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I may be being over cautious, but I think I may have a very mild Plantar Fasciitis. I don't know how long I should wait before attempting to run.
It started three weeks ago, I found my legs starting to ache a bit on my normal runs, becoming tied (I didn't increase the distance either). I only did one run in the week for 5k, and the following week did another run for 5k. Again, my legs ached but nothing painful, so I left it another week and did another...being cautious all the time. On the third week, I didn't get any aches, so I thought everything was fine.
It wasn't until the next day when I went for a walk that my heal started to hurt. Actually, my knee cap also started to feel pain. The heal main was under the heal at the end towards the middle of the foot, and also part of the middle of the underfoot.
The following day, I went for another walk, and the foot was mildly painful all day, not just walking. I presumed that my calf muscles was too tight, (Hence the knee cap slight pain)...so I started doing stretching exercises and things like rolling a golf ball multiple times a day on the foot, and using ice.
I only had two days of mild pain...that was a week ago. My feet seem fine now and I have done a few walks without any pain, just a VERY dull ache first thing in the morning and if I rest it for a long period of time. (Typical Plantar Fasciitis?)
What concerns me is at the same time I started to get the pain, I have got a clicking sound when I bend by foot...it’s only my left foot and that’s the one I had the problem with. Walking doesn't really make it click unless I have big strides, but bending it further towards makes it click at the heal.
I have become confused with the huge array of information on the internet. Some sites saying its fine to run if it’s only a dull ache and not all the day, others saying it will take months or years to recover from.
But...I have not found any advice for anyone where the pain has basically gone, but they still have a 'click'.
How long should I wait to try running again, I don't want to risk bringing it back. I may have only had it for two days, but it still has a very dull ache first thing in the morning and after rest. I also have a very slight ache in the knee now and again during the day and my leg. I am wondering if ifs my calf muscles still being tight. I tried a test to see how flexible they were against the fall and reached 16cm which I think was good, but I probably didn’t do the test properly!
I don’t want to make it worse. Am I being over cautious? I’ve had different injuries in the past and don’t want a repeat. The 3-12 month recovery time for Plantar Fasciitis seems very worrying! Especially if you can’t run during that time.
Would value your help.