Thanks for the input on the torture devices below. I knew I could count on my bloggity peeps to help me out. A golf ball kept showing up in the comments as a way to work out the foot muscle.
Sarge told me about the golf ball a long time ago when I first started suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. She swore up and down that this ball made her PF go away. I took her advice and used it for awhile but stopped because I felt it was doing more damage.
Since I am desperate to get this taken care of, I decided to give my golf ball one more chance. I pulled it out of my desk drawer and rolled my foot on it all.day.long. When I wasn't rolling, I was picking it up with my toes (also a suggestion from Sarge). The pain was killing me, but I kept up with it.
She came over to my desk when I was whimpering in pain only to discover that I was using the golf ball improperly (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER...SICKOS!). I was putting full pressure on my foot where it was sore and nailing the ball on that point. I using the ball as a form of a deep tissue massage. She immediately corrected me and told me to use gentle pressure and lightly roll the ball under my foot then stretch. What difference that technique was! By then, the damage was already done. My foot was swollen and sore from the constant rolling I was doing. *duh*.
Today I am going to use the frozen water bottle, do some calf stretches, and take some ibuprofen. I also saw at Tar-jay that they have a brace that is similar to those ever sexy socks but much cheaper. I am going to give it a shot.
Now that the cold weather is here my motivation to get outside is dwindling. I decided to get the Chubby Hubby on board with running. He asked me to help him with a workout program and I need the extra motivation. Together we are doing the Couch to 5K program. This is a 9 week program which is perfect because it takes us right to the end of the year.