Winning The Battle Against Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Chatting my friend Tony yesterday the subject of conversation turned to feet _ he’d been reading my recent TGO piece. He asked how my heel pain (Plantar Fasciitis) was at the moment. Well, the good news is that this is has not really been a problem for twelve months now. A lot of experimenting and following tips given by readers here seems to have made a big difference. Tony suggested writing about it.

So, here we go. These are some of the things that I’ve done which seem to help!

Edited 31 Jan 17

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A Day in Arctic Cold Warmed by Liberal Values

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I’ve written a lot about my love of the changing seasons here in the UK. Mind you I could just as much talk about changing days rather than seasons. Yesterday I was back on the same hill as I was about a week ago. Then the weather was mild and benign. Yesterday’s walk was a day slog through freezing fog all set against a cutting, icy, wind

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The Sprit of John Muir v. The Donald

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Although this is a hiking and trekking blog  the political world does make its appearance from time time. Today though is a first — the first time that Trump has appeared in these pages.

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Calling Routebuddy Users

Paging anyone who uses Routebuddy on a desktop machine — Windows or Mac OSX.

I am currently producing some video tutorials on using Routebuddy and am keen to test them with some beta test volunteers.

If you would like to help, please send an email just indicating whether you are a Windows or OSX user. Emails to:

rbeta@andyhowell.info

TGO Preparation 2017: Looking After Your Feet

For the latest instalment in my TGO Challenge guide for first timers, I am going to have a look at caring for your feet. Looking after your feet is pretty important — so don’t skimp here.

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TGO Preparation 2017: Lightweight Footwear/Trail Shoes

In this latest instalment of articles aimed at first time TGO challengers I take a look at the thorny question of footwear, including the use of lightweight trail shoes.

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The PHD Sleep System

For some years now I have been utilising my down gear as a ‘sleep system’. UK manufacturers PHD have now produced their own complete system. This is not cheap but install might appeal to new TGO challengers who have yet to compete their kit (and who have a decent credit card limit).

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Paying the True Cost of Access?

For the last few days I have been following an online debate about the pros and cons of charging for access to the Snowdon munition in North Wales. This idea has come from members of the Farmer’s Union of Wales. predictably,t he idea has been rubbished by many outdoors enthusiasts but there are some very real issues for us to consider here.

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Quiet Hills But Not Alone

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Access: The Public Transport Dimension

Yesterday I finally felt well enough to venture out onto the hills. The winter lurgy (I suspect a Doctor would have told me it was bronchitis) has effectively had me grounded for a whole month! I decided not to push it too far and so just headed on out to Church Stretton and the Long Mynd, which is where I go when I don’t really have a plan.

At Church Stretton station I alighted the train to be approached by a local resident undertaking a survey about the local train service. This small line connects Crewe and Cardiff and the franchise is held by Arriva. Was I aware that the franchise is shortly up for renewal? the The local community are worried about a diminution of service. We had an interesting a illuminating conversation.

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