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.
I know plantar fasciitis can be very frustrating and lengthy, especially as an instructor teaching many classes. If you can cut out any unnecessary training, then you should do so (plantar fasciitis can lead to bone spurs and arthritis if not taken care of properly). If you must continue to teach while healing, here are a few things that may help:
1. Follow your doctor’s instructions of icing and stretching
2. Check your footwear and replace if necessary (even if you can’t see any breakdown in your sneakers, they break down inside. I like to buy 2 pair at a time and rotate them.
3. Along with good footwear, supportive shoe inserts or orthotics to protect your arch
4. Coach as much as you can while teaching without doing the whole class. If you must demonstrate and teach the whole time, make sure to ice following the class.
5. Don’t go barefoot or wear slippers around the house
6. Check out this article by ACE–you should pay attention to your feet, calves, and hip flexors:
I hope this helps you…