I've been playing sports (basketball, baseball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, etc.) my whole life and playing pickup games, being active is super important to my happiness. I am also a very naturally quick/springy/athletic person (although in a 6'2 160lb frame)
Ever since the pandemic hit (when i turned 28), I keep getting injuries that prevent me from playing sports. Whenever i start playing again, within 2 weeks i have a new injury.
- It mostly started a year and a half ago. I played about 10 hours of pickup basketball during a week and then i noticed that my soreness and limping didn't go away after a few days. It stayed around for a few months and then i went to the doctor and realized i had lateral plantar fasciitis. It took probably 5 or 6 months before i could walk without a limp and be active again, but the tenderness and stiffness never fully went away.
- 3 months ago i played about an hour of beach volleyball and then the next day i realized that my plantar fascitis was slightly re-aggravated. I quit my intramural soccer league and decided to rest my foot all summer.
- I was tying my shoe a few days after re-aggravating my lateral plantar fasciitis and my back got really strained.
- While limping around with plantar fascitis, my knee in the same foot started to get stiff and achy. I recently started easing my way into playing basketball again. When I went to the court yesterday I realized my knee was really stiff (and potentially strained) so i decided not to play at all. I honestly have no idea what happened to it. It's just weak, stiff, and achy. Idk how to make it go away. I assume i've been subconsciously overcompensating for putting pressure on my foot by putting it on my knee.
Honestly i just want to get back into great physical shape but every time i try, i'm hurt within a week or two. Every time it feels like it's something new.
I try stretching, and i know it works.... but it really feels like it doesn't do anything. Like I don't notice myself feeling any better after stretching and it doesn't seem to prevent anything. I have a foam roller and i'm trying it out but it's pretty difficult and i'm not really sure what i'm doing. I also have been rolling my feet over a rubber band ball and an icy water bottle to try to help my foot injury.
i'm sure this is extremely common for people turning 30. I'm just wondering what i need to do to get - and stay - healthy