If you will permit me, dear reader, I need to provide a little background before I present my review of the Feetures Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve.
I am an ultra distance runner. I decided on this sort of racing because I am not a very fast runner, but I don’t really mind that distinction because I can keep going for a good long time. I’ve been running for about 7 years now and I have never had an injury of any kind until recently. For the past three years, I have participated in the TATUR Midnight Madness 50 mile race in Tulsa, OK. This is one of my favorite races. The aid stations are well stocked and staffed by energetic, fun runners who love their sport. The race takes place around the 4th of July at Midnight on Saturday. The course is 5 loops of a riverfront park that has been recently developed so it is a great area to run.
This year while in the midst of training our house flooded and I decided to take on the job of putting in our new flooring myself so we could replace all of the carpet in our house, not just the affected areas, with the money we received from our insurance company. The catch, as it turns out though is that it ate into my training time pretty significantly for this 50 mile race.
Fast forward to race day. I was ready for the mental challenge of a long race (I was shooting for a 12 hour finish), but I knew that I was not as ready physically as I wanted to be. But if I kept putting one foot in front of the other, I knew I could get the job done. I had my nutrition nailed down so I wouldn’t bonk, I had a new pair of my favorite socks, and I was ready to go.
The problem with this strategy was that I had ramped up my mileage rather significantly in the weeks leading up to the race. More than I should have in fact, and I was about to pay the price. At mile 12 my left arch felt like it had been stabbed with an ice pick. I immediately stopped for a couple of minutes and walked a bit. I started running again after the pain subsided but immediately had to stop and walk some more (hobbling would be a more accurate description). I made it to the aid station at mile 14 and sat down for 30 minutes thinking this was just a little temporary niggle that would go away. I decided to keep plodding forward and took 3.5 hours to finish the next 6 miles. The entire time, I was repeating the following line from “Arrested Development” to myself over and over. (If you can’t see the video clip below, please refresh the page.)
In the end it turned out to be a case of plantar fasciitis, nothing too serious, but a significant annoyance because I caused it by overuse, and it has kept me from any serious running for over a month now. During that time I have been reading about plantar fasciitis and what I can do to treat it. I eventually decided that compression was the way to go. I didn’t want to wear a sock that to me, looks like an instrument of torture, and I definitely didn’t want to sleep in a splint. I have nothing against either of those treatment options as I received recommendations for both from multiple friends, I just didn’t want to go that route myself.
I already knew from experience the benefits of using compression for recovery, but I just didn’t think it would do the job to get rid of the pain from plantar fasciitis. I wore the Feetures Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve to sleep last night, and this morning for the first time since my race, had no pain when I took my first steps out of bed. I continued to wear the sleeve throughout the day, (after washing it) and can report that I had absolutely no pain at all today in my left foot because of plantar fasciitis! I am absolutely astounded by this result from a bit of compression.
Feetures sells their Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve as a single or a pair. I bought the single because I only have pain in one foot, but in retrospect I can see the benefit of having a sleeve for both feet even without pain. The amount of compression is a bit more than you would experience with a pair of compression socks, but it is not so much that you would be concerned about losing circulation in your toes. It is about as much pressure on your feet as a gentle foot rub, but for the entire day!
Because the sleeve is the length of an ankle sock and does not enclose your toes it slips on rather easily. I was concerned initially that my foot would be hot and sweaty by the end of the day, but Feetures made this sleeve very breathable and comfortable. Other than the compression, I didn’t notice that I had it on.
Granted, this is the first day I have used the sleeve so I will be back in a few weeks with a follow up review of the Feetures Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve, but for now, I can’t recommend it enough!
I bought my Feetures Platar Fasciitis Sleeve here for $24.99.
Do you have experience with plantar fasciitis? How do/did you get over it? Leave us a comment and let us know your experience with this treatment or any other.
Respect the Run!
Jonathan Keeth is a proud father of two and the husband to a beautiful and longsuffering wife who tolerates his obsession with running shoes and gear. Jonathan is the author of odyssey100.com where he blogs about his two great goals, training for his first 100 mile race and losing 100 lbs so he never has to register for a race in the hippo class again.