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Well, I'm not sure this was worth waiting 2 1/2 hours in the doctor's waiting room. The good news is that I don't have a bone spur; it's plantar fasciitis.<br><br>
Really <i>bad</i> plantar fasciitis.<br><br>
This was apparent when he put pressure on the hot spot: the pressure caused me to yelp and nearly shoot through the ceiling. (That was nearly two hours ago and it's still throbbing.)<br><br>
So, now I'm benched for two months and have to go to PT for as long as my insurance will pay for it. The doctor is a grumpy man and does not want to hear about the Boston Marathon for the time being.<br><br>
I have my PT evaluation this Friday on the East Side.<br><br><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"><img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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I am putting my "feelers" out there to find you someone in your area. General NYC area or more specific? I should have something in a day or two for you i hope, if not by early next week <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif"> I know that "ow" spot. When I went to the doc about my toe, I told him I have a case of PF I'm "dealing with" and I wasn't sure if it were PF because my arch didn't feel bad and he took one thumb and pressed one little spot in my arch and I went through the roof. Him: "yep. that's PF and that's the spot where all the fascia meet". It's been one year this month, a sports medicine doc said PF "burns out" in 18 months. <img alt="headbang.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/headbang.gif">
 

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Ah, heck. Good luck with the PT!
 

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ART!!!! As far as I am concerned ART is a miracle cure! You might find a provider and give that a shot.<br><br>
Its no fun, I just did the 18 month thing before mine went away! Hopefully yours will go away more quickly! <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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Thanks, everyone. I'm sitting at my desk rolling my foot on a can of small red beans.<br><br>
Meri, I'm scheduled to go to this place that specializes in "aggressive" treatment of sports injuries for PT staring Friday. If it works out, I should be set for treatment. Thank you for your help!<br><br>
Sierra - what's ART, other than stuff that hangs on walls?
 

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Active Release Technique.<br><br>
It has cured my achilles tendonitis that I had for 3 years, that nothing else did. I have a friend with PF that is getting this for her pf and she says its helping. Cant guarantee it will help you, but its worth a try. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br><a href="http://www.activereleasetechnique.com" target="_blank">www.activereleasetechnique.com</a><br><br>
You can use this site to look up a provider in your area.
 

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I had plantar fascitis in 2002 and it took about 18 months or a little more to completely go away. I spent hours rolling my foot with a tennis ball, using packs of frozen peas on it. It took a lot of patience but did go away.<br><br>
I had a running doctor who examined my PF. He said I could run as long as it wasn't too painful. So that was what I did.
 

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Oh man. You guys have really gone through the wringer. 15 months? 18 months? Oy.<br><br>
I wore my new heel splint to bed last night for the first time. It was not entirely a successful experience. Somewhere around 2:00 in the morning, I ripped it off and flung it across the room and that was the end of that. Going to try again tonight.
 

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I can't keep it on more than a couple of hours either, and I'm using a Strassburg sock instead of a splint. Though I couldn't keep the splint on either, which is what led me to try the sock...<br><br>
Wanna have a contest of who can keep it on the longest?
 

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I managed 2.5 hours last night before I woke up clawing it off me...<img alt="cool.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/cool.gif"><br><br>
Maybe that's why PF supposedly takes 18 months to heal. I bet it would only take 9 if I could keep the sock on all night.
 

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Remember too that all the other little stressors in your life (other than running) will make it heal slower. It took me a long time to find them and address them - you should aggressively seek them out now.<br><br>
What I found was: Never in bare feet on hard surface, not for even a minute. That means the shower, just walking across the kitchen. Always have shoes or sandals at the side of the bed: not one step in bare feet. And use hands to massage calves for 3 minutes before getting out of bed.<br><br>
Never reach up and go on tippy-toes to reach for something. That one rrreeach can wreck a week of healing.<br><br>
Hope it works out soon.
 

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Some very, very good points here. I've been trying to beat the insomnia monster; I think that's a major contributor to all kinds of problems. The ten cups of coffee a day does not help, I guess. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Yup, bought some brand spankin' new indoor shoes (Tevas and Merrils) and have been wearing them religiously. Shoes in the house skeeze me out, but it's not too bad since these ones have never been outside. Don't know about that calf massage thing, though. I think in my case it would be three minutes of flailing. Maybe I can do it when I've woken up a little more?<br><br>
Thanks for the suggestions. Best of luck keeping your pf at bay.
 
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