Hi! I have just been told by my doc that I have plantar fasciitis due to overuse. I do one class a day ( strength training, mind-body, aerobics n step through the week). I also play tennis thrice a week for recreation.
Any suggestions how to continue the classes while trying to recover? I am doing the necessary stretches, massage n ice as per doc’s orders.
This could prove to be a real boost to your teaching skills. I have taught classes without even a single demo move when injured. Work on your cueing to help you instruct verbally. Being able to demonstrate is helpful, but not necessary.
And you should ask your doctor about deep water exercise for your own fitness. Also about gently moving through all of your ankle ROMs and toe/foot ROMs.
I would definitely follow doctor’s orders. If this is not treated properly or you go back too soon, it can take even longer to heal :/
I agree with Karin Singleton, evaluate how you teach, walk around and make it more educational. That’s one thing, with group classes I’ve taken the instructors rarely walk around the room. When I was competing sometimes I was to pooped to spin, so I focused more on the students. I have a teaching background, so I like that method anyway. I try not to use teaching exercise for my main exercise, that way class participants are my focus. Maybe you can swim or ?? if the doctor recommends/agrees. That way you can still get in exercise. If the doctor lets you, you can demonstrate then help people with their form.
OK, here’s my quick run-down. I teach 14 classes a week, some of them barefoot on a hardwood floor, and this keeps me moving.
1) How old are your shoes?
2) How mobile is your fore-foot, mid-foot, and ankle?
3) If you don’t know how to mobilize these yourself and your dr didn’t give you specific instructions, consider seeing a physical therapist who specializes in running. I got mine from the podiatrist’s office. The doctor shot me with cortisone that lasted 6 weeks. The PT has given me mobilizations and neural flossing, which has improved my pain greatly with no additional need for shots.
4) How are you landing? Are you landing toe-ball-heel, using all of the foot to absorb shock?
5) How is your hydration?
6) Morning minute (from my PT), take one minute before you get out of bed to mobilize and stretch your feet before stepping down onto the floor.
7) Can you teach / coach without doing the moves yourself? I’ve become an expert at cuing. Not that I was bad at it before, but I’ve learned how to describe moves so well and succinctly that I can teach most of class sitting down on those days when it’s really bad (not often any more)
8) Consider whether it’s fascitis or fasciosis, because the treatment for fascitis can make fasciosis worse.
When I taught aerobics & step classes, I made sure I bought a good cross trainer shoe. Nike always worked well for my foot. But you may have to look at several different brands to see which one would work best for you. You will need a shoe that will have support for any lateral movement and good cushioning for forward movement. I would stay away from running shoes as these do not provide the support for lateral movement. I believe someone else commented to purchase 2 pair in order to switch them out. That is a good idea if you can afford to purchase 2 pairs.
Hope this helps!