My wife can attest to my passion for trying the latest technology in athletic shoes and treating my feet with the utmost respect and care – I have a closet full of athletic shoes in every color and style. I have tried every shoe you can imagine and of late have been trending to the tune of the minimalist approach. I wear mostly Vibram five fingers, the Saucony Hattori, Nike Free 5.0, and Zoots for my trialthlons.
My feet became stronger from wearing these minimalist shoes, and I’ve found that I needed less and less support for my flat feet. I decided to pick up a pair of Ascis (Gel Sky Speed 2) for some longer distance runs (over 10 miles) and all of a sudden what I thought was cured plantar fasciitis came back with a vengeance. It was so bad I could barely walk. I went to see my buddy Dr. Franklin Polun (www.mydamnfoothurts.com ).
One cortisone shot later, a ton of stretching on a seated calf-raise machine, icing three times a day, wearing only my Nike Free’s, wearing a brace that gives me a stretch while I sleep and I’m finally feeling better. I had my first run in 12 days today, a quick 5 miles and am icing as I am writing this. I go back to see Dr. Polun this coming Wednesday to report my progress. It still hurts but feels a lot better.
I will let you know what the end of this unfolding story is next week and hopefully my experience may help others with plantar fasciitis.