The phrase, “I feel your pain,” can sometimes seem like an insincere platitude. But in the case this week of my poor husband, I have been empathizing like a, well, mother. Wincing and hobbling, Jack is experiencing a miserable recurrence of plantar fasciitis. I remember all too well that deep, sharp pain shooting up from my heel when stepping out of bed or standing after sitting for an hour or so. That shooting pain that reaches up from my foot and grips my calf after standing too long. And the buzz-crushing dejection when I thought about how long I might be sidelined.
In a nutshell: Plantar fasciitis sucks hard, and I feel dreadful that my man has it again—and I know it could just as easily be me. I’ve told him to make appointments ASAP with my “miracle worker” certified athletic trainer, Ali Novak, and my acupuncturist, Jennie King. And I had him slip on my beloved 110% Overdrive Compression Oversox + Ice Kit (good for him they are unisex—and he has string-bean calves like I do). This three-part kit includes incredibly high-quality compression socks, oversocks, and flat, flexible sheets of ice (well, they don’t become ice until you soak 'em and put them in the freezer for a few hours). The compression socks help relax overly tight calf muscles (a.k.a. “rubber-band balls” in most PF sufferers’ lower legs), while the oversleeve holds several pain-numbing ice sheets in place. The whole, brilliant get-up allows the wearer to put the kids to bed, fold laundry, and brush your teeth without missing a beat.
Anyone who has any type of calf or foot injury—Achilles tendonitis, sprained ankle, shin splints, foot pain, or plantar fasciitis—will be building a shrine to the 110% Overdrive Compression Oversox + Ice Kit once they feel the relief it provides. If you’re feeling some pain, or know you’re susceptible to foot and lower-leg injuries, you’ll want to win the pair of these beauties we’re giving away this week.
To enter to win, tell us who you’ve been empathizing with lately. Maybe you’re your running partner who is on the injured-reserve list with IT band issues; your sister whose preschooler is potty training; or your neighbor who is going through chemotherapy. The pain doesn’t have to be running related or able to be alleviated by wearing anything from the 110% line of compression + ice gear, just let us know, in the Comments section below, who you’ve been feeling for lately. (But please don't just hit, "reply," if you're reading this post on your phone. You've got to click on Comments ribbon under post on our site.)
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[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of the United States and Canada. It begins on 7/31/13 and ends on 8/6/13; the winner will be announced on 8/10/13. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $1o0. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.