Five miles with the St Croix Valley runners, my buddies, no plantar-fasciitis pain. Yay again! Since I’m out of shape and running on pavement (contrary to doctor’s orders) I ran slowly and finished last, with about a 9:18 pace. S’ok for now. This was the first run with the SCV runners in about two months; it’s so good to be with them again.
Also, this was the first run in my BRAND NEW custom orthotics. I now have TWO pairs of custom orthotics, because the second podiatrist didn’t like the ones that the first podiatrist made. The new ones are softer in the heel, and lighter, specifically made for running. More about that in the next blog; I am now a fan of the Brace Place at St Croix Orthopaedics in Stillwater, MN. I was a little concerned about the softer heel, because the cushioned-heel orthotics that I have made myself or bought at Walgreens have not helped much. But so far so good; I’ll use these for running from now on unless there is trouble.
Back to the headline: Why IS the plantar fasciitis going away? Here are some possibilities:
- Two weeks ago, trail running, I felt pain on the side of the plantar-fasciitis heel rather than in the middle where it’s supposed to be. I was obliged to run two miles on that pain, because I had an appointment and time was short. It hurt a lot, but the pain died down in a couple of days and then disappeared. Perhaps I pulled something loose that allowed the foot to begin to heal more completely; or
- At about the same time, we began to eat mostly-vegetarian. Could that promote healing? Hmmm. Or,
- At about the same time we got serious about a gluten-free diet, along with the vegetarian diet. I have no knowledge that I am gluten-intolerant, none of the classic symptoms. I have the impression that the standard test would be skewed by the myeloma, but I do have a son who is gluten-intolerant. Can gluten interfere with healing? Or,
- I’ve made more effort in the past few weeks to keep the heel warm day and night, to promote healing; or,
- “Everyone” says that PF gets better eventually. It’s been five months, maybe it’s just time.
Of course I do continue to wear the orthotics all day and the night brace all night, I do my stretches (sometimes), and I am not under the illusion that the PF is gone for good. I’m running a marathon soon, and that will likely bring it back. I hope not, but I'll run it or limp it anyway.
Breakfast: Organic oatmeal, organin nonfat milk, blueberries, banana, organic plum. Estimated Weight Watchers points = 4.
Lunch: Gluten-free raisin bread, kiwi, organic sunflower butter, organic peanut butter, black currant preserves. Estimated Weight Watcher points = 8.
Salad: Organic romaine, organic peach, organic strawberries, organic walnuts, raspberry vinegar. Estimated Weight Watcher Points = 2.
Dinner: Organic rice, organic salad beans, water chestnuts, organic sweet potatoes, local rutabaga, organic catsup.