I've had a pair of Vibrams for quite awhile, but never expected my good friend and longtime sports doc to tell me they are responsible for my current (and quite severe) case of Plantar Fasciitis...
He tells me the increased musculature of my calves has contributed to the tightness in my achilles tendon and in my plantar fascia... and this is why I am currently waking up every morning in pain for the first 2-3 hours of the day. This would coincide with the symptoms, which started to occur about a week after a family theme park trip where we walked up to 14 miles a day... and I was in VFF's every day.
So after 1 1/2 months of self-treatment via stretching, icing, and massage... I have reluctantly filled my scripts for a topical anti-inflammatory, an oral anti-inflammatory, in addition have been instructed in some aggressive stretches, and a Strassberg SocK (which thusfar has proven useless as it stretches mid-foot but not ankle where my flexibility is lacking). I'm wondering how far I should take the treatment, as I am normally quite opposed to pretty much any "painkilling" drug, but am very close to making this exception.
At this time... I've yet to take the anti-inflammatory. It is apparently very aggressive (indomethicin (sp)) and a stomach irritant.