January 24, 2008

Ultimate Arches

Wednesday January 23, 2008
12PM Pick-up game
Mitre Fields, Burlington, MA
Weather: 32 F, Sunny, Windy
Field: crunchy snow
Perfect conditions for Ultimate.

We had 9 turnout for yesterday's lunchtime game in Burlington. It was fun, as always, but I think I'm starting to redevelop some issues with my foot. Several months ago I had a battle with plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I recovered well from it, but over the last few games I've been starting to notice some discomfort in my arch that has translated to mild shin splint pain in that same foot/leg. I haven't had problems with shin splints for probably 10 years! I think the main issue once again is inadequate support for my high arches. It could also be that my everyday walking-around sneakers are significantly worn down.

So what's the remedy? An active recovery program of course! I ordered new sneakers as well as Superfeet replacement inserts to get my everyday situation squared away. I also ordered an extra pair of Superfeet for my cleats (although I've never tried replacement inserts in cleats, it's worth a shot as I have yet to find cleats with any useful arch support). Finally, I'm going to start doing regular foot and ankle strengthening exercises again. This worked well to get me through my plantar fasciitis problem and I'm beginning to realize that I should establish a regular schedule to do them all the time, injury or not.

Ultimate Statistics (since January 2008):
Total Games Played: 4
Total Hours Played: 6

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