Painful Quick Jaunt

Who knew a tennis ball could cause pain and do good at the same time.
Who knew a tennis ball could cause pain and do good at the same time.

This morning when I woke up my heel was very sore from my plantar fasciitis. I was struggling with just walking so I used the foam roller to try to loosen up my calves. I also used a tennis ball under my foot to try to loosen up the tendon like my physiotherapist has told me.  Both helped a bit but it wasn’t great. I still wanted to go run but I knew I needed some help to get out.

Warren suggested a quick little jaunt around the block and I was good with that. We got dressed and as we opened the front door to go outside I felt the cold. It was above zero and it was spitting rain a bit. I pulled my arms to my chest and curled myself inwards to try to feel warmer. I said to Warren “I don’t wanna go.”  He just looked at me and I knew what he was thinking. I said “Let’s go.” I knew I would be ok once I got going.

The first ten minutes of our run was hard because my foot was tight and hurt. I ran along and reminded myself that the run would only be a half hour and I would be done.

I followed wherever Warren went because to me he was the leader today. As we arrived closer to home Warren said “I’m running until we reach 6k.” I was good with that even though my foot had loosened up a bit. By the time the run was done I was feeling better than when I first started and I was glad I went. I was also very happy to be running with Warren.

I see my friend Gwen on Monday for the acupuncture treatment and I can’t wait even though I was dreading it before.I am hoping to find some relief even from the first treatment. Fingers crossed.

Have you tried using a tennis ball or golf ball for an injury before?

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5 thoughts on “Painful Quick Jaunt

  1. I can’t wait to hear how the acupuncture works! I use a golf ball on the bottom of my feet. Some friends use a lacrosse ball too. I’ve also had Graston done on my feet – that is a torture session! You could also put Kinseo tape on it.

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    1. I am now looking forward to it as well even though I wasn’t before.

      So, I didn’t know what Graston was and I just looked it up. I made quite the face just reading about it. Hope you don’t have to have that again anytime soon. It sounded awful.

      I have used tape in the past but I felt the tape hurt more when I ran. Not sure what that would be but it did.

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  2. I’ve tried the tennis ball, but never felt like it did anything helpful. When I first had problems someone suggested I wear birkenstocks. I got some sandals and wore them all the time at home (never went barefoot) and even got some shoes to wear outside of the home. I think they really helped a lot and wore them for years. But I noticed (now that I’m having problems again) I haven’t been wearing them very much lately. So they’re back on fulltime! I got my husband a pair and he says they hurt his feet and won’t wear them. But my feet love them and they are sooo comfortable.

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    1. You are the third person to mention Birkenstocks to me. I may just have to check them out.
      Get them back on your feet it sounds like. Hope they kick in soon and you feel better. 🙂

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