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W2/GA (Adirondack) SOTA Party 2018?


Hi All, Any update on whether this is still happening? Didn’t see anything recent in the iogroup.
John KN2X


KN3O just posted this to the groups.io site:

For those interested in participating, I regret to inform you all that I won’t be able to participate in my own event. I have developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot, which is very annoying. This is extremely annoying especially at my young age. Sadly, I cannot commit to a weekend of hiking at this point, until I have the situation under control with my doctor. If someone else already committed to the weekend (if anyone has) can take over the event I would be very appreciative. I will attempt to chase or S2S from a drive up in PA.


Oh dear! I sympathise so much with him @KN3O . That took me out of action for about 2 years.until I found Powerstep Original Full Length Orthotic Insoles which proved to be my only cure - they really did work. I still wear them today to avoid recurrence. My XYL has just been hit by the same ailment, so she has them in her shoes now. I hope for a speedy recovery.


I had plantar fasciitis in 2016, apparently caused by overextending the foot while climbing a hill, and the remedy found was twofold.

  1. Orthotic insoles made for my foot shape, by a specialist. These now go into any shoe I wear for longer than an hour.

  2. Relief from the pain was found through stretching of the lower side of the foot, which is where the injury apparently is. To stretch the right foot, sit on a chair, put left foot on the ground, lift right leg and rest the ankle over the left leg above the knee. Using the right hand pull the toe end of the right foot in the direction of the right knee as far as it will go comfortably, just on the edge of discomfort. Hold pressure for 10 sec and release. Repeat 10-20 times. Swap legs and do the corresponding stretch on the other foot. Repeating this twice a day and every day for a month kept it under control. I still repeat this stretch as a preventive measure.

This worked for me. I avoided surgery. “Your mileage may vary”.

And you know, the experts tell us to stretch all those leg and foot muscles before and after every walk of any distance. prevention is better than cure, so I do try to do that too.

73 Andrew VK1DA/VK2UH


Hey all,
Thanks Barry for updating everyone. My foot is giving me some major issues and I will not be able to participate in the Adirondack SOTA gathering. Hopefully everyone else can enjoy the weekend. I will try to find a drive-up in PA to gather some S2S that weekend instead.

Until then, thanks for all the suggestions on the foot. I’m working on getting it better, sounds like lots of stretches and some orthotic inserts for me.

Evan - KN3O


I am interested if the timing is right.
Let me know.
John Paul // AB4PP



Best of luck on the recovery. Had that condition from an old ankle injury, left ankle has already been to the repair shop twice. The Doc sawed my tendon (ligament?) halfway through so it could stretch, and not a bit of a problem (with that part) once recovery was over in a few weeks. No more planar problems at all in the 15 years since the repairs. Sounds bad, but was really worth the time laid up. But I’d still recommend following what your Doc says, as well as the hints posted by others above. Last resort is the cutting part, I’d already exhausted all the hints other folks had. Best of luck on recovery, and hope you can play in the summit activity that weekend.

Mike, N4VBV


I should have also mentioned another form of treatment that my wife recalls being quite effective for me. That is to treat it with ice, by rolling the foot over a bottle of frozen water for about 5 to 10 minutes twice a day. I kept a suitably shaped bottle of water in the freezer. To use it, I placed the bottle on the floor and rolled my foot over it, going back and forth. The cold apparently helps the injury to heal. It is not a light tentative action that’s needed, but a firm pressure onto the cold bottle.
Andrew VK1DA/VK2UH


Well, it sure looks like Plantar Fasciitis is more popular than an Adirondack SOTA party.