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Discussion: PF?

in: coach; coach > 2020-02-18

Feb 19, 2020 6:42 AM # 
Plantar fascitis? If that’s what it is, taping the arch is often very effective. You can look it up online.
Feb 19, 2020 9:06 PM # 
Thanks, I take a look at that.
Feb 19, 2020 11:21 PM # 
It's called: low dye strapping for plantar fasciitis

Use good white athletic tape, Mueller or something similar.
Feb 21, 2020 6:23 AM # 
Good luck with this. It's tough to get rid of.

I tried many different taping techniques with at best some minor symptom relief. And extended PT did nothing for it. Indeed, my calves are as tight now as they've ever been. But after suffering with PF on and off for years it mysteriously went away.
Feb 21, 2020 10:54 AM # 
Usually the tape is super effective, resolves the problem within a few days. But of course, not always.
Feb 21, 2020 2:15 PM # 
Another cause of PF-type symptoms is wearing narrow shoes, which makes your foot buckle up and stresses the fascia. I use a toe spreader at night between first and 2nd toe, and have switched to wide running shoes (Altra, Topo). I have had no foot problems recently.
Feb 23, 2020 1:56 AM # 
Thank you all for the advice. I know I had this problem many years ago on the right foot, can't remember what I did to rid myself of it, although I'm inclined to think heel drops, but I now do those times a week.
As for taping, I would guess i would have to do it every morning, I doubt I can get myself to do that...
My shoes are fairly wide, the Asics are good that way, and I have some Altras I run in sometimes, so that is unlikely the cause....I actually think it's a manifestation of Posterior Tibial Tendon dysfunction, which I was diagnosed with back in May. The swelling I noted then has abated a bit, but a weakness there may put more strain on the fascia.
I also wonder whether a severe foot injury I had back in the 90's at a 1000 day, stumbled over a sage brush and really wrenched my foot, left some permanent damage.
May be time to go back to the ortho doc..........
Feb 23, 2020 10:13 AM # 
When I tape for PF, I do it and leave it on for two to four days. Generally don't need to do it again. But a trip to the orthopod might be a good idea, too. Or a podiatrist.

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