Cardio in the Midst of an Injured Foot

  • aroydee

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    May 01, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    So I have something called "plantar fasciitis" -- a painful (!!) inflammation of the tendon of the left foot that is "caused by excessive wear to the plantar fascia that supports the arches of the foot".

    The reason is my own stupidity: doing cardio wearing cute but useless sneakers instead of really effective running shoes.

    So my question: not being able to run (let alone barely walk) without causing pain and, probably, more damage is making me feel like a pig. Any recommendations for some form of cardio that might not aggravate the feet so much?

    Huge thanks, peopel!
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    May 01, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    I'd say biking, swimming, the eliptical or the stair climber, though biking and wimming might be the best because they're non weight baring.
  • kew1

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    May 01, 2009 7:21 PM GMT
    Has your gym got anything like this?
    http://www.expertvillage.com/video/19442_gym-equipment-cardio-arm-bike.htm
  • aroydee

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    May 01, 2009 10:18 PM GMT
    Not exactly like that, but it looks like fun.... I go to a pretty well-equipped University gym (Columbia, here in New York)... what about a rowing machine instead???

    And all of your guys, thanks for writing... and for feeling my **ouch** pain! Part of the pleasure/problem of living in New York City is that we walk... everywhere, all day long. At first, the pain was worst in the morning... you know that first footstep out of bed... and then again late afternoon after being on my feet most of the day. Now the morning is not quite as bad, and the pain waits to reappear until the evening. An improvement I guess.

    But I still do hobble about a good part of the day. And it really hurts!
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    May 01, 2009 11:20 PM GMT
    aroydee saidNot exactly like that, but it looks like fun.... I go to a pretty well-equipped University gym (Columbia, here in New York)... what about a rowing machine instead???

    And all of your guys, thanks for writing... and for feeling my **ouch** pain! Part of the pleasure/problem of living in New York City is that we walk... everywhere, all day long. At first, the pain was worst in the morning... you know that first footstep out of bed... and then again late afternoon after being on my feet most of the day. Now the morning is not quite as bad, and the pain waits to reappear until the evening. An improvement I guess.

    But I still do hobble about a good part of the day. And it really hurts!


    There are some stretches and exercises you can do to help with it. One of them is standing on a towel and curling your toes to gather the towel under the foot. You'll have to google the rest probably.

    Another thing you could do is mix some grape seed oil with eucalyptus oil, and aloe vera. That usually helps soothe muscle aches for me.
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    May 03, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    I've got a bad left ankle which keeps me from running more than once or twice a week, so I sympathize!

    You can bike, or I ofeten is the ergometer rowing machine, which is a helluva workout and easy on the feet. You can also "run" in a pool using a float vest.

    Good luck - but take care!