Re: Plantar Fasciitis and firstname.lastname@example.org
, a shy anonymous British person, wrote:
> I'm 48 and have developed plantar fasciitis in left
> foot. <snip> Just curious if any has PF here and has found bicycling
> to be a good therapy for it? Or if it just aggravates it.
I developed plantar fasciitis (PF) in my late 50s, and put off treating
it for >6 months. I was an avid cyclist at the time, and continue to
be. Different treatments help different people with PF.
This article was helpful to me:
Abstract: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain in adults.
The disorder classically presents with pain that is particularly severe
with the first few steps taken in the morning. In general, plantar
fasciitis is a self-limited condition. However, symptoms usually
resolve more quickly when the interval between the onset of symptoms
and the onset of treatment is shorter. Many treatment options exist,
including rest, stretching, strengthening, change of shoes, arch
supports, orthotics, night splints, anti-inflammatory agents and
surgery. Usually, plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully by
tailoring treatment to an individual's risk factors and preferences.
(Am Fam Physician 2001; 63:467-74,477-8.)
I am a daily bicycle commuter, and wear orthodics in my cycling shoes,
or cycling sandals - both SPD. Orthotics, stretching, and shoes with
good motion control (I Googled motion control running shoes, and found
good information) all seemed to help.
One thing I had to find out for myself was how to adapt standard
orthotics for cycling shoes. I went to a Podiatrist for treatment, and
received custom orthotics as part of the treatment regiment. They were
made from stiff plastic, covered with a thin layer of foam and topped
with a thin layer of leather. I had two problems with them. First,
they were so thick that with extended use they caused the top of my
foot to go numb, even when wearing roomy New Balance walking/jogging
shoes. Second, I ride in the rain (usually with Shimano SPD sandals &
waterproof socks) so anticipated problems when the foam-leather topping
got wet. Simple solution: I ripped the foam and leather off. Now I
have ½ length orthotics that work for me. As an extra benefit, this
orthotic is easier than the bloated version to switch from one pair of
shoes to the next.
All the best,