Let’s use this topic to discuss plantar fasciopathy, or, as it’s more commonly, if erroneously known, plantar fasciitis. This is a topic that I’m all too familiar with, having suffered with it in my right foot for 18 months starting in fall 2012, and in my left foot again starting in December 2018 (still going on).
I’ll update this post with additional links and resources as I find them, but feel free to ask questions or comment below and I’ll do my best to answer or ask friends who know more than I do.
To kick things off, the best overall resource I’ve found is this online book, which is chock full of helpful discussions, links to research, and explanations of what’s going on. It’s $19.95, but there’s a lot available to read for free. The same author, who I know slightly, has books on other conditions as well.
It’s a little out of date now, but before I found the book above, this 2013 Running Writings post was my go-to recommendation.
Oh, and the reason it’s not “plantar fasciitis” is because the -itis suffix means it’s an inflammatory condition, but research shows that’s not true (which is why anti-inflammatory treatments don’t work). Instead, it’s a degenerative condition generically called a tendinopathy that affects the plantar fascia. Hence plantar fasciopathy.