Spinning and Plantar Fasciitis

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    Jan 31, 2008 12:00 PM GMT
    I've been taking spinning classes since last May to mix up my cardio. I used to run exclusively (about 5 miles 3 times a week), but thought all the pounding the pavement wasn't the best for my feet. So I cut back on the running and added spinning.

    I noticed toward the end of last summer that my heels would get sore after a run and then by the fall, it was the entire bottom of my feet. So now I'm not running at all. I'm still spinning because I need the cardio. I'm also treating for PF but its not getting any better.

    So do you think the spinning is causing the plantar fasciitis? I would hate to stop doing any cardio at all while I experiment. I wish I had access to a pool as a cardio substitute, but no luck there. What about rowing?
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    Jan 31, 2008 5:26 PM GMT
    I doubt that you got plantar fascitis from spinning. The times I had it were because of too many miles on a pair of running shoes and running on concrete. Runners should be replacing their shoes after 300-500 miles--depends upon your footstrike and body build. Avoid hard surfaces, especially concrete. Asphalt roads are more forgiving and better yet run on trails (golf courses, if they let you). So look at your shoes and where you run and that should solve the problem. good luck!
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    Jan 31, 2008 5:39 PM GMT
    The road back from PF can be a long one. Give yourself some time and consult your podiatrist on the spinning issue.
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    Jan 31, 2008 10:40 PM GMT
    I've had PF on and off (mostly on) in my left foot for the past 6 years, having done physical therapy, stretching, NSAIDs, and finally surgery (fascia release). I still get pain from time to time.

    In my experience, spinning didn't necessarily start it, but if it was already in pain, it didn't help at all. My favorite cardio machines are the elliptical trainers. I can have a bad pain day and still get on there and go somewhat comfortably.

    My experience with rowing (in college) is that it did not bother my feet. YMMV of course. However, it's my opinion that rowing is such an incredible cardio and strength experience that it's worth it to try.
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    Jan 31, 2008 10:45 PM GMT
    I've been leading spinning classes since the bikes were invented, and I've never had anyone complain of plantar fasciitis. They complain about a lot of things, but never that! I agree with the guys who have told you to see a doctor.
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    Feb 01, 2008 2:06 AM GMT
    Thanks, guys.

    Runningstud, I hope to get back on the road eventually and will remember your recommendations.

    RBY71, thanks for being honest about the situation. I have seen the podiatrist who has me on NSAIDs and recommended specific foot stretching exercises as an initial treatment.

    zeroblue, 6 years and surgery! OMG. You must really have a case of it. I hope you are okay now, dude. But it doesn't sound like it. Do you really feel like you get the cardio pump from those ehlipticals? I don't. At least not like running and spinning. I'm glad you think highly of the rowing. Those machines are ALWAYS available.

    art_smass, great to get a spinning instructor's input. None of mine have heard anyone complain either. It's just that its starting to seem too coincidental that the PF reared its ugly head shortly after I began spinning.
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    Feb 01, 2008 2:34 AM GMT
    Man I am battling that right now. I was just referred to a physical therapist and am considering getting inserts for my shoes. A couple people at work have had the same problem, we all work on our feet for about 8-12 hours a day.

    Mine was hurting so bad I couldnt walk, but an orthopedic specialist told me it has alot to do with the elasticiity of your achilies tendon. So I am doing stretches and that helps, hes got me on nsaids now and that helping also.

    I pray to God I dont have to have this for no 6 years and then surgery, just cut the dam foot off and give me a stint or something, dam.

    The doctor I saw said he treats it very aggresively and usually can clear it up 99% of the time without surgery.

    Mine has hurt so bad the last couple months I have done any cardio and I am feeling the effects from it, but I am going to have to start doing cycling or eliptical or something.

    I hope you can clear yours up and all is well, I know what you are going through and it aint no joke.
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    Feb 01, 2008 12:19 PM GMT
    redbull, my doc said with the right treatment, you could wake up one morning and notice it gone. So I hope that's the case for both of us. Mine's not debilitating or anything like that, but I miss running SO badly. With spring around the corner, I will miss being out there, running in the sun, shirt off, with my iPod.icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 02, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    Elliptical isn't quite the same as running, no. But I find if I crank up the resistance and use the arm handles too I can get my heart rate as high as I want (160, 170, 180...) which works for me.

    A friend recommended these shoes

    I have tried them, and they do indeed help with PF as well as other foot and back pain. They look goofy, but hey... a great conversation starter. When I was at my worst, these things could get me standing and walking around again.

    Best of luck to you guys. Keep stretching and even try rolling a frozen bottle of water on your foot. Ice plus massage plus exercise all in one.