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What a Stone Bruise Isn’t: Plantar Faciitis and How to Fix it

Back in August, I was at a convention in a strange town Boston, and through a little imperfect information, I ended up walking a long way– a couple of miles– in penny loafers.  When I got ready to run the next morning, I discovered some serious pain under my left heel.  So for the next month or so, although I did continue to run about three miles most days, I never spent any more time than absolutely necessary in hard shoes.  The pain went away.

Until December.  I assumed that the cushioning in my running shoes had expired, and bought new ones.  The pain hasn’t vanished, in fact, on some mornings it was pretty painful when I started moving around in the morning.  When I was at the orthopedist the other day for a different reason, I asked, on my way out the door, “Any tips for dealing with a stone bruise?”  He asked for more details; I told him about the penny loafers.  What he said in reply really surprised me.

He said, “Just make sure you really stretch out that calf muscle.  It’s connected there.”

I said, “Oh.”  Like I say, I was headed out the door, and he was headed in a different direction, so we didn’t have time to talk it to death. He didn’t correct me about calling it a stone bruise.  I have since learned that that isn’t what a stone bruise is.  A stone bruise affects the metatarsal area, although as a slang term, there is some inherent vagueness.  I have classic plantar faciitis.

ANYWAY, the point is:  I did the stretching and it really works!  I don’t mean that I’m miraculously better, but it sure is a lot lot lot less painful, and I feel like it really will heel (yuck yuck) one day.  Because I’m not giving up the puny  amount of running I do.


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