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Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

Posted on June 11, 2010 in Health & Nutrition

The Good News:

After many months of being plagued with Plantar Fasciitis, I am no longer experiencing any discomfort in my heel. I am now able to move freely on the court without pain. The transition and healing was a very slow process, which coincides with others I’ve spoken with that have experienced the same affliction. I have to give a lot, if not all of the credit to the Superfeet insoles I regularly used. I wore them while playing tennis and basketball as well as in my everyday choices of casual footwear. Though there was an adjustment period of getting used to the feel of them (especially when playing sports), I got used to the supportive feel and didn’t notice any discomfort.

The Bad News:

My pain free play was short lived. As my body became healthier, I was able to play more tennis. What a great thing, right? The tennis began to take its toll on me with a little something called golfer’s elbow. What is golfer’s elbow, you ask? It’s tendonitis on the medial side of the elbow. (Tennis elbow is tendonitis on the lateral side). As I continued to play and train for an upcoming tournament while filming practice and drills from our Gotta Want It series, the pain was annoying, yet manageable. Resting my elbow would be the best remedy without a doubt. Being that we were nearing the tournament, I didn’t see that as the best option, only because I could get through hitting sessions and matches with minimal pain. It was after these sessions that I would experience extreme tenderness in my elbow. Along with icing, I also tried other things to help keep my elbow at minimum damage and pain. I used a compression sleeve by Skins, which aided in keeping my elbow warm with a compressed feel. Along with that, I used Kinesio Tape. These, mind you, are not remedies, but do help with support.

Now that we’ve finished the Gotta Want It series, I’m able to give proper rest to my elbow, and hope to be going full speed again before too long.

On a coincidental side note:

Another fellow TW player had experienced Plantar Fasciitis the same time I did. We both healed at about the same rate. This same person started suffering from Golfer’s Elbow about the same time I did as well. Coincidence? Is there a correlation between plantar faciitis and golfer’s elbow? I am forced to wonder.

Spencer, TW.

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