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Today on the Blogger Network, we learn that Chrissie Crowther has sadly made the decision to pull out of the TGO Challenge due to a painful bout of Plantar Fasciitis

Chrissie Crowther is an experienced backpacker and hillwalker who blogs here. This year, she enrolled in the TGO Challenge and began her journey east across Scotland, only to find the pain increasing.

Plantar Fasciitis is very common and affects many walkers. Treatment varies from person to person; some find that orthotic insoles help, while others find symptoms diminishing after switching from boots to trail shoes, or vice versa. Unfortunately there is no one, universal treatment that works for everyone.

Sorry you’ve had to pull out of the Challenge, Chrissie.

Sports Physios don’t come cheap either. And my faith in mine has gone. I religiously do the exercises – nothing changes. I’m encouraged to keep on with anything I want to do, after all walking is physio in itself, but still nothing changes. I’ve even tried doing very little for a few weeks – nothing changes.

I discuss the Challenge with my physio. He’s definitely of the opinion I should still go for it.

‘It’s only pain,’ he says ‘it’s bound to ache, but your fascia isn’t suddenly going to fly off your foot or anything.  Do it, have fun!’

Read the full post here.