Plantar Fasciitis

Dartmoor Kernowoutdoors plantar fasciitis
Dartmoor Kernowoutdoors plantar fasciitis
Dartmoor, Kernowoutdoors living with plantar fasciitis

What actually is Plantar fasciitis, Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the bottom of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis can cause intense heel pain. Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain”

Dartmoor Kernowoutdoors plantar fasciitis
Dartmoor Kernowoutdoors plantar fasciitis

Ive been suffering for , about a year now with plantar fasciitis. I think its stemmed from cheap steel toe capped shoes during, and directly after Covid. I was working long shifts, pacing around on tarmac, and latterly a steel ferry. 

From my site, you can see, that I’ve always looked after my feet. The best quality shoes and boots for hiking, the best merino socks. I’ve always tried because my feet are my ticket to freedom, to hiking. My true love. This inflammation as really really stopped me in my tracks. I’ve tried everything-strengthen your feet people would say-I tried barefoot shoes-this hurt even more. Try insoles they said…..

One of the worst things is sleep. You wake up, get out of bed and feel one of your foots is still asleep. The morning waddle to the bathroom is nothing short of miserable. Waddling down the stairs grabbing hold of the bannister as you go, relying on your one good foot to help you out and prevent you from falling down them.

Planar is a miserable, stressful and very painful condition that I need to be rid of.

Yes I should go to a professional foot doctor. I went to my local sports shop hoping to run, and they assessed my gait as  mild overpronating and recommended Hoka Arahi 5 These shoes, I feel are like numbing the feet. You feel nothing, any lateral movement is painful. I preferred running in my accent Merrell Gloves on the forefoot, but this wasn’t helping my pain. 

Insoles

Historically I always used Green Superfeet-for no reason than to offer additional support.  They were in my boots for hiking in the Himalayas, hiking in the Andes, the Welsh mountaineers, Dartmoor, Exmoor and all my 10+ miles I hiked in and around Cornwall.

SUPERFEET green front and back
SUPERFEET green front and back

The green ones I use in my current Lowa boots-my everyday walking boots. A little bit soft, but quite lightweight, and pretty tough… But my feet ache, and go through stages of different pain.

I’ve the black Superfeet… I don’t like these. 

SUPERFEET BLACK front and back
SUPERFEET BLACK front and back

I also purchased the Trailblazer insoles by Superfeet. These have two cushioned parts -that actually are probably doing the best job. These were in my own work boots-some good quality Lowas. My feet still hurt and ache after a day in them, and Ibuprofen gel is the only light relief.

Superfeet Trailblazer in Police boot
Superfeet Trailblazer in Police boot

I was sent, to try, some Ultimate Performance F3D insoles with a foam 3mm damper-they are basically memory foam. I wore these on a walk in my everyday Lowas, and they were …OK. They were comfy, well fitted, but my feet still ached and I had moments where I really wanted to stretch my foot out.

Ultimate Performance f3d insoles
Ultimate Performance f3d insoles

Sleeping

After doing some research I discovered a splint. A Plantar boot that you wear in bed. This boot, it is uncomfortable, but does alleviate the morning waddle slightly. It prevents the foot from flopping down, therefore strengthening the muscle that is inflamed. It works, and helps-but is not sustainable-especially when hiking. The boot does not fit in ones pack-and if it does-it is going to be the only thing in there.

Trialling some Ultimate Performance -ultimate compression socks-these have a band of compression around the ankles. I did trial them in bed-they… I say they, only one of my feet are suffering., however they did offer some support, and although I had a hot foot it was better than wearing nothing, but not quite as good as the splint.

Ultimate Performance support sock
Ultimate Performance support sock

The Solution

I went to my doctor, they had a look, confirmed it’s Plantar and said that I am doing the right thing. The doctor said an NHS physio will probably give me the exercises I found online todo-but suggested a sports scientist -they charge £70 an hour. I am deliberating this.

What I have found helps.

I have found rowing at the gym is good, and I try and cycle here and there which helps. Stretching the foot as if you’re putting all your energy into it I also find helps, however, the solution… There isn’t one. To spend £70 however may shed some additional light to the problem. Money is something I don’t have currently, although the solution maybe only £70 away, it might as well be £1000. I therefore will continue to suffer-and accept the pain.

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