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    New from North Carolina

    Greetings!

    I have been riding in earnest for just over a year. Recently, however, I developed plantar fascitis in my feet from running and I am only allowed to bike for exercise. I enjoy it, and would like to get better. I haven't been too adventurous on my Trek, but I am trying to make time for more fun rides. I need some padded shorts -- too much riding has it's drawbacks if you are not equipped correctly. Ouch.

    38 years old, married father of 2.

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    Hello troutbreath, what model Trek have you got? Are you riding MTB or road? Padded shorts are good .

    Welcome to BF!

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    I have a 4300. It's an '06 model, I think.

    I have mostly been riding on the road, but occasionally venture off into the local parks. There is a 7-mile loop around a local lake which is a pretty easy trip for me when I need to get out of traffic.

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    Two rides this weekend, and I can officially agree with East Hill, padded shorts are good.

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    granny lover

    I have plantar fasciitis and it helps to get a wooden dowl to roll your feet on. The arch area. Also get some arch supports. It is important to stand up every now and then to protect the nerve you sit on. There are seats out there you can get that will help with this. There are also socks you can wear to bed that wiil keep the ligament stretched at night to help with the problem. Hope it helps.

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    I used to do an interesting exercise for PF--my toes on the edge of a stair riser, my heels in the air. I would lower my heels and stretch out my tendons, and then raise my heels so that they would be about two inches higher than my toes. Keep repeating until you wear yourself out! All I can say is that I no longer have PF, and I am very happy about that.

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    Senior Member troutbreath's Avatar
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    Thanks for the tips, folks. I have gotten some custom orthotics made -- my situation was pretty dire (PF, Heel Spurs, two micro-fractures in my left foot). I'll try those exercises, though. I'm always trying to keep that fascia stretched out during the day.

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    Is that Salem Lake you're talking about, trout? I always loved riding laps out there when I lived in Winston-Salem... there is some nice singletrack tucked away in there as well.

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