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I have running-induced arch discomfort that doesn’t quite conform to descriptions of plantar fasciitis that I’ve come across. Hoping to get help with diagnosis & return to running advice.
I’m not a lifelong runner (25yo M), but I returned to the sport this past summer as I started training for a military pipeline. Admittedly, I hit it too hard: 5x/wk (2 interval workouts, 3 “LSD” runs going way too fast) while changing naturally to a midfoot strike. But for a while I was healthy, getting faster, feeling strong. It caught up with me after 3mo and I started to notice arch discomfort. The discomfort started in the arch of my foot (pictured), primarily in the insole (medial aspect) up to some palpable bone — the head of the talus, maybe? The pain felt something like muscle soreness or an inflammation / overuse injury. It was never debilitating and never sharp, but I stopped running to prevent from exacerbating it.
One week w/ RICE, no fix.
Two weeks w/ RICE, no fix.
I’ve mostly stopped running since ~Thanksgiving 2019. Additional interventions: Voodoo flossing the plantar area regularly. Ice regularly. Mobility work for hips & lower extremities regularly.
Question is: Does this issue sound congruent with plantar fasciitis? If so, do people ever have success overcoming PF by working back into running slowly? In other words, could I run for 1x/wk for 30min, allow a week for recovery, and slowly slowly build in that way? Do inflammation injuries ever respond to strengthening through activity even if it causes temporary re-aggravation of the injury?
Thanks for any input.
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