Plantar Fasciitis Cured?

Plantar Fasciitis Cured?

Last weekend, I was up in the mountains hiking in Colorado’s StauntonState Park. The temperature was bracing cold, a dusting of snow was in the woods and there were patches of ice on the path, but the sun was out and the golden aspens were aglow and it was a beautiful day.

A year ago, I was sitting at home in the gloom of not being able to enjoy experiences like this. With plantar fasciitis crippling my right foot, it was a gloomy to see myself as myself as starting a downward spiral into a disabled and premature old age. Dealing with it, let alone getting it cured, is complicated. So I set out to talk with the experts and get the answers I needed. I started a Web site, as an excuse to talk with those experts and as a means of helping others who suspect that plantar fasciitis may have ended their days of walking without crippling pain.

It’s helped me, that’s for sure. This year I’ve walked long days on hard pavement through cities as a tourist; climbed the Brocken in the Harz Mountains, the highest point in northern Germany; and taken long hikes in the mountains of my Colorado home – and I don’t have to limp anymore.

The Web site, now at two alternative URLS, has a primary focus on “self-cure” and a secondary focus on Aggressive Treatments: medical interventions for those who can’t self-cure. But if you have plantar fasciitis, you’re probably among the 90 % of us who, the docs say, can cure themselves. Like I did. But what does it mean, “cured”?

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