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Another PF question

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I got PF suddenly about 2 weeks ago after running on shoes that I knew were dead, and without my usual insoles. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad"> Stupid me...<br><br>
Anyway, I've been stretching, and massaging, and not running. But I've been reading about how this can last for well over a year.<br><br>
What's the SHORTEST amount of time I can hope for until I can run again?
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From my experience, deal with the non-running stressors as much as you can. Try to stay off your feet, and wear the right shoes all the time. Never ever walk in bare feet, especially the first 20 steps after getting out of bed.<br><br>
Running may be the worst thing you can do for a short time, but all the stuff you do in the other 23 hours of the day adds up. Ruthlessly getting rid of all that stuff can let you return to running much earlier.
One other caution I'll add, because it's not typically obvious in all the good info on the web about PF.<br><br>
PF typically flies in formation with about 3 other injuries: Achilles Tendonitis, Medial Tibialis inflammation (the less common type of shin splints) and calf strains/tears. If you have PF, the chances are very good that you are at very high risk for these other injuries. Fortunately, many of the things you do for PF will also help heal or prevent the other injuries too.<br><br>
My advice is that after you learn all you need to about PF, to start educating yourself about the other ones too. You may even want to add a few rehab exercises specific to them as well. It's a reasonable guess that you are more than 50% of the way to all of those injuries but haven't (quite) noticed the symptoms yet.<br><br>
This sounds really negative, but in some ways it helps to think of PF as a life sentence. You <b>can</b> get it healed up enough that it doesn't hurt or limit you, but if you ever really forget to treat it like an injury that may come back, the odds are it <b>will</b> come back.
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