Plantar Fasciitis Update

I feel I actually need to apologise for my last post. I had been feeling so bad for so long, and genuinely couldn’t see a way forward, that I did just pour my heart out. Not entirely fair of me to dump it on everyone else though.

I was, however, so touched by all the wonderful comments, including some superb information sent from Willem Fox – who I met briefly on the Challenge and had no idea he was a Medic. You all helped me realise that I’m not the only person who’s ever struggled with this, and I feel privileged that you all took the time to be supportive and help me along.

Since coming home from the Challenge, I have started with a new physio. This guy was recommended to me by another Twitter pal who is struggling with PF, and I have to say I am now feeling very cautiously optimistic.

This physio analysed how I’m walking (incorrectly – which I was aware of to be honest) and recognised that the arch on my left foot had totally collapsed. This all seems to be linked to a weakness in my left leg and ankle since fracturing my fibula a few years back. I’ve never quite gained full flexion in that ankle since the accident, either.

So, not only do I now have exercises tailored to my personal needs, he has also been treating me with Shock Wave Therapy and Tens Therapy.

The Shock Wave stuff does make it pretty sore for a couple of days, which can make you wonder if you’re going backwards, but by the third day it starts to calm down quite a lot and continues improving from there.

He has told me to stop ‘proper’ walks for a few weeks too, but I’m getting out cycling for an hour or two each day as that doesn’t seem to bother it.

I’ve had four treatments now and I can say it is definitely improving. In fact when he manipulated it this morning, it was barely noticeable – normally I nearly go through the roof when he starts massaging it.

Of course sadly, none of this is available on the nhs. From my experience so far though, my advice to anyone else going through this is you have to find someone who will try and work out WHY you have it and treat it accordingly. You can Google exercises and stuff forever, but you could well be doing the wrong thing for you. PF is different in everybody and the treatment is definitely not a One Size Fits All thing.

I couldn’t finish this post without saying another huge thank you to the daughter of another Twitter pal, who is also a very highly qualified sports physio. She was happy to chat with me when I was feeling very down and reinforce that I was now getting the correct treatment. She’s also given me some more exercise ideas and cheered me up immensely, giving me the motivation to keep going. She (and her dad) know who she is.

22 thoughts on “Plantar Fasciitis Update

  1. No apologies needed – some guys from my running club have suffered from PF, with treatment they’ve all recovered to be able to run stupidly long distances over rough ground.
    I knew you’d get better, but I also recognised the physical and mental torture you were suffering.
    You’re getting better now and you’ll soon be back to your old (well not VERY old!) self.

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  2. Hang in there Chrissie, there are many in the backpacking community who offer you their love and support. You are moving in the right direction. Ok, it may mean adapting and doings things differently. Certainly I can understand your frustration and maybe even anger, but it is NOT the end of the road. Please keep us posted and up to date with how things go.

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  3. Hi Chrissie,
    First, as far as I’m concerned, there is no need for any apology, you’re a real person with feelings, you had a genuine cause for upset, especially as it happened while you were undertaking a challenge.
    As the old saying goes, “a trouble shared is a trouble halved”
    Thankfully, you’ve managed to find treatment, which sadly isn’t on the NHS, like a lot of things, which I’ve found out.
    I hope the treatment is successful and that you continue to enjoy the outdoors as much as you can.
    Wishing you all the best, say hello to Geoff and give those dogs a hug from me.

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  4. I am so pleased you’ve found someone who can get to the bottom (!) of this problem. Too many treatments are not aimed at the root cause but at just reducing pain. If you can solve the cause hopefully it will not return. Well done!

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  5. Having suffered from pf in the past (along with 1 brother and twin sister) I can say honestly it does get better and in my case disappeared as suddenly as it came. (After a year). I agree that one treatment does NOT fit all and you need to find someone who you trust and listens to you. Good health.

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    1. Hi Sarah, lovely to hear from you. You’ve no idea how much it helps me hearing how other people have recovered. It’s also been a surprise to me just how many folk have had it! Yes, hopefully I’ve found the right physio now. Interesting that 3 of you siblings have all had it, and did you and Jessica actually have it at the same time?
      Thanks so much for commenting and I hope you are all doing well now x


  6. Great news Chrissie, I was wondering how you were getting on. Never apologise – none of us go through life without the odd brick hurled in our direction, and friends – whether bloggy, real or twitter pals – cheer each other up on bad days. It’s not all about ‘look at the lovely wild camp’.

    Not at all surprising that your problems could be linked to a broken leg some years ago. Sounds like your new physio knows exactly what they’re doing, Wish I had had someone like him when I was trying to fix my shoulder problems (which turned out to be linked to a dislocated hip some years earlier – who’da’thunk it?)

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    1. Thanks Jayne, it makes so much sense that things can all be linked, doesn’t it? Of course it takes the right physio etc to listen to you and find the link.
      Hopefully things are now on the up!


  7. That’s what friends, even virtual ones are for! People sometimes as me what’s the point in writing a blog, well here’s a good reason. So you have a wider group of like minded friends who can ask for and receive support from when you are feeling low.
    Great to hear that progress is being made. It’s such a frustrating injury. As painful as anything I’ve ever had and yet seemingly shrouded in mystery when it comes to treatment. Look forward to the next update and that you’ll be back out in the hills before too long

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    1. Thanks Andy, and I have been bowled over by all the supportive comments to be honest. Definitely a plus side of social media!
      It is nice to be finally feeling a touch more positive, and It probably helps that I no longer have the Challenge looming as a deadline, too!

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  8. I think ‘gait analysis’ is probably THE most useful tool for all our leg ills. My hip may well have worn out because I have a skewed lower right leg after breaking that tibia when I was 13 (and all my relatives ignoring it and not taking me to hospital for 3 or 4 days when it had to be rebroken) – it’s been crooked every since! We think this fault in my leg is probably why it wore out with all the hillwalking I was doing.

    I’m sure nobody minded you ‘offloading’ your woes onto a blog post – I think we all do that and I’m sure we all understand 🙂


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