Uh oh. . .
Seems like a strange time to have plantar fasciitis rearing its ugly head while I’m starting serious and excited about hike planning. . . but it’s true. Not sure why it took me so long to realize it that this was the problem. Thinking back, I know exactly why I started exhibiting symptoms – my winter “snow sneakers” – my standard outdoor boots unless it’s quite cold – started breaking down. I’ve cycled through several different foot beds this winter, as they were uncomfortable to hike in. And still I have that feeling that my heels are on fire when I walk in them – now extended to feeling like that all the time.
I have plenty of time to correct the situation for this year’s hiking season. For one, I fished out my long-neglected “night splints.” So far, I can’t wear them all night, but I manage to get an hour or so per foot per night. And calf stretches help. And, I’ve started keeping the bedroom slippers – with added arch support – by the bed so i don’t even have to walk to the bathroom barefoot. Sigh. That part is annoying.
Luckily, I know that I beat this 10 years ago and haven’t had a serious problem until now. Already starting to feel better, and only been actively working on it a few days. On the good side, I’ve resurrected my copy of Sretching, so I guess I’m starting conditioning early.