My question to the readers is this: Are there any readers who have either experienced Plantar Fasciitis and then found relief through riding? Or how many readers who ride are there who have Plantar Fasciitis?
Back in January I went skating with my kids and injured the bottom of my foot. Over the past few months it has steadily gotten worse. Finally I went to the Dr and was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis a very painful infamation of the Plantar Fasciia. I was given special orthodics, a boot to wear at night and instructions on how to tape my foot etc. Nothing brought me relief until I started riding after a thirty year hiatus. By the second week I began to notice that I was experiencing relief after having spent about an hour and a half riding two different horses. It was about at that time that it occured to me that posting would provide the kind of exercise and stretching needed to possibly help my poor sore foot. "heels down and posting" This was helpig to stretch my poor muscles etc in my foot and back of calves.
The pain returned again after spending to much time on my feet but once again I found relief in the saddle. I spent a lot of time on my feet these past few days and am looking forward to being able to go out to the stable again on Monday.
I did an online search and found a blog by an orthopedic surgeon who developed the same condition after her horse was injured and she stopped riding for a few weeks. The pain went away once she started riding again.