Several years ago (back in my road running days), I suffered from a bout of plantar fasciitis. It was mild at first, just some tenderness in my feet in the morning that subsided after a few painful steps. But it soon got worse, to the point that my feet hurt all the time and affected my running. The bottoms of my feet were extremely sore! I tried all the usual remedies, from stretching, to massage with a frozen water bottle, rolling my foot with a golf ball, foot exercises with a towel, and even sleeping in a fancy sock just for plantar fasciitis.
All of those treatments seemed to help, but after being on my feet all day, I was back to square one by the evening. All of my progress was undone, even though I wore supportive shoes during the day. I was going to need a trip to the doctor, or custom orthotics if I couldn’t get my feet to heal!
Athletic Taping for Plantar Support
Then I read an article online about taping your foot for plantar fasciitis. It made sense to me, the soft tissue needed support while it was healing. And sports tape is inexpensive, so I figured I would give it a shot before moving on to more drastic measures. This wasn’t any new magic, a google search of “taping for plantar fasciitis” came up with several results. I bought a pack of six rolls of Athletic Tape (the classic, white sports tape, nothing fancy), and committed to taping my feet until either my feet were better or I ran out of tape.
The basic taping technique is pretty simple. You tape a big “X” across the bottom of your foot. There are some variations, one where you run a vertical strip from the ball of the foot to the heel over the “X”, and another where you tape around the heel. But they all have the basic “X” shape support on the bottom of the foot, supporting the fascia. I taped my foot up with fresh tape every morning after my shower, and wore it for the whole day.
Within a few days I felt a lot of improvement! I couldn’t believe that such a simple technique was finally allowing my feet to heal. I continued with other remedies to stretch and strengthen the foot, but the taping is what allowed my feet to heal during the day. After a few weeks (it took four rolls of tape), my feet were pain free and healed.
Fast forward several years, and I have not had an episode of plantar fasciitis since. I get tender from time to time on the bottoms of my feet, especially after a long, technical trail run. I am careful about stretching and strengthening my feet, and taking care of them to prevent plantar fasciitis.
C3Fit Arch Support Compression Socks
C3Fit Gear recently contacted me to check out their compression gear and see if I would like to test some of their gear out. The company offers performance compression gear, saying the three C’s stand for “graduated Compression, body Conditioning and Comfort for the wearer. These three C’s improve body function and enhance fitness quality.”
C3Fit has a lot of nice compression products, but I was most impressed by their socks! Yes, I was excited over a pair of socks! The technology of their compression sock was the exact “X” of support that I had used with my sports tape. Their website even states “C3fit socks support the three arches of the sole through their taping effect.” Sign me up!
I chose to test out the Arch Support Short Sock. When the socks arrived, I was surprised at how light they are! Being in Florida, most of my runs are in hot, humid weather. The last thing I want is a heavy sock! The socks fit snug around the arch, but have plenty of room in the toe for movement.
Once I took them running, I did not notice I had them on. That is exactly what I want for a running sock! The socks are very comfortable and gave my feet enough support without feeling like a tight squeezing sock. They did not slip, move, or cause rubbing and blisters.
After my run, my feet felt great! Sometimes after a technical trail run, the bottoms of my feet are sore. I notice this much less wearing the C3Fit socks. These have become my favorite socks for my long runs on the trail. They offer a great lightweight fit and gentle support for my feet.
Take Care of Your Feet!
If you suffer from sore feet due to plantar fasciitis, take care of your feet! You may need to get it checked out by your doctor, but there are things you can do on your own to help keep your feet in tip top shape. I include stretching and strengthening, and the C3fit socks are another addition to my routine to keep my trail running feet happy.
Disclaimer: This post is about my own personal experience, and is not to be taken as medical advice. If you are suffering from plantar fasciits or other injuries, please consult your doctor! I was not paid to review this product, and all opinions are my own. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links.