Michelle at Boulderneigh asked how on earth I could get plantar fasciitis. That's a fair question, and since someone else might be wondering the same thing, I thought I would answer it here.
I've been dealing with the heel pain for probably 5 or 6 months, thinking that it was going to go away, and walking less and less because it was huring more and more - so, clearly, it wasn't going away. I made an appointment about three weeks ago (took me that long to get in) and I finally got to the doctor yesterday. I walk alot, and I do have the right shoes and socks, but shoes wear out. I waited probably a little too long to get new ones and I was using an older pair to walk to and from work every day - not a good idea. Additionally, and probably most importantly, I wasn't stretching enough before and after working out.
My current favorite shoes are my Adidas Supernova. They are pretty hideous, but they are amazing on my feet. :-)
I'm going to be fine - for the next two weeks I have to take substantial amounts of Advil (the wonder drug of the 1980's), and stretch like a maniac. I also have to get liners for all my shoes except my Dansko Professionals (they already have great support). Just doing these things for one day has already made a huge difference in my pain level. I've already set the intention that these treatments are going to be the ticket for me because I'm not interested in the next level (which would include cortisone shots and night splints). And based on my progress just since yesterday (I could get up this morning and walk to the bathroom without heel agony), I know I'm going to be fine.
I just need to be more vigilant and take even better care of myself than I already do :-)