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Plantar Fasciitis

Slammer2

SNFO Advanced, VT-86 T-39G/N
Contributor
FWIW some chick in my company got it at OCS and made it through the last month and a half or so with no problems. I think she just had to go to medical every morning and do a ton of stretches.
 

Lawman

Well-Known Member
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FWIW some chick in my company got it at OCS and made it through the last month and a half or so with no problems. I think she just had to go to medical every morning and do a ton of stretches.
Guy in my fireteam developed it week 3 or so. He had to fight to stay on "Full Duty with treatment" status but because he was a 290 PFT'er (and 37 to boot) they made arrangements for him. He had to go to Physical Therapy every morning and get taped up by the Physical Trainers but he made it.
 

Pugs

Back from the range
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Had this bad enough it did tear one of the muscles about have way through in my right foot. Result of running in the wrong shoes as a heavy pronator. Some good advice here but the other one I'll toss in ALWAYS have some sort of arch support on until this heals. I put commercial arch supports in boat shoes and my feet never hit the deck for three months without putting them on. In the long run stretching, obsessive care in running shoe selection and orthodics for running shoes, boots and dress shoes fixed it.
 

T.M.Gray

Registered User
After months of hobbling with foot pain which I thought would eventually go away, but didn't, I finally went to a podiatrist for the first and only time in my life. He diagnosed plantar fasciitis and gave me a shot of Cortisone. Three days later the pain was gone and hasn't returned. The marvels of modern medicine! Do the smart thing: see a doctor. By the way, the reason I went to the podiatrist is because the wait to see an orthopedist was much longer. Either one should be able to help you out.
 

nikiterp86

Pro-rec'd INTEL!!!!!
So I'm resurrecting an old thread here, but someone gave me a list of some great stretches to help with this. Those of you who know me know I've been suffering with this PITA condition for a while now. These stretches have been awesome, and I figured I'd share them in case anyone else is having issues with plantar fascitis. They're attached.

The first .pdf has stretches that can be done with nothing more than a towel, a wall, and/or a frozen can/bottle of something. The second has stretches that require a theraband... I don't have a theraband, so I don't do these, but I seem to be healing without the aide of the second set of stretches.

Additionally, I highly recommend Superfeet insoles. I use the "berry" ones, and that combined with my new running shoes (which I got at a running store after they took a bunch of measurements, watched me walk, etc) and these stretches seems to be working wonders. There is also a special sock that you can wear at night to stretch out the plantar fascia while you sleep. I haven't had to resort to that yet, but I know people who have tried both the braces mentioned earlier in the thread and this sock, and prefer the sock. I forget what it's called, but I'll find out tonight at my running club and edit this post to include the name.

Last but not least, I'm no longer supposed to walk around barefoot (even at home) and I can't wear flip flops anymore (which sucks cause that's pretty much all I wear :eek:). Small sacrifice though.

Hope this helps some people out!
 

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C420sailor

Former Rhino Bro
pilot
If you can get ultrasound therapy, do it. It will help prevent scar tissue buildup, which is common in bad cases of plantar fascitis. I would also look into real custom orthotics.

From a guy who has been there, done that...
 

nikiterp86

Pro-rec'd INTEL!!!!!
Oh I hadn't heard about ultrasound therapy. I'll ask my doctor about that, thanks for the suggestion. I'm already working on getting orthotics, but these stretches are keeping me going in the meantime.
 

BarrettRC8

VMFA
pilot
Oh I hadn't heard about ultrasound therapy. I'll ask my doctor about that, thanks for the suggestion. I'm already working on getting orthotics, but these stretches are keeping me going in the meantime.
The ultrasound therapy was what finally solved the problem for me. I shipped to OCC-196 with it - though it had improved somewhat. It only got worse during OCS though and it was pretty miserable. Once I reported to TBS it was difficult to even walk properly, but after a month or so of the ultrasound treatments a few times a week I was fine.
 

samlobo

New Member
pilot
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While a definitive diagnosis is important, if it is plantar fasciitis, a runner in my running club found something called the Straussburg Sock very helpful to wear at night. You can find more info about it on www.thesock.com (no kidding, this is the website). It's basically a big tube sock that pulls your toes back towards your knee while you are resting at night. I think they cost about $30 and you can buy them online, or find them in any running specialty stores.
Hope that helps.
Jen
 

nikiterp86

Pro-rec'd INTEL!!!!!
While a definitive diagnosis is important, if it is plantar fasciitis, a runner in my running club found something called the Straussburg Sock very helpful to wear at night. You can find more info about it on www.thesock.com (no kidding, this is the website). It's basically a big tube sock that pulls your toes back towards your knee while you are resting at night. I think they cost about $30 and you can buy them online, or find them in any running specialty stores.
Hope that helps.
Jen
Yup, that's the one! I couldn't remember the name of it in my earlier post :)

Ryan and C420- that ultrasound therapy is sounding better and better haha!
 

Wcalkins

New Member
I have pf now and Im shipping to Q-town in two months (OCC 209). Its nice to hear someone has gone through OCS with this before. How should I go about treating pf while at OCS? What will get me kicked out and what will they continue to treat? Will i be allowed to ice it at night? Will they give me strong pain killers to deal? Am I allowed to bring "The Sock" and custom orthotics with me to OCS?

Im a 300 pfter, but im still worried about walking the line between getting treatment while at OCS and getting sent home. Any advice would be great.

I can do long workouts, and ten mile humps with 50 lbs pack. It hurts alittle at the beginning and after workouts but I can still do well during.

Any advice from people who have been there done that would be great.
 

Schnugg

It's gettin' a bit dramatic 'round here...
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
While a definitive diagnosis is important, if it is plantar fasciitis, a runner in my running club found something called the Straussburg Sock very helpful to wear at night. You can find more info about it on www.thesock.com (no kidding, this is the website). It's basically a big tube sock that pulls your toes back towards your knee while you are resting at night. I think they cost about $30 and you can buy them online, or find them in any running specialty stores.
Hope that helps.
Jen
Not quite what I would call a "Cruise Sock"...
 

BarrettRC8

VMFA
pilot
I have pf now and Im shipping to Q-town in two months (OCC 209). Its nice to hear someone has gone through OCS with this before. How should I go about treating pf while at OCS? What will get me kicked out and what will they continue to treat? Will i be allowed to ice it at night? Will they give me strong pain killers to deal? Am I allowed to bring "The Sock" and custom orthotics with me to OCS?

Im a 300 pfter, but im still worried about walking the line between getting treatment while at OCS and getting sent home. Any advice would be great.

I can do long workouts, and ten mile humps with 50 lbs pack. It hurts alittle at the beginning and after workouts but I can still do well during.

Any advice from people who have been there done that would be great.
While I'm pretty far removed from OCS, I'd do whatever possible to give my foot a break prior to shipping. You're obviously in good enough shape where the physical aspect of OCS shouldn't be an issue so take the next eight weeks and allow your foot to heal to the max extent possible.

You can still do things like lift weights and other forms of cardio - Bike, swim, etc... But I'd shy away from running as much as you can.
 
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