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Is Having Plantar Fasciitis And Running A Marathon Even Possible?
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Is Having Plantar Fasciitis and Running a Marathon Even Possible?

Today I'm going to be focusing on having plantar fasciitis, more commonly known as heel spurs, and running a marathon. Is it truly possible to participate in a marathon with such a terrible and painful condition? Is it worth running, jogging, walking a marathon when you feel like someone is digging a knife into your foot?

In a word, no. The fact of the matter is that it simply is not worth exacerbating this condition by running miles upon miles. I do understand that exercise is very important, however, not at the expense of your feet. That's like cutting off your nose to spite your face. First, let's take a look at what happens to the foot when we have an inflammation in the heel.

The ligament that runs along the bottom portion that forms the arch is tightened. How? Heel spurs have a tendency to restrict movement of the ligament and cause pressure to where it's growing, causing it to be inflamed. When the inflammation is at it's peak, scar tissue is forming in and around that ligament. This in turn tremendously reduces the effectiveness of the ligament in terms of flexibility. When your foot cramps up, you can bet that the ligament is tightening up and all of the small stabilizing muscles in your foot are trying really hard to keep your foot stable.

So what do you do? You don't want to hate yourself for not reaching today's goal of running a 5K. But what honestly would be worse is if you're out of commission for six months because you've made your condition worse. Trust me when I say that there is no other worse feeling than to start running your marathon and all of a sudden, you feel like someone has just stabbed your foot like a bad B-rated horror movie. So I sincerely suggest you simply take it easy and allow your foot to heal.

Does this mean you can never participate in a marathon while having plantar fasciitis? Not necessarily. You can absolutely participate in one. Just after you address the problem carefully and tenaciously. Heel spurs do not going away because you wish them to . You need to have a solid action plan that involves stretches, self-myofascial release (applying deep pressure and holding that pressure for a time), and rest.

If you do decide to go out and kill that marathon because you've been looking forward to it, then make sure that you've been taking care of your foot before hand. instead of running to prepare, using the elliptical machine in the gym would be a much better alternative. It's virtually no impact and you can still get in the cardio endurance you need. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Stretch the foot in all kinds of angles to alleviate any built-up tension.

So is having plantar fasciitis and running a marathon a possibility? If you're super determined, and you take the proper measures to protect the health of your foot, then yes. It is not outside the realm of possibility. But to run a marathon head on, without a game plan to protect your feet, then absolutely no! Don't do it. However, I do sincerely suggest you look into more alternatives that will help keep your feet healthy so that you can run for years to come.


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