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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

my mum had something similar - too many years wearing high heels - when she went for treatment she was 'prescribed' flat, supportive shoes, and exercises and it took a year for the pain to go away...but it was better than living with pain for the rest of her life (and she suffered way too long with it before doing seeing the doctor)...
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Old 05.06.2010, 11:45
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I used to have this problem back in my early working days as we'd be on our feet the whole time (not allowed to sit ) and I wore cheap shoes.

One of the things I've found to help is to make sure that your blankets are not weighing your feet down and you're not sleeping on your tummy... the more naturally your feet are able to rest, the less pain the next day. At a glance it may seem silly but using a "foot tent" to give your feet room does help some.




Of course, better shoes and more balance between time spent on feet vs sitting helps much more but in the meantime, taking the pressure off while sleeping does keep the pain down a bit.
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Grumpy maybe Cortisone shots?
I've read that just getting the injections can be more painful than the problem!

I've been doing a lot of exercises (including most of what Evilshell suggested) and have felt some relief, but yesterday I had to drive for 8 hours and I'm feeling it today! Thanks for all the suggestions, it's nice to know I'm not the only one and that it can eventually go away.
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Old 06.06.2010, 12:22
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I had something similar after my son was born and, after 2 years of limping in pain, I found out it was this

My Doctor sent me to a specialist, got x-rays and you could see the spur growing on the heel, crikey no wonder I had a sharp needle-like pain every time I walked. TBH, I can't believe I walked around with it for 2 years before I got help. The specialist made footsoles for my shoes with a cut out hole to relieve the pressure and reduce the spur, he also gave me a list of stretches and exercises to do, a promise to wear better shoes, tho' I still ware flip flops from time to time but never for long

I have never had a problem since.. touch wood, it never comes back.

Hope your foot get better soon GG, it is really awful to have any sort of heel/foot pain
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Old 06.06.2010, 14:36
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Funny you should mention this actually as I'm suffering from it right now too I've been doing a lot of aerobics and walking (both in crap shoes obviously!) to lose some weight and now am paying the price.

I've got a pair of gel filled insoles for running, which I wear in my regular shoes and this certainly eases the pain but it's still there - just means I can walk.

Stretching before getting out of bed in the morning helps.

Ice and rolling pin also good - I put a wine cooler onto a rolling pin and roll my foot over it - lovely!

I also got some of those trainers that are supposed to tone your leg and bum while you walk - I've no idea about that part but the cushioning and shape of the soles is very comfy for my poor foot.

I'm afraid I am a fashion victim when it comes to shoes - and right now the fashion (for girls!) is for either ballet pumps or serious high heels neither of which are good for your feet obviously (although I have to say the heels feel better than the ballet pumps at the moment). I can't ever imagine myself wearing sensible shoes - I have very little choice as it is as my feet are big and narrow.

I dunno, bit gutted about it all to be honest - I was losing so much weight and now the doc says I should do basically no exercise for at least 2 weeks and stay off my feet as much as poss - no chance of that with 2 kids under 5.

I feel your pain anyway (quite literally!)
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Old 07.06.2010, 10:38
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

had this too once , over a period of about three months. eventually got it sorted by having sports physio on calf muscles , it seemed to help within hours ,and i was back up running competitively the same week.

for those who arent sure ; it feels like your heel is on fire and makes you walk fairly crippled when you first start moving , but gets marginaly better as you proceed.

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Old 07.06.2010, 10:54
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I have very similar symptoms, it came after ignoring my flat feet. I am going tomorrow to a medical cobbler for fitting some insole inserts, I am getting them on my medical insurance (They cost about Fr 350,-- !!)

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Old 07.06.2010, 21:02
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

An orthotic insole (custom made to your feet by a podiatrist) can really help with this. It's a firm structured insole that naturally supports the arch of the foot and helps you to stand / walk / run in a stable position, which means the tension in your foot/achilles/ankle is reduced, which reduces the pain.

