Went to PT yesterday and found out I have a mild case of PF. I can still run and be active (it sounds remarkably a lot like what Peter wrote about in a blog post), which is great, but as I'm about to gear up in training/mileage I know I have to really work to keep things loose. My calves are insanely, remarkably, crazy tight, lol (esp. my right). My PT suggested using a tennis ball to roll and had me try it out but I could not for the life of me retain my balance. My lower legs are also on the skinny side, so there just isn't a lot of mass to center over it (sigh.) Or I'm a klutz!
Anyway, the foam roller doesn't release those trigger points for me, as I roll my entire lower half consistently. I can modify the tennis ball rolling but I'm afraid it's not enough pressure to do what I need. Is there another tool that I should look into? I mentioned the rumble roller but my PT didn't seem to think it was that different in efficacy from a traditional foam roller (I have a standard black dense one).
Relatedly, I run in 8mm drop shoes mostly, and before I found out I had PT I just bought a pair of PureFlow 3s. I love how they feel but am thinking now is not the time to start running in 4mm drop.... Thoughts?