I was hesitant in going to a chiropractor. Were they real doctors? (sorry Rob and Dr. Sullivan) (Read this: 10 Chiropractic myths and truths). But after talking with other friends who had the similar syptoms and had gone to an orthopedist and suffered through painful cortisone shots, and were told not to run, I wasn't willing to go through that type of pain and be unable to run. I searched the internet for chirproactors in my area. Dr. Sullivan's web site came up, and to my luck he was certified in both the Graston technique.
At my appointment I took the running and work shoes that I normally wear. He actually took the time to listen to me, examined my running shoes, and was surprised that I was running with inserts. He examined my feet and could feel the scar tissue that has been built up. Plantar faciitis is a build up of scar tissue that occurs when the tendons are overstretched from overuse. The granston technique takes a metal rod and is scraped over the feet to break down the scar tissue. It wasn't painful per se, just weird at first, having my feet scraped. The process took about five minutes and he suggested that I continue running. I saw him twice a week for two months and after each visit, the pain lessened and running became enjoyable again.
Running is a joy again, I can walk after a run, I stretch before and after a run, and when I plant my feet on the floor after I wake, I'm pain free!!