Week five of my pilates and whiles I haven’t been the most dedicated, I have decided to declare war on my Plantar Fasciitis!
I went to see a physio the other day, as his specialty was sports injuries and he did acupuncture too. His approach was very different to the other practitioners I had seen up to that point.
He decided that the foot didn’t need so much work but it was the calf muscle.
He noticed a lot of very tight muscles and fibres with considerable scaring and thought this to be the cause of the Plantar Faciitis (probably insufficient stretching after running etc). It made sense to me and although I had had some massage work done before, he said it would need to be very (very) vigorous and deep. Yowza! I had tears in my eyes within a few minutes as it was so deep and painful.
He reckons I need several (painful) sessions like this to release the muscles and during this time I should throw everything else at it: icing, anti inflammatories, foot roller, insoles, and massaging the calf myself.
I thought that I had tried everything, but realise now that most of the things I had tried had been in ones or twos but not all at the same time.
So, you can see from the pictures that it is all out war and this blasted Plantar Fasciitis is gonna take a pounding.
By the way my calf feels like it has gone six rounds with Mike Tyson and is rather tender, but I am not giving in that easily.
Seconds out…… round 2!