Saturday, March 4, 2017

Hoping for some plantar relief in the Futuro

The futuro is now
Today's run (treadmill): 3.3 miles
Yesterday's run (treadmill): 3.3 miles

Earlier this week I was complaining to anyone in my office that would listen about my foot soreness due to plantar fasciitis. I am fortunate to work in a place that has many experts on health (along with other subjects) and one of them told me she got great results from something called the Futuro Night Plantar Fasciitis Sleep Support brace. The next day she brought it in so I could use it. Some people are really nice.

The brace seems designed to hold the foot in a way that prevents you from pointing your toes when you sleep. Apparently we all do that. Pointing toes aggravates the plantar fascia. That explains why every morning my heel feels like someone hammered a nail into it overnight. Unlike my "night sock" that yanks back my toes, the Futuro brace does its thing gently. I wore the brace extensively on Thursday night and on Friday (because I worked from home) and started feeling some relief.

I was encouraged by the improvement but felt concern that I'd undo my progress if I went for a run. I decided that it was worth chancing a relapse and did a treadmill workout on Friday morning. While I did feel a few pangs of soreness at different stages in the run, I experienced no residual pain. I've continued to wear the brace while in the house and it seems to be helping.

This morning I decided that 20° weather plus wind chill are not an appealing combination. Once again, I did my running on the treadmill. My current routine is to put on a music station and set my speed to a brisk but sustainable pace. No treadmill hating these days as I've learned to appreciate the more forgiving surface compared to pavement. Plus, did I mention the 20° plus wind chill outside?

I've often said that treadmill minutes seem twice as long as regular minutes. Today the time went by quickly. Instead of watching my time or mileage, I now run by songs. Roughly three per mile. Psychologically, it's a much better approach and probably why every runner but me listens to music when they run outdoors. I'm still not doing that.

My buddies SIOR and KWL have been tuning up for the Boston Marathon in April by running NYRR races the past two weekends. This weekend they're running the Salsa, Blues and Shamrocks 5K up in Washington Heights and will be adding another 13 miles on top of that. With all those hills and a real feel temperature of 13°, it's going to be interesting. That is so beyond anything I'm prepared to do right now. I'll stick with the treadmill, a temperature controlled room and my borrowed brace.

6 comments:

  1. I wouldnt say I'm tuning up, necessarily. I'm actually putting in the minimum amount Of miles to complete a marathon. Don't think this is going to be a PR event. I'll be lucky if I get another BQ. The important thing is salsa, blues, and shamrocks are related somehow.

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    1. I am sincerely hoping that SB&S helps your effort to go PDQ so you can PR and BQ.

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  2. Oh and that futuro looks dumburo. If it's working, though, enjoyuro. I guess.

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    1. It might look dumburo but, then again, I have yet to meet a smart burro. I'm sure the healing capabilities of the Futuro would be incomprehensible to a person who deals with running injuries by getting bled at barber.

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  3. I made my own "strassburg sock" last year when I was battling PF. I would rip it off in the middle of the night. I'm pretty sure it helped when I kept it on.

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    1. I've had the same experience with both the sock and the brace. Sometime during the night I wake up and take them off. Did your PF go away by itself or did you get treatment for it?

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