For years I’d been sat behind a desk on a chair working, and then heading home to sit behind a television on a sofa.
I’d gained close to 50lbs in a decade, and developed numerous problems as a result of that.
One such problem was plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects from your heel to the front of your foot.
It’s something that helps you walk, acting as a shock absorber which allows us to ‘spring’ slightly when we walk.
When you have plantar fasciitis this doesn’t happen, and mine was pretty bad. There was almost zero mobility when I walked, and it caused crazy amount of pain on a daily basis.
It feels like something needs to be stretched constantly, and in your heel it often feels like you’re stepping on burning hot lego, but permanently.
Needless to say, it’s pretty nasty.
I’d tried everything…
I was wearing special insoles, I was doing stretches, mobility drills, I was walking as much as possible.
It wasn’t until for totally unrelated reasons, being miserable with my behind-a-desk existence, I decided to start skateboarding that things changed.
Within weeks all the pain went away, mobility came back.
I had already stopped doing all the other things I was trying before. I was even wearing shoes without insoles in for the first time in nearly a year.
Now this is pretty weird, potentially unconventional way to treat plantar fasciitis…
It worked though.
I wasn’t even doing anything crazy, just some basic skating up and down my hall whenever I could, as the weather was too bad to get outside. I hadn’t even attempted anything more than an ollie before this started to get better. I wasn’t even doing any of the skateboarding training I have wrote about on the site.
Skateboarding requires constant stabilization of the ankles. All of the tendons and ligaments, the muscles, it’s all working constantly…
So just the process of skating up and down my hallway was enough.
So it shouldn’t have been a big surprise, but it still was, and an added plus for me to get skating again.
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, obviously I can’t recommend it enough. If you have it and also want to learn to skate then even better, you’ve found the right place.You might also be interested in:Home > Skateboarding Blog > Skateboarding CURED My Plantar Fasciitis