A tennis ball works also!
post #31 of 36
9/23/06 at 10:02pm
No. For exercise, was biking, swimming, and running in the pool. Tried various techniques to heal the PF -- rolling foot on golf ball/tennis ball, night splint, etc. Finally, the acupuncture worked for me like a charm. From what I've read, most people try a number of things and then one thing seems to work for them. This could mean a number of things, including possibly that: 1) everyone's injury is slightly different and responds to a different form of treatment; 2) by the time you hit on something that works, the foot was probably just ready to heal up anyway; 3) there could be some psychological factor involved when you try something that you have faith will work.
It healed up last year before ski season (thank God!) and, since the spring, I've gradually gone from walking around the house barefoot more and more each day along with wearing flip flops most of the time when out and about to very short jogs barefoot on grass (starting at about 2 minutes) along with runs on trails in flat racing shoes (starting at about ten minutes). I pronate a great deal and my arches collapse when I step, but I've noticed that everything in my foot is getting stronger and I even have a more pronounced arch that is getting more stable when my foot lands. So, thus far, I've been very happy going the non-orthotic, non-never-go-barefoot route (note that I went the traditional route when I had PF once before a few years ago, but I was never entirely convinced that making my feet more dependent on shoes and artificial means of support was a great, long-term idea).