I can trace my issues with my left foot back to the following life events:
March 2013 - I did a half marathon
May 2015 - stood on my feet for 3 days at the Bottle Rock Music Festival
August 2015 - traipsed back and forth for miles and miles across Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands
January 2017 - our dog got diagnosed with Cushing's Disease so I couldn't walk her as much any more.
Slowly over time, my left foot got worse and worse. And really because I let it. I didn't do anything about it. Then as it hurt, I got less active. But I would have random spurts of activity like dancing at a concert for 3 hours. Then nothing but pain the next day. I wrote about reading The Year of Less when I was on vacation in March and how it made me think of all kinds of things. It made me write down a list of things I needed to deal with when we got home. The list included things like 1) find a new dentist, 2) get an old falling apart tooth filling replaced, 3) set up some additional savings accounts for certain things like Pets and Backyard Renovation, and 4) DEAL with my left foot.
I had already google diagnosed myself with plantar fasciitis but I went to the doctor to find out the real truth. I did get diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. My doctor gave me a list of daily exercises, stretches, and routines to go through. He also said I needed to walk. Walk, walk, walk. HUH?? But it hurts so much! WALK he said.
Damn it. He was right. Early April we got a new dog and she needs lots of walking. Walking her twice a day for a minimum of 30 minutes really helped it click how not walking regularly was not helping my foot pain. While at work I started walking around my office for about a minute every 15 minutes. What a difference. I started to take walks at lunch too.
Other things that have made a huge difference are the X-Braces - these are MAGIC. These are AMAZING. If you suffer at all from plantar fasciitis consider getting these.
I finally bought a pair of ankle boots I've been wanting for awhile. They have been amazing for wearing to concerts. I danced in them for 3 hours the other night watching a local band play. Guess what - they're Birkenstocks. They were an investment and worth every penny. I could really kick myself for being too cheap to buy them a long time ago when I first wanted them. Good shoes are important. I wear them with a pair of Feetures socks.
But walking many times throughout the day and at least a half hour in the morning and night have made the biggest difference. Imagine that - my doctor knew what he was talking about.
My days of wearing my favorite Vans all day have come to an end. They're sporadic fashion statement pieces these days. In fact I recently sold 4 pairs of them to the local clothing exchange store. These boots are my life now.