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Can cycling worsen a plantar fascia injury?(11 posts)

Can cycling worsen a plantar fascia injury?Kristin
Aug 2, 2002 5:26 AM
On Saturday I stood/danced for six hours straight at the Sister Hazel concert. It was awesome--my shoes were cute too--but ever since my heel aches in the mornings and on hard floors. I know how to stretch the tendon, and to ice it once a day, etc. What I'm wondering is if riding will further inflame the tendon? My mom had a bone spur removed two years ago, and I don't want to go thru anything like that. Is it okay to still ride?
i saw that listed on the menu of a classy bordello in RomeSpirito
Aug 2, 2002 5:57 AM
sorry kristin, for making fun of your pain .. but i couldnt help myself .

if in doubt my advice with tendons, joints and such is to rest it and be on the cautious side. pain in the arches for me usually means putting my feet up and surfing the TV.

Will be in Rome in April. Please to tell address of bordello? nmmorrison
Aug 2, 2002 6:14 AM
the address eludes me now but i can describe the ceiling ;-)Spirito
Aug 2, 2002 6:36 AM
it shouldn't be hard to find as its a cultural institution. im not sure if they do package deals.

Museo Vergine Anziano di Roma

another place that may interest you is ....

Dove Sposato Avvocati Vanno "Pompa" Situati

they definately dont offer childminding facilities. book ahead even in the off-season and as any good lepper would advise: Leave a Tip.

Only one way to know...MXL02
Aug 2, 2002 6:05 AM
try it and see. Go for a short test ride and see how it feels. My guess is it won't be affected. Good luck.

PS- make sure you take some NSAID's eg. Motrin, Aleve, etc. They will help.
If you've got PF tendencies, don't dance in crappy shoes!!Quack
Aug 2, 2002 6:16 AM
Hard to say if cycling would worsen the injury. I've had PF episodes in both feet due to an old skiing accident and the only thing that keeps it away is wearing shoes with great arch support all the time. You might want to try arch supports in your cycling shoes and see if it helps. I don't mess with muscles and tendons when they are damaged. Give them rest and do some one legged pedaling on the trainer for a week or so with the good foot.
Actually, sleep is the worst for agravating PFGTDave
Aug 2, 2002 6:29 AM
What happens in the injury is that the PF gets torn. If you sleep with your toes pointed (many of us do) The PF heals a bit overnight in a shortened position. In the morning, when you step out of bed it stretches too quickly out and re-tears and the whole lovely process starts over. (my wife went through a long bout of pf injury)
Sleeping with your foot flexed is the best cure. You can buy special braces for this (Roadrunner Sports sells them) or you can rig up an Ace bandage and bandanna contraption like my wife did.
Cycling, or even running seemed to have little effect on the injury itsself in her case. It was the getting out of bed in the morning that did it.
Hmmm, thats interestingKristin
Aug 2, 2002 6:37 AM
Thanks for the info, I would not have considered that. I might employ the bandana/ace bandage patch. I scheduled an appointment to see my doc today, and get her advice too. What the heck, in only costs me $20 to have her look at it.
Stretch before getting up...klay
Aug 2, 2002 7:28 AM
and step straight into a pair of supportive shoes.

I've been dealing with PF for a few years now. Cycling doesn't seem to aggrivate it but it took a while to overcome the heel pain (and keep away from surgery). In a nutshell here's what I did.

1) Had orthotics made for street shoes. My PF was brought about by a high, and therefore unsupported when in shoes, arch.

2) Stretch before getting out of bed and several time a day (especially after sitting for extended periods). The Initial injury mmay have come from running etc... but GTDave is right. It's the constant reinjuring that is the problem and can lead to bone spurs.

3) Always keep your arch supported. So, shoes at all times. (My wife highly recommends Dansko. They make real supportive (and stylish) clogs)

4) Get some insoles for your cycling shoes. Superfeet makes a cycling specific variety that I love.

Pretty simple. The key is to not reinjure it. Strengthening exercises, such as repeatedly picking up a towel with your toes, were also prescribed by my doc.

Yippy, I can ride!Kristin
Aug 2, 2002 10:45 AM
Plantar Facilitis is what my Dr. says.

I say, "Well duh, I cudda told ya that!"

The good news: No bone spurs

Even better news: No reason I shouldn't ride.

The bad news: There are some reasons not to walk or stand for a bit.

Conclusion: Really long rides!

I wonder if I can get my bars swapped tonight? Probably hoping for too much. (D ;-)
be carefulcyclopathic
Aug 2, 2002 1:40 PM
and don't go for long ride at first.

when you get endorphines going it doesn't feel that bad, then you get off the bike and ouch! How many times I've got off the bike to find out that I can't walk 2hr later.

;) good luck on your ride it's gonna be gorgeous tomorrow.