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First thing I did after talking to others that had it. Ditched all my "cheap footware". Went out & bought a really good pair of boots & replaced the insoles. Replace you boots every year. Only buy good quality runners. Actually Dr Scholls makes a decent walking shoe/sneaker that supports your arch. They don't last long as the sole wears out fast, but they are the most comfortable thing I have found to date.
I try to buy the lightest & most flexible boot/shoes I can get, but the arch support seemed to be the fix for me.
Mine seemed to be caused by shoes/boots with poor arch support. Have not have it return in years. Good luck
Google barefoot running and vibram five fingers and start reading. Good luck.
If your shoe doesn't provide enough support for the arch, it will collapse and strain the fascia with every step, especially when running. The reason it hurts worse first thing in the morning is because while you're asleep and there's no strain on your foot (unless you sleepwalk, I guess! ) the small tears start to heal, and when you first stand up you tear them all over again.
If you provide support for the arch it usually helps with the pain, by taking the strain off the plantar fascia. You can try more supportive shoes with a firmer arch, a soft orthotic like Dr. Scholl's, etc., Spenco sport supports are pretty good. Sometimes you need a custom orthotic - most decent medical plans will pay for them if a doctor prescribes it. Just a flat foam insert won't help much, because it's the arch that needs to be raised to get your foot back into the proper shape.
I used to make/sell orthotics. When your feet hurt, you hurt all over.
http://www.yogatuneup.com/product/thera ... balls-tote
I started using these in a yoga class about 6 months ago and they're amazing!! Simply roll them up and down your feet and then step down on the balls to preform a myofascial stretch on the pressure points of your foot If you don't want to buy the tune-ups just use a tennis ball to start.. And check out youtube.. There's a ton of vids on plantar release.
What kept it away was while driving in the patrol truck and other wise i positioned my left foot against the door jamb/hood release/ebrake keeping my foot from relaxing to a flat position. I have had little issue since, I have stopped wearing the sock a night and simply hang my feet over the end of the bed keeping my plantar tendons/ligaments stretched.
I do wear superfeet insoles (40$) which are very good and hold your foot in a neutral position eliminating alot of knee and hip pain for me while on duty. I used to make cork insoles for ski boots in my past career also superfeet brand and are designed around an un-weighted corrected foot form. The sole brand do have one issue in my mind and experience, you heat them in the oven and then stand on them. The problem with this is your foot is in the non neutral or problem position(arch fallen/pronated/supanated/mortons neuroma pinched) while the insole is being formed thus the insole continues to hold your foot in said position for the duration of the life of the insole. not correcting the problem nor providing the comfort you may need.]
As well for the cyclists out there if you find issue with this, adjusting the spd or cleat position back on your cycling shoe will help balance your pedal stroke. The cleat should be below or just behind the ball of your foot, most people have slightly different sized feet this could be toe length or arch length which would put the cleats in different spots on each shoe.
VanSmack wrote:I have it in my left foot, I think it was a result of high arches and changing from the tried and true shoes I'd been running in for a few years (same model, not same pair, I change them out every 500 miles or so), to a pair of minimalist shoes that I thought I'd try out. The reason I thought about changing was that I was having IT band issues, which as it turns out were more related to over training and not focusing on my stride than it was with my shoes. I gave about three weeks in those shoes and now I'm about 3 months or so removed from wearing them but still getting the pain especially in the mornings, although being forced not to run over the last month has caused improvement. I went to an orthepeadist, and was fitted for insoles, and was also recommended to get a night splint. I have one, I wear it once and a while, since I can't get up and deal with the baby if I can't walk around in the splint, but I do find it helps, a bit.
I've had wicked high arches my whole life, but never any problems with it until this year. It seems when you over train it's just a domino effect that has new issues springing up as you try to eliminate the old ones. Take those rest days kids, especially when you get on the other side of thirty, the body just can't bounce back like it used to.
Would a better stretching regime have helped? Assuming you don't stretch after running.
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