“I started getting a pain on the bottom of my foot near the heal but I’m not sure if it’s actually Plantar Fasciitis. I’ve been doing a lot of trail running (at night)and my feet (and ankles) take some abuse. I’ve twisted them, banged them, over-flexed them, etc..My problem foot is weak, especially when I rotate inward or point my toes. Kicking a soccer ball would hurt, for instance. This pain would be more towards the top of my foot, right where it attaches to the leg. I can walk, even run with it with hardly any pain…until I twist my ankle or land on a rock on the bottom of my foot.
I don’t want to panic and think it’s PF, but I’m not sure what to do for treatment. Any ideas would be helpful.”
Steve, it seems like you are describing two different problems – on one hand, the pain under the foot near the heel sounds a lot like plantar fasciitis to me and then the pain on the top of the foot, like the pain you describe while kicking a ball sounds like it could be related to your ankle or the talo-crural joint or possibly an old high ankle sprain.
If it is your ankle joint, then you can have a qualified physical therapist perform a distraction manipulation of the ankle which would allow the Talus to re-seat and that in turn should resolve the pain on the top of your foot that occurs when you load the foot in to plantar flexion.
OK? Good luck!