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Simply Kind Tuesdays : Week 42 : Pain in my feet

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About a year ago, I started to get this terrible pain in my heels.  It came on suddenly, almost out of no where. I had been running stairs every Sunday so I assumed the pain was due to the stair running. I stopped running stairs and assumed the pain would go away.

It didn't.

Over the course of the last year, I have tried acupuncture, chiropractors, drugs, various new shoes (4) and inserts. Some things have eased the pain, but nothing has taken the pain away. In fact, most things made the pain worse.

After enduring countless flakey practitioners, spending lots of money on experts, I finally decided to let Google help me. Maybe there was an answer I hadn't thought of? Maybe I'd find a solution to my problem?

I found this video on WebMD (Healing Heel Pain). After more research, I found that this stretch is the ONLY proven effective treatment for plantar fasciitis and it's malicious friend, Achilles tendonitis.

In my efforts to be kind to people, I completely forgot about being kind to myself. I've lived with this heel pain for a YEAR and never looked it up on Google. I assumed that professionals would help me. Someone else would know exactly what to do for this pain. This wise person would save me from daily pain.

Being responsible for myself is kindness. Giving myself my own resources is a great kindness. When I am strong, and pain free, I am then able to help others.

That's the order of things : 1. Use resources for yourself, 2. Get strong, healthy, capable, 3. Give to others.

What is your order of things? Are you able to keep this order?