I'm currently twenty-three years old and exercise has been on the back burner for about a year now. Even so, I have never been unable to not do any kind of exercise that I decided I wanted to do. I've been sore, and rolled ankles (I have weak ones) and sprained any assortment of limbs, and had to take it lighter for the next few days, but I've never been afraid of going back out and doing it again.
Even three months back I was in Chicago visiting family with my boyfriend and we went to the city and walked around ALL day at his brisk pace. I was sore the next day in my thighs, but my feet were relatively alright.
That said, moving to CO and wanting to get out and about while I am currently unemployed, I decided to volunteer with the humane society. I also decided to walk there since our cars are hit and miss with functioning right now.
It was a nine mile walk, there and back. Mind you, at a very leisurely pace. (10 miles, but my bf dropped me off down the road on his way to work). BIG MISTAKE.
By the time I go home, my feet were killing me. Stabbing pains in the heels and all such assorted madness. I hurt to walk after I got home and fell into the shower. The next day, I couldn't walk without extreme pain in my heels. I was sore, sure, but this wasn't soreness. This was serious pain.
I have never encountered this before and it really freaked my out. I did research and it lead me to the conclusion of plantar fasciitis. I am horror struck at the length of time people have said it takes for it to heal. So I promptly sat on my butt for two days straight, stretching my feet tentatively in between to keep my feet "in use".
After that (knowing many people said it wouldn't help) it was the weekend and I ventured out to the shops with my boyfriend and even after short stints of walking, I can feel my feet begin to ache dully.
I feel like if I attempt to do anything involving my feet full out, I'm going to be in a **** of a lot of pain. It's scaring me, honestly.
So, my questions are: Has anyone here dealt with this and overcome it, or are you actively dealing with it now? And what in the world did you do about it or are you doing?
-Really freaked out twenty-three year old.