We’ve had another week of -34 wind, chills, stuck inside, dressed super warm to even think of going outside. And way too long wearing snow boots. I love my walking but my feet don’t love winter boots.

Rolling my swollen heel and arches on a bottle of ice. Plantar fasciitis is not my friend.

About 10 years ago, I started waking up in the mornings and my heels would hurt like really bad stinging. I never really thought about it too much because it went away as soon I walked around for a little while. Then I was silly enough to run for a bus one day. As I almost reached the bus stop in time I felt a pop and a searing pain in my foot. I slowly limped back to my apartment and called my boss who volunteered to drive me to Pan Am Sports clinic.

There I discovered I had plantar fasciitis and that the fascia that stretches over the heel and up to the balls of my feet had torn severely.

The pains that I had felt every morning as I got out of bed, were the facia slowly tearing a little bit every morning as it would be tightened against my heels, and then, because I had no arch support would be torn every time I stood up. So, each day they would stretch and heal, to only be torn every morning until they stretched again.

After tearing my facia in front of my heel.

So after the cast came off I had to throw out all the 19.95 runners, sandals, and shoes. Plantar fasciitis is generally a result of lots of walking in non-supportive footwear. So the years of walking barefoot or in cheap flat sandals and runners, slowly causes the arch to become weak and the tearing to occur. I only buy athletic shoes with strong arch support now. Although New Balance are my favourites, I have also purchased Merrill’s and Clarkes. Expensive but eliminates the pain.

Almost every mid-February beginning of March, my plantar fasciitis flares up badly. And although I have indoor running shoes that I put on as soon as I get out of bed every morning, I still walk 3-5 km a day. Winter means I have to wear my boots more and more. Especially in the -30 C weather. And they are just not made for weak arches even with support liners.

So here I sit in my living room, rolling my foot onto a bottle of ice to take down some of the swelling. Wishing for some warmer weather and time to get outside and walk all I want without boots.

May I be safe. May I be healthy. May I be happy. May I live with ease.


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