(This could be BS logic but it's what I was told, and it makes sense to me, so I'm passing it on)

Used to work in a running shop in the UK and we did get quite a lot of requests for gear related to this - so I could recommend a great pair of running shoes (so basically useless help in this case haha) but have no first hand experience to draw on related to reducing pain.

I think someone already recommended gel insoles - I'd agree with that if it's impact (e.g. walking or running) that's causing the pain - particularly good ones would be Sorbothane or Noene. However if it's just general pressure causing the pain (for example by standing for long periods, or having your foot in the same place when driving) then chances are a gel insole won't really help.

Hope this helps and hope it clears up...!
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I've had plantar fasciitis off and on for about 8 years (first in one foot and then in the other). I wear custom orthotics (insoles) whenever I exercise and other times as well. I've tried the boot type thingy at night (to keep your foot in a flexed position), icing, stretching, massaging, etc. I haven't tried the steroids because I was told that it is very rarely a permanent fix. In my case, good orthotics are a necessity; but in all honesty, the only thing that keeps me pain free is strengthening my foot and ankle muscles. I've tried all types of different exercises for this, the most effective being balancing type exercises (standing on one foot on an unstable surface works great for me). Hope this helps, plantar fasciitis sucks, but for the last couple of years I've managed to handle it fairly well while maintaining an active lifestyle.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I Am with evilshell, I suffered last year as a result of lots of "ballet pump" like shoes, absolutely no support for the foot, never visited a doctor, self diagnosed PF and started to wear birkenstocks all the time at home , improved within 6-8 weeks, not suffered since.

I still wear rubbish shoes, but have not suffered since using the Bstocks. Apparantl;y they put the foot into the correct position!!!
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Old 07.06.2010, 23:41
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An orthotic insole (custom made to your feet by a podiatrist) can really help with this. It's a firm structured insole that naturally supports the arch of the foot and helps you to stand / walk / run in a stable position, which means the tension in your foot/achilles/ankle is reduced, which reduces the pain.

(This could be BS logic but it's what I was told, and it makes sense to me, so I'm passing it on)

Used to work in a running shop in the UK and we did get quite a lot of requests for gear related to this - so I could recommend a great pair of running shoes (so basically useless help in this case haha) but have no first hand experience to draw on related to reducing pain.

I think someone already recommended gel insoles - I'd agree with that if it's impact (e.g. walking or running) that's causing the pain - particularly good ones would be Sorbothane or Noene. However if it's just general pressure causing the pain (for example by standing for long periods, or having your foot in the same place when driving) then chances are a gel insole won't really help.

Hope this helps and hope it clears up...!
I agree that the firm insoles are the best bet for serious foot conditions. They hold the foot in more of a correct position and remove the strain. Gel insoles don't provide that support. (Opinion based on my experience; Not medical knowledge)
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

My chiro was able to fix that problem with a few sessions over 2 weeks. Find one that has experience with treating runners. He basically used a metal ruler to scrape along the bottom of my foot and get the scar tissue to soften up that way plus some other standard procedures. Worked great.
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Old 08.06.2010, 23:48
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Just wanted to add that after about 3 weeks of pain and hobbling mine actually appears to be getting better.... [Frantic finger crossing and wood touching]. I have really been stretching the foot out a lot and doing lots of massage - especially good if you do it before you get out of bed in the morning. And actually I've found that walking round barefoot in the house all the time has helped too. So, hang in there - there is hope that it'll get better.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I'm a musculoskeltal physio in Basel.
Plantar Fasciitis (PF) can be a long, chronic painful condition.

X-rays wont help with the diagnosis, they will only diagnose 'bony spurs,' which are asymptomatic, according to research and ortho-pods.
They should only x-ray if the history is unclear or may suggest a bony injury (a # or OA)
The treatment from Doc's after diag a bony spur would usually be a foot orthotic,,,,,,,,,funnily enough, the very same ones for the treatment of a soft tissue PF!!

Given time, they usually do resolve as they are mainly self-limiting.
However to speed things up, there are things that you can do.

Some of which have already been posted. If you want more just PM me.

