It's pictured here with equally green excercise bands received from my physical therapist. This is what I traded my shoes with...
Don't worry, my shoes were immediately donated as well.
Aw, they were as green as Kermit and I liked them!!
This, of course, is why I ended up with a doctor's office with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fascia is the tendons that runs at the bottom of your feet, connecting the balls of your feet with the heel bone. When you don't have adequate arch support, plantar fascia cries for help by causing inflammation. Sometimes the heel bone tries to help by growing extended heel bone to compensate, which is commonly called "heels spur." I have a mild case of heels spur as well; however, according to my doctor, this is not typically the cause of pain. It's unhappy plantar fasia crying.
- Buy new pair of running shoes. Note: cushion deteriorates after 6 months, even if if you never wear them. Never buy running shoes on a sale rack as you don't know how long they sat there. (for sports with less feet impact such as walking, this might be a different matter)
- It takes long time to be able to get used to barefoot running. Start slow to build foot muscle. Sometimes it will take a few years, sometimes it takes even longer.
- Increase mileage in training gradually (if you catch my drift, I have only on/off switch which was a part of my issue. Need to install a dimmer for my energy.)
- Physical therapy exercise
- Ice after each training session
Downside of the Injury:
- Missed work
- Missed training sessions
- Wasted 1 pair of cool looking Kermit the frog shoes
- Bunch of appointments with various doctors
- Buy a new pair of shoes (mandatory)
- Buy nutritional supplements (optional0
- Physical therapy exercise twice a day
- Have to start training for half marathon all over again.
but there is always an upside. What are they?
- Got to meet cool doctors
- Understood my body a little better
- Taught me humility
While it was not all negative, it has not been the most fun I have ever had. So boys and girls, don't be like me, check with a doctor or your trainer before switching to barefoot running. As my friend puts it, you weren't born in Africa running around in barefoot. (Well, the book was not based in Africa though...but I know what you meant). Funny thing is that my green shoes will probably be sent to Africa to serve children who had never worn shoes. How ironic is this.....