Finally! The days are warmer. So, my husband and I have been walking a lot.  With the walking, I have now discovered yet another ailment.

I've noticed that my feet are killing me first thing in the morning. A search on the web shows that it looks like I now suffer from Plantar Fasciitis. Why is it that the older I get the more fancy the ailment sounds?

My husband and I were walking a lot last fall and then took a break for the winter. A couple of times I noticed one of my feet would swell around the arch and a little up towards my ankle. Then it all went away. Well lately, now when I wake up my first steps in the morning my feet are killing me.

What is Plantar Fasciitis? According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society:

If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss), an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.

 

You're more likely to develop the condition if you're female, overweight or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with very flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis.

 

The condition typically starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise. You're more likely to feel it after (not during) exercise. The pain classically occurs right after getting up in the morning and after a period of sitting.

Yep, I got a lot of the classic signs of Plantar Fasciitis! Of course, I need to go to a doctor and  be properly diagnosed but in the meantime these exercises are really helping.