Can I cure my plantar fasciitis... Yes! Because I don't have it. Turns out I'm not actually a doctor, and therefore, I should never try to diagnose myself. I have been dealing with pain in my calves to some degree for over a decade. Honestly, I thought my calves were tight, and if I just foam rolled and stretched, I would be fine. In the last couple months, this pain was so severe that when I got out of bed in the morning, I couldn't walk. So after years of thinking that I had plantar fasciitis, I finally went to a physical therapist for active release therapy (ART) and learned that though, I need to work on strengthening the arches of my feet, I have weak glutes which are causing the muscles in my calves to overwork, leading to pain.
The plus side of this diagnoses, is that I have discovered an AWESOME physical therapy practice, Bespoke Treatments in Midtown Manhattan. I always thought physical therapy was something you did after an acute injury, torn ACL, rotator cuff surgery, etc. I never considered it an option for the type of chronic overuse injuries I've dealt with since I was my early teens. I have learned so much about my body since this diagnosis, where I am weak, where I am tight, what areas I need to work and appropriate exercises to strengthen those weaknesses.
I have Dan Giordano at Bespoke Treatments to thank for this. He spends so much time and energy working on my pain and muscles that I immediately feel a difference when I leave the office. It would describe the visits as a combination of Active Release Therapy (ART), massage, and physical therapy.
I've had to modify my exercise routine due to this injury because I'm unable to run or jump, which means no dance cardio for now. I'm hoping that I can be pain free and back to my regular routine soon!