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Unread 05-17-2002, 09:41 PM
Pre-Op Preparation & Pre-Menopausal Relief through Pilates

I am interested in getting the tapes re: Pilates, have heard of it, HOWEVER. (Notice that's a big "however" ) will I be able to do this if I am having pain w/one of my feet? I have something called plantar faciitis (I think that's how it's spelled). Something to do w/the sheath on the bottom of the foot that's supposed to stretch naturally w/walking, etc. but in this case, it's AGONY!! Especially in the morning when my foot's had all night to tighten up again. Several strategies to help with this problem are: reducing the inflamation w/drugs (yuck), ditto w/a cortizone shot , plus doing exercises that will stretch that sheath. Usually exercises that will stretch the calf will also stretch the sheath in my foot.

I used to do tons of walking just for enjoyment and then later for weight reduction. I was so looking forward to my time after the so-called official 6 week recovery period as a time to begin exercising and trying to lose weight again--you know, a whole new me. And then this foot thing nabs me back in January and I'm really ticked!!!

You're right, Storm, maybe all of this ought to be on that other forum, but this is where we are right now, so I hope, hope someone can answer my question--am I going to be able to exercize with this stupid left foot!!!????
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Unread 05-17-2002, 09:59 PM
Pre-Op Preparation & Pre-Menopausal Relief through Pilates

JMHO but I would strongly suggest you post any exercise questions over on Hysteritaville. The women and hostess's there really do have alot of exercise and fitness expertise that they would be delighted to share. Sorry I can't ansswer your question.
Unread 05-17-2002, 09:59 PM
Hi Laura Jean

I'm no authority on your foot condition, but I do, myself, have a very painful problem in my right foot that no med has been able to diagnosis - it feels like a red hot poker to a specific spot - at any rate, this is what I can tell you about my experience with pilates in light of the problem.

Pilates does not put pressure on the feet - it is not high impact - like so many other conventional workouts. There is a specific arch-strengthening exercise I do on the reformer that has really helped. The painful foot has not gone away, but it has improved my ability to move/walk comfortably, and has allowed me to exercise where other means of exercise would be 'right out' (such as walking, running, aerobics, etc).

The first time you go to pilates the instructor should give you a solo-session to introduce you to the principles and to develop an exercise plan to meet your needs, goals and restrictions. Tell the instructor about the foot! Also - and I just failed to mention this before - but pilates also employs a good number of stretches in its method, stretches that work to improve flexibility and also to strengthen the muscle at its lengthened, leanest point, rather than at its bulked, shortened point - like weight training does. Its an interesting difference. Try it.

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Unread 05-17-2002, 10:28 PM
Hi SeeShelley

Yeah, you are right, but the whole thread just sort of grew....! !

Is there any way the whole thread could be moved to hysteritaville.....

sorry for the mis-posting....

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