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* When your body goes out more then you do.

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I do not know if this has been a topic before, but ....................
I am forty one years old. I have taken Disc Golf serious for little over a year. Back in the Orlando Open 2010, I had severe pain under my right heel when I finished. I was limping for about a week. Now I have noticed that when I play more then 18 holes of Disc Golf, I have the same recurring pain. Several of the guys at Debary suggested that I had "Heel Spur", and that it happens to many people due to Disc Golf. They stated taking an anti-imflammatory, rest and restrict my diet. After looking it up, they were right. But I do not know if it is "Heel Spur" or a bad reoccuring bruise.
I was wondering if there are any other people out there who have the same problem.
And I was also interested in your cures. Or is this something I have to live with or require surgery in the future.

The older one gets, the easier to shoot their age.

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Wait till you hit fifty. Then the pain just goes from one place to another. Looks like you are ready for medical marijuana.

Maybe talk with a doctor if it bothers you a lot.
I have had this happen to me as but not from disc golf. I take alot of anti-inflammatory do to a bad ankle that just will not heal right, this one is disc golf related. Maybe I should have not rolled my ankle twice in the same round and play through it. I also have some kind of crazy issue with my big toe on my plant foot, thing feels like it gets dislocated after a couple rounds. You might try extra padding on your heel, custom insoles from walmart and be cut however you feel. I would say one for the whole foot and the cut a section out for your heel. Or change your throwing style to where your planting on the toes and not the heel. Like you would do to throw a big hyzer spike, just switch to understable disc and hyzer flip them. This is what I did to protect the ankle, and found I throw much better this way.
Everyone gets old, it just happens at different times.

I think I started to get old at 46. Until then there was nothing I could point to, nothing I couldn't do that I did before. But at 46 I tore a muscle in my side just from throwing. It was in the middle of a round. I was fully warmed up. I didn't slip on the tee pad or break form. It just tore for no apparent reason.

When I turned 50, Jim Kenner told me that I had to fight to keep whatever I had. Unfortunately he appears to be correct.

This winter, out of the blue and for no apparent reason, I too have developed pain in my right heel. My trainer thinks I have something called Plantar Fasciitis. I am seeing a specialist next Monday. I have been doing some of the stretches and treatments (roll a golf ball back and forth under your heel at the points of pain) but they are not curing it so far. Of course I still play about 5 days a week. Walking in deep snow seems to worsen it. Jumping and sprinting exercises do too.

So Victor E. Smith, if you read up on plantar fasciitis you might find that this is what you have and some of the standard treatments might give you relief.
After doing some more research, I have concluded that I do not have a "HeeL Spur", I have experienced "Plantar fasciitis" like Mr Ellis had stated. Either way it will be a pain in my foot for a while and will effect my game. Here is what I found out.
Short version :
Plantar fasciitis (subcalcaneal pain). Doing too much running or jumping can inflame the tissue band (fascia) connecting the heel bone to the base of the toes. The pain is centered under your heel and may be mild at first but flares up when you take your first steps after resting overnight. You may need to do special exercises, take medication to reduce swelling and wear a heel pad in your shoe.

Long Version from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0004438/
Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This band of tissue is what creates the arch of the foot. When the fascia is overstretched or overused, it can become inflamed. When the fascia is inflamed, it can be painful and make walking more difficult.
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:
• Foot arch problems (both flat feet and high arches)
• Obesity
• Repetitive loading on the feet from long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces
• Sudden weight gain
• Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
• Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles
Plantar fasciitis typically affects active men ages 40 - 70.
This condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot.

Symptoms
The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel, which is usually worse in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull ache that improves with rest.
Signs and tests
Typical physical exam findings include:
• Mild swelling
• Redness
• Tenderness on the bottom of the heel
Treatment
Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.
Initial treatment usually consists of:
• Anti-inflammatory medications
• Heel stretching exercises, rolling a cold golf ball with the bottom of your foot in order to stretch the fasciitis
To relieve plantar fasciitis:
• Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10 - 15 minutes, more often in the first couple of days.
• Rest as much as possible for at least a week.
• Take acetamin for pain or ibuprofen for pain and inflammation.
• Try wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area, or an orthotic device.
• Use night splints to stretch the injured fascia and allow it to heal.
• Wear properly fitting shoes.


I hope that this will help anyone else out there that is experiencing the same difficulties that I am.
I have had this for years. What helps me is a series of cortisone shots. I get them around this time of year. It really helps and after a few weeks there is almost no pain.
I ended up buying a splint especially for Plantar Fasciitis last night prior to going home. I got it at CVS. It is a splint or brace that you place on your injured foot prior to going to sleep. I admit it was difficult for me to sleep with this on at night, But the extreme pain that I usually experience when I wake up in the morning had greatly diminished. Apparently when you have Plantar Fasciitis, you foot does not get stretched when you sleep and is the reason for the extreme pain in the morning. It cost me 35 bucks, but it was worth it to me.
you might want to walk the line,then throw.Take two steps back from end of pad then throw.No foot foul.Might seem awkward at first,but it will work.

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