It's official... I have Plantar Fasciitis & acute Achilles Tendonitis ):
For those of you who do not know what these are, let me break it down for you.
Plantar Fasciitis is defined as, "one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes" according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury causing pain, inflammation and or degeneration of the Achilles tendon at the back of the ankle. Luckily, I caught mine before it got really bad.
My personal experience
The pain started about two weeks ago and I felt like it came out of nowhere. Now looking back, I know exactly how this happened. But, I will get to that a little later in this post.
First, lets talk about what has happened since it started.
I felt a little pain on Sunday 3/26 and decided to go to yoga just to stretch it out. My Achilles was super tight (I just started a 28 day plan for myself so I had been weight training) and I thought all I needed to do was stretch.
After yoga on Sunday, it felt better! Until I walked in business flats all day Tuesday and Wednesday morning that uncomfortable heel pain multiplied by ten. This is when I knew I had a problem. SO, channeling my inner athlete, I pulled out all the techniques I used when I sprained ankles back in my volleyball days.
For 5 days, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation). This is when I started to see a correlation with how much I walked and the level of pain in my foot (kind of obvious). Then, exactly a week after the initial pain, I finally knew what was wrong with my foot. After talking to friends and family about my symptoms, it was clear I had Plantar Fasciitis.
The thing about this injury is that most people actually know what it is. Every time I have told someone what I have, either someone they know has had it or, they have even had it themselves.
So I started treating myself for Plantar Fasciitis, and it has been up and down. After two weeks of self medicating (I know, I know, I should have gone to a doctor sooner) I finally went to an orthopedic specialist. She told me exactly what I already knew. She referred me to a physical therapist here at school and my first appointment is today 4/11.
I will be vlogging to let you all know how it goes via YouTube. The video will be up Monday and then attached to this post as well.
How did this happen?
When looking back on my schedule this semester... I run around like a crazy person. I realized that I do so much with so little down time that my foot and ankle actually gave out on me. I mean hell.. I work a job, 2 extracurriculars , an internship, am a full time student and workout when I can fit it in. NO WONDER! It is God, the stars and the universe telling me to SLOW TF DOWN WOMAN!!
What I have gotten out of this experience so far
Not really being able to walk has slowed me down more than just physically. I have had to take a step back from my crazy schedule, and am now focusing on what is most important for me, getting healthy, Body by Meg, and you all!
My advice for people in recovery
BE POSITIVE AND OPTIMISTIC!
By forcing myself to have a good attitude during all of this, I have, in turn, seen faster improvements. Plus, being miserable is just too easy. Take a step back, look at the situation from an outside perspective and move forward with the purpose to get better.