levels. I’m hoping that if I do all he’s asked me to do that I will be able to keep the pain and inflammation at bay and slowly get back to running.
I also have a family friend that creates shoe inserts for people who have issues like me. I will be paying them a visit and try to see what we can do for my work shoes. Its hard to find good supportive dress shoes that are appropriate for work (we have a VERY strict dress code), so my hope is we can alter them in a way that will make them work for me.
To sum up: I have plantar fasciitis and high arches. I have much homework to do. We’ll see how I feel in a month to figure out next steps.
I’m sure many of you are no stranger to plantar fasciitis. Every person and every doctor are different and have different philosophies on treatment options. How did you and your doctor choose to handle it? What stretches or exercises seemed to bring you the most relief?