Orthotics will help, even just plain 'off-the-shelf' insoles (if chosen correctly), but they need to be transfered to all shoes. So that EVERY time your foot hits the floor, it should be on the orthotic. It is only a temporary measure, for no more than 9 months but they do help.

If in doubt. Go see a physio. If they are worth their salt, they should see you about x2-3 to show you what to do and then leave you to crack on with it.
If they want you to back again and again,,,,,,choose someone else!

I've only just moved here, so I can't tell you if there are any gurus out there, or alternatively, if there is anyone to avoid!!
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

In the 4 weeks since I started this thread I've been doing all the suggested excersizes, bought gel heel pads for my shoes and taken anti inflammatory drugs and it really didn't get much better. Some days were ok, some mornings I could hardly stand. It got particularly worse while driving and after walking on uneven ground, and living/working on a farm that is every day.

I've just come out of the doctors surgery after finally deciding on a cortisone jab. I left it as a last resort as I read that it doesn't always work, is often very painful and in extreme cases could even make it worse. The jab was very painful but the pain has gone instantly. It may come back and if so I'll need another in 2 weeks but right now I feel like going on a seriously long hike!

So just a reminder, throw out those worn and badly fitting shoes, it's a real painful condition that can stop you doing or enjoying every day things, such as just walking (as folks that have seen me at my market stall will testify)
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In the 4 weeks since I started this thread I've been doing all the suggested excersizes, bought gel heel pads for my shoes and taken anti inflammatory drugs and it really didn't get much better. Some days were ok, some mornings I could hardly stand. It got particularly worse while driving and after walking on uneven ground, and living/working on a farm that is every day.

I've just come out of the doctors surgery after finally deciding on a cortisone jab. I left it as a last resort as I read that it doesn't always work, is often very painful and in extreme cases could even make it worse. The jab was very painful but the pain has gone instantly. It may come back and if so I'll need another in 2 weeks but right now I feel like going on a seriously long hike!

So just a reminder, throw out those worn and badly fitting shoes, it's a real painful condition that can stop you doing or enjoying every day things, such as just walking (as folks that have seen me at my market stall will testify)
Do you have cruise control on your van/car? Seems like that should help.
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Do you have cruise control on your van/car? Seems like that should help.
In the car yes, but not in the van which is what I drive most of the time. I'm hoping that it won't be an issue now though.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Grumpy, try the night splint. Hubby had horrible PF and the doc recommended the night boot. Worked like a champ.

The one in the link is 60 USD on Amazon.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Thank you all but especially Grumpygrapefruit...
I've been dealing with this and doing what most of you have recommended but so relieved to hear from others with the same. Mine was caused by walking a lot on hard surfaces, changing footwear in the spring, no arch support etc. Really -thanks!!!
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

i didn't have time to read the whole thread but here's my experience with PF:

got it after starting to run after a long period of inactivity. i was a bit overweight and therefore there was more stress on my feet. made the mistake of starting up running with an old pair of shoes, which had lost their spring in the sole. i got PF in both feet.

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cortisone injections - mid term relief but not permanent. always had to go back after a couple weeks.

surgery - had an operation on one foot but a month later the pain was back.

i gave up on doctors after that...
  • stretching - lean forward against a wall and stretch out your achilles tendon. do this first thing when you get up in the morning (important!)
  • icing and ibuprofen work ok for temporary relief. a bag of frozen peas or brussel sprouts work well. or simply submerge them in a cold bath.
  • do not lie with your heels touching a hard surface. put them on a pillow or better, put a pillow under your calves so your feet dont touch. also be conscious of how you rest your heels when you drive. get comfy driving shoes.
  • get custom orthopedic footsoles. i had some made by my podiatrist and they cost $300 but these actually work just as well. Try: Yoursole. buy a pair and try them. everyone fits a little different. if they fit well for you, then buy a pair for every pair of shoes you wear. it's a pain to always swap one set around, plus they make different type: thin ones for dress shoes, thick ones for trainers, custom ones for running, and for ski boots.

after a few years or so of just doing these things my problem went away permanently. YMMV.

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