Monday, April 4, 2011

Chapter 2 page 275 - heel update 1 (of many)

I can only assume you all have been sitting by your laptops clicking refresh 2 million times waiting for the update on my heel.  Well, her is the first installment of "How the Heck is my Heel?" 

Last Monday I had my PT eval where it was decided that my right foot (painful foot) was actually different than my left foot.  The thickness of my plantar fascia is much thicker on my right due to years and years and years (11 to be exact) of this PF nightmare.  The PT also determined my toes were not nearly as flexible on my right foot as they were on the left.  She noted that even my "better" foot was far less flexible than "normal" - by that she pulled out her toes and showed me "this is what your toes should be able to do."  She called my feet "puff balls" because they are just so inflamed to the point they don't have the "normal" lines and grooves that everyone else apparently has.  (sigh) I'm not "normal" - well!!!!

On Thursday I had my first actual rehab session.  Out comes the purple tools
 After looking at the oddities that are my feet - the scrapping (I think it's really called Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM ) commenced.  Funny thing - I forgot how ticklish my feet really are.  I NEVER let anyone touch them without socks on my feet.   I don't get pedicures.  I don't let the massage therapist mess with them.  Well, after about 35 minutes of scrapping every millimeter of my sole and me grimicing in pain and cracking up because it tickled so much - it ended.  Ahhh, THANK.YOU.

Later that day, I ran 11 miles.  My feet were killing me (well, to be honest, everything was killing me).  They were sore on Friday as well - no big surprise.  But Saturday morning, I stepped out of bed to (dramatic pause) . . . . I stepped out of bed to absolutely NO PAIN.  Not a hint of first step pain -the whole day!!  It was sooo miraculous!!!  I texted the PT (who is also my friend) and told her that she was amazing!  I did a little running on Saturday afternoon and wore stupid dress shoes to work today so the pain is back - but I now have hope!!!!!!!!!

Stay tuned for more updates as I have PT on Tuesday and Friday this week.  Fingers crossed. 


  1. Yay! I'm glad you found something that worked for you.

  2. Dude pull out the sneaks for work!

    I was clicking refresh too :)

  3. @ Holly - short story, I always wear white sneakers to work, but I got DRENCHED today - top to bottom. Had to come home and change EVERYTHING and I only have one pair of work sneakers so . . . dress shoes it was. HUGE bummer- dang, rain.

  4. You have foot issues, LOL. Glad you are on the mend.