Minute 1: How to get rid of plantar fasciitis
We’ve had the privilege of a bout with plantar fasciitis and surgery for a torn meniscus. If we had to assign 1 ailment to a friend and 1 to an enemy, we would wish for meniscus surgery for the good guy and PF for the bad guy. We were skiing 4 weeks after the surgery, but the bout with plantar fasciitis seemed to go on forever. Some medical experts say that PF can linger as long as 18 months. That’s why we were intrigued this week when Footwear News produced this list of “The 12 Best Running Shoes for Plantar Fasciitis, According to Experts.” For athletes lucky enough to have avoided the ailment, here is a quick background. PF involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot. That doesn’t sound that too nasty, but the pain associated with the inflammation is worse than stepping on stray Lego with bare feet. It is typically the worst first thing in the morning, which is why some folks wear special braces to bed at night. (In our case, that didn’t help at all.) As for shoes that provide relief, according to the new story, the Asics Gel-Kayano 28 is the best overall shoe for bouncing back from PF. There are also recommendations for different foot shapes along with trail and pavement options. Beyond proper footwear, you may want to check out “The 5 Best stretches and exercises for plantar fasciitis and heel pain” or this advice from the Cleveland Clinic: “4 Home Remedies for Your Plantar Fasciitis.” In our own case, the most successful treatment was professional massage therapy for the lower calf, just above the Achilles tendon. After trying several other remedies, that relatively small investment paid off. The good news for your wallet is “that self-massage techniques are just as effective as massage done by a therapist” according to this article. #FootFault
Minute 2: Do you run further than the average American?
For endurance sports nerds like us, this week is like CES, a new iPhone release and a Marvel movie premiere combined. This is when analysis from our favorite fitness app hits the stree