First, dear readers, many thanks for all of your suggestions. But my fencing induced case of Plantar fasciitis just won’t go away. I diligently stretched, tried alternative notions, got a cortisone shot and slept every night in night splints. My case was so intractable that I ended up in the hands of a sports doctor who has slapped me into a boot and crutches: one month for one foot and another month for the other in an attempt to avoid surgery. So far it seems to be working.
The downside of this is no building projects or gardening. The upside will be lots of blogging.
Overall I think I’m healthier for having lived an active life. Fencing has occasionally gifted me with a bruised rib, sore knees, and pulled muscles. But each injury is a lesson and, overall, I think I’ve come out stronger.