The Ex-Fortysomething Obsessed Runner: 48 Hour PF??

I’ve heard of the “24 hour flu” before, but a couple of weeks ago, I had a weird 48 hour case of plantar fasciitis.

I had two previous bouts with PF, one that took over a month to get rid of completely, so as soon as I felt that sore feeling on my left heel, I knew what I was dealing with. It started soon after a 6 mile run on a Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, it had progressed from a dull soreness to a strong ache. Even walking was uncomfortable. And when I went to work, wearing shoes didn’t lessen the pain the way it had with previous bouts.

In short, this was shaping up to be the worst case of PF ever for me…!

You all must know the typical treatment for PF: ice, rest, rolling small balls on the affected area. I did all that. I didn’t run Monday, of course. By Tuesday, my foot felt a little better. My wife cautioned me not to go running, and I was wise enough to listen.

On Wednesday, my foot didn’t hurt at all! Just to be safe, I didn’t run.

Things were still pain-free on Thursday, so I went for a short 2 mile run, with no problems.

In all, it was a strange severe flare-up of PF that came and went quickly. I don’t think I can recall a repetitive use injury that’s been so fast to resolve (yet so seemingly severe at its peak). I’m not complaining of course — though I wish I’d gotten in a bit more running, because the wildfires happened a few days later…

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