It started with a niggle…
Something has been bugging me for a while. Something that I just planted at the back of my mind, and tried to ignore.
But it became TOO BIG.
I had noticed that after my longer walks the only thing hurting was my feet.
I thought that it was my shoes (I got new ones), possibly the hiking / bushwalking track (I walked on a variety of terrains), or just that I was getting used to walking further (then it happened on a 12km walk – a distance I’m usually very comfortable with).
For days after hiking I couldn’t put my body weight on my feet without HUGE amounts of pain. Even walking around the house was SOO painful.
So I bit the bullet, and went to a podiatrist. I come away with a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. It’s apparently quite common in bushwalker’s and runner’s, and responds well to treatment. Since then I’ve been taped up, bought innersoles, got advice on footwear types, got electric shock treatment, and today I’m off for dry needling and massage. Plus I have foot exercises and stretches to do twice a day. There’s more to come – but with only 2 weeks till our fundraising walk I’m throwing everything at it!
I would like to encourage other hikers / bushwalkers – if you have a ‘niggle’ that’s been bugging you for a while now – GET IT CHECKED OUT! We’re all in this for the long haul, right? So best to get it sorted out before it becomes an even bigger problem.
Our 40km walk along the Surf Coast is just under 2 WEEKS AWAY!! From now until then it’s all about the TEAM.
There are 12 of us in total, and our team goal is $5,000 (just over $400 each).
Please help us reach our target by donating here. Donations over $2 are tax deductible, and every bit helps! Thank-you