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Foot pain - Plantar Fasciitis(11 posts)

Foot pain - Plantar FasciitisHiggins
May 2, 2003 9:02 AM
I've been suffering with quite bad pain in the ball of foot/big toe area for nearly 7 weeks now, following quite a hard ride. I've noticed that it probably came from a hot spot inside my cycling shoes (18 month old Carnac's). There's a noticeable 'bump' inside the shoes which I think was pushing into the sole of my foot.

I went to see the doctor about 3 weeks ago and was told it would probably be gone in a couple of weeks if I wore trainers, and iced the area regularly. I still have the pain.

Any advice?
re: Foot pain - Plantar FasciitisPEDDLEFOOT
May 2, 2003 9:29 AM
I had a the same thing several years ago when I was still running full time. I was training for a marathon and developed it during the training.There is not much you can do other than ice it after a ride and use some ibuprofen.Try rolling your barefoot on a cylindrical object also to stretch out the fascia.This will provide some relief. My problem was near the ball of the foot also.There are taping techniques that may provide some relief if it gets to bad.I taped my foot before every run when I had mine and it helped quite a bit.I also think it contributed to a stress fracture that I developed a few months after the marathon so you may want to get some professional advice on the the proper way to tape it.I'm not sure I taped mine correctly.The one thing that you have going for you is that cycling is not as high impact as running.Good luck.
re: Foot pain - Plantar FasciitisHiggins
May 2, 2003 10:16 AM
How long did it take to fully recover?
I had Plantar Fasciitis after a concert last summerKristin
May 2, 2003 10:25 AM
I stood and jumped around for 6 hours at a rock concert last summer and ended up with this. The best advice I received was to stretch the Facia before getting out of bed in the morning. It took 6 weeks of only light activity to mend and morning stretching to heal.

You can do a google search for Plantar Facilitis and stretch to get a instructions for the stretch. Did the doctor take any films of the foot? A stress fracture is possible too. Sometimes its worth it to splurge on the x-rays upfront and rule that out.
I had Plantar Fasciitis after a concert last summerHiggins
May 2, 2003 10:31 AM
No I haven't had any X-rays, but I wish I had now. She said that if I'd broken anything I wouldn't have been able to walk on it. But it would be nice to have seen it in 'black and white.' I think I might go back soon.
LOL. Time for a new doctor? Doug, please weigh in!Kristin
May 2, 2003 10:48 AM
That sounds like really bad doctoring to me. Stress fractures can produce low grade pain that can go undiagnosed for weeks. I had a friend several years ago who had foot pain for 4 weeks before x-rays revealed a stress fracture. Treatment? A stiff soled shoe. No cast. No crutches. Weight bearing the entire time. Also Doug had a stress fracture a couple years ago--caused by cycling--and I believe he was still able to ride. These 2 cases disprove your doctors statement.
5 months (nm)PEDDLEFOOT
May 2, 2003 11:50 AM
5 months (nm)Higgins
May 2, 2003 12:02 PM
Could you continue to ride suring this time?

I will go mad if I can't ride!
re: Foot pain - Plantar FasciitisHiggins
May 2, 2003 11:09 AM
Peddlefoot,

How long did it take for your foot to heal?
re: Foot pain - Plantar Fasciitissnowman3
May 2, 2003 2:07 PM
I'm not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I've had Plantar Fasciitis and you may not have it. Mine built up slowly from excessive running, wearing non-supportive flat sandals, and walking around in bare feet. Basically, you stretch and irritate that big 'ol tendon on the arch of your foot. Mine would hurt for the 1st couple of steps every morning. The tendon would contract overnight and then hurt when you step out of bed and stretch it.

I waited a couple of months to see the doc 'cause it only hurt in the morning and hten went away. Finally it REALLY started hurting. The doc said it usually builds up gradually and goes away gradually (3-5 months). If you have a sudden onset, it may be a bruise/sprain/fracture.

He put me on high dose ibuprofen and gave me a brace to wear at night to keep the foot stretched out. Basically, it pullled the ball of my foot up towards the shin. This stretches the achilles and puts less pressure on the bottom of foot.

I would also stretch my calf every chance I could. If you have a desk job get one of those ergo thingys for your feet and stretch your calf.

BIG TIP: Freeze water bottles and lay it on hte floor. Roll it back and forth under the arch of your foot. It ices the area and helps massage/strecth the tendon.
re: Foot pain - Plantar FasciitisKEN2
May 2, 2003 2:11 PM
I'm no doctor either, but what you describe is unlikely to be PF. The initial symptoms of PF feel like a stone bruise on your heel... ball of the foot is not involved at all.