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    I have the exact same problem, shorter runs are good, but the long runs are painful. Cutting back on my running has meant that I have to change my diet as well, so this thread has been great for me. I have been trying all of the suggestions, and I can tell that it feels better. I am hopeful that since it only happened in the last 6 months or so, that it will completely clear up. Thanks everyone for the great information!

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    Do the stretch pushing against the wall with your back leg slightly bent and keep your heel on the floor. Hold this for over 2 minutes. You are not stretching muscle so it takes a lot longer. Roll your calves with a roller and ice it. Stretching continuously is the only way to improve it. Just stopping running does nothing. Good luck!

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    Rest will help, give your foot a chance to recover without reaggravating it. Plantar Fasciitis is from an overstretched Plantar ligament, you want to encourage blood to the plantar by stretching the calf and achilles but definitely avoid stretching the plantar. I used a blood flow stimulator along with these methods and quickly recovered after months of suffering with it. There's a great site with information on PF which is also where I got the stimulator from. I put the link for it in below, hope this helps.

    http://www.kingbrand.com/Plantar_Fas....php?REF=52PV1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zim View Post
    I saw pictures of that device when I was Googling. But was your pain on the bottom of your foot, or on the back (Achilles)? I have no Achilles pain, and rarely have, even when running longer distances. Mine is totally on the bottom of the foot where that tendon connects the heel to the front of the foot.
    The pain is in the bottom of the foot. To remedy the pain, you need to loosen the tendons that are in an area that has no pain. Similar to a back problem; you need to stretch and streghten muscles that are not in the area.

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    The Strassburg Sock is cheap and works, google it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arrowslinger View Post
    The Strassburg Sock is cheap and works, google it.
    Got one of these. So far, so good. I read a lot of negative reviews online stating this device slipped down during use, but I have had no such problem.

    Kyle47, Thanks for the link. I will buy one of those if this Strassburg device stalls out for me.

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    Bare in mind I am totally ignorant on this subject, but I recalled this thread when reading some reviews on some trail and running shoes over the weekend.

    I noticed that there seemed to be some correlation of the aggravation having to do with the the amount of "drop" in the shoe being used. Also some runners seemed to find relief with the ample padding in the Hoka running shoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Umpqua Hunter View Post
    Bare in mind I am totally ignorant on this subject, but I recalled this thread when reading some reviews on some trail and running shoes over the weekend.

    I noticed that there seemed to be some correlation of the aggravation having to do with the the amount of "drop" in the shoe being used. Also some runners seemed to find relief with the ample padding in the Hoka running shoes.
    Traditional type running shoes have a fair amount of flex in the forefoot, near the ball of the foot. Hoka's, due to the extreme amount of cushioning limits this flex, which reduces the strain on the PF. But it does have a low heel to toe drop and can create strain on the calf and achilles, which can help promote PF issues. I'd rather break my arm than get PF, that way i'd know how to fix it and how long it would take till i'm back 100%, with PF you just never know when it'll go away or when it's gonna come back.

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    I've struggled with PF 3 different times over the past 11 years. Each time it lasted a year or more. My last bout of it was in 2009 and 2010. I tried the boot, physical therapy, rolling my foot on frozen water bottle, $100 shoe inserts, and stopped all running..... nothing worked. Then I tore up my shoulder and was put on prescription anti-inflammatory meds and my heal pain went away. It was gone until February of this year when it fired back up again. I suffered for a few months and finally called the doc at the end of April. I'm 3 weeks on Naproxin and my heal pain is nearly gone and I'm working out a ton.

    I'm now a believer in the meds.

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    If you haven't already done so - recommend you swallow your pride and drop by the doctors office. I tried to run thru the pain for months before I sucked it up and went in. Heck, I would limp into the bathroom fresh out of bed in the morning until it stretched out. First doc I went to gave custom inserts - I found them ineffective. Second doctor prescribed meds, made a crazy suggestion to replace my footwear (I replaced running shoes and boots), gave me some stretches (probably pretty common) and had me back off all running for a few months. Pain free now.

    Like deer615... I'm now a believer in the meds & getting off it for as long as it takes...

 

 

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