Shin Splints to Plantar Fasciitis, why, from avid Ultimate Frisbee player

by Peter

Joshua, I love your site and am icing as I write to you in a big trashcan of ice water!

I have many questions but will not ask them all at once.


"I iced away my shin splints (I am avid 2x / wk Ultimate Frisbee player) but now I have planter fasciitis?

I am icing that now and may need your DVD but am curious why you think it suddenly translated down from shins to feet?"


Joshua Answers:

Hey Peter.

Rock on on the Trashcan Icing! Awesome. I'd love a picture of that!

Why did it translate down? Good question?

Here's some options each standing alone and not in order.

1. Foot/feet were already hurting, and in an attempt to protect you, the body made certain compensations to movement/stabilization/muscles firing that made you get the shin splints symptoms.

2. Due to the changes that happened with shin splints coming and going, the feet are now doing something different that has them hurting.

3. There has been a planter fasciitis dynamic coming on for a long time, and it's just coincidental that it's now starting to hurt.

4. You got new shoes, or run differently, jumped off some stairs or some such, and that made muscles in the foot sore,
which set off a Pain Causing Dynamic.

5. Maybe you have some Tendonitis in the foot, maybe -just- the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis without any wear and tear damage but just the effects of Process of Inflammation

As you can see, there are a variety of options, and variables.

Often times it's a mystery, and, we can gather clues and come to the best conclusions.

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Jan 27, 2015
Ultimate Frisbee player with wrist fracture and ongoing pain
by: Elisa L.


My husband has had pain in his right hand for about 5 years. He was a long time ultimate frisbee player (not sure that has anything to do with it). About 7 years ago he fractured his right wrist. After that he started having a dull ache in his right hand. At first it was only with certain movements like shaking hands.

He went to two hand specialists and the second one was certain he had a too long ulna and recommended ulna shortening surgery. He had the surgery and it was supposedly successful but it did nothing for the pain in his hand. The pain got worse.

After several MRIs, blood tests that ruled out autoimmune issues, consultations with 3 more orthopedic surgeons and 2 rheumatologists, everyone was stumped.

The back of my husband's right hand is clearly swollen near the wrist at the base of the tendon to the ring finger. He has had physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture and ultrasound therapy. He has had two cortisone shots.

He has had a course of prednisone. He has been in a cast twice. He has iced to no avail. His pain has gotten significantly worse in the past 6 months and he is unable to sleep. The doctor says he has never seen this in 30 years of practice and has no idea why there is inflammation and pain that is unresponsive to steroids.

We saw another doctor (a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor) and he was convinced it was chronic tendinitis of the digital extensor. He recommended a splint (one that didn't allow the fingers to move.. the past casts did allow the fingers to move). This splint has not helped however (have tried it for about a month).

Everyone seems to agree that it is not carpal tunnel syndrome. There is no tingling or numbness.

Have you ever heard of anything like this? Any ideas? Anyone you can refer us to in the Bay Area? We are desperate!

Thank you.


Elisa L.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Elisa.

I put this comment here to group it with 'ultimate frisbee player', not so much for the plantar fasciitis. :)

Yes, I've heard of this kind of behavior. No, I'm not surprised (nor am I worried) that doctors have no answers for this.

1. Really? Ulna shortening surgery? Wow, and, ouch.

2. Is that the same doctor that can't imagine why he'd still have pain? If so, I urge you to avoid that doctor.

3. Just because a ton of doctors can't explain why he's hurting or why he still hurts, take heart; that doesn't necessarily mean it's an incredible mystery.

4. So, he was fine and then broke/fractured his wrist? And then progressively got worse?

There's definitely some things you can do at home, on the cheap. Do those and let's see what happens.

(Please don't do another surgery until you try these basics.)

5. Wrist splints and braces don't work.

Rest doesn't work.

Corticosteroid Injections can (sometimes, depending) but mostly don't work.

6. Things have certainly been complicated by the trauma/damage to the bone from the surgery. So that may or may not add to the complexity of the recovery.

Still, let's deal with what there is to deal with.

7. What is his Vitamin D level? If you don't know, find out asap.

8. HOw did he ice? With ice packs?

9. How old is he?

10. I don't have anybody in the bay area to suggest. And, most if not all of this you can do at home (and it's better you do it at home as it needs daily self care for best results).

11. Admittedly I'm biased, but I suggest that you get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook program. It saves me a lot of typing, and it's all there right in front of you. It's going to cover the bulk of what you need to do. And will then set you up to ask 'better' questions.

12. How can a generic wrist tendonitis program help your unique specific needs?

Because it covers the basics of how the body operates, and how it operates in pain, and how to reverse those operations to decrease pain, etc.

So while you have a unique to you scenario, every tendonitis and fracture and bone injury scenario consists of the same physical factors. It's just how the body operates.

Why the doctors don't know that, boggles my mind.

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