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

I've had pain from the base of the heel on my right foot whilst standing and walking for a couple of weeks and I've just found out I've got Plantar Fasciitis. Any one else with any experience of this? The plantar fascia is a strong band of tissue (like a ligament) that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones.

It can be caused by a few things but mostly from being on your feet too much and/or wearing worn shoes or shoes with bad arch support and cushioning or wearing the same pair of shoes too much.

Mine has been caused by much of the above and probably from a lot of driving I've been doing over the last year. The accelerator pedal on my van is quite high meaning I've had to bend my ankle more than is good for me. (I've now adapted an old shoe by adding extra height to the heel with a block of wood!)

The pain is excruciating especially when you stand first thing in the morning or after being off your feet for a while and there is no real treatment apart from rest (which I can't afford), putting cushioned inner soles into your shoes (and cutting a hole in the heel at the point where the pain is) and certain excersizes. You can get steroid injections and even surgery but these seem to be a bit risky. It can take months or even a year or more for the pain to go.

So, just a heads up. Throw away shoes with badly worn soles and heels and don't buy shoes with bad arch support. There some good info about it on this link.

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Old 04.06.2010, 12:59
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Hi GG - what does it "feel" like?

I sometimes get a pain "inside" the sole around the arch area when I walk (more to the middle of the plantar fascia, looking at your figure). It feels like something is taught and about to snap as I take my step. If I take any pressure off my foot, then the relief is instant, i.e. it only happens when I am in full flow walking.

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Hi GG - what does it "feel" like?

I sometimes get a pain "inside" the sole around the arch area when I walk (more to the middle of the plantar fascia, looking at your figure). It feels like something is taught and about to snap as I take my step. If I take any pressure off my foot, then the relief is instant, i.e. it only happens when I am in full flow walking.

Thanks for sharing.
Imaging having an injection from a very big needle right on the tough bony part of the bottom of your heel. It's 10x worse than that! You only feel the pain when you put weight on it - you're tempted to walk on your toes but this can actually make the problem worse long term. Pain killers and cushioned soles are all you can do to control the pain and some foot excersizes to gradually heal (no pun intended) the problem.
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Old 04.06.2010, 13:08
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I got that 3-4 years ago and apparently was caused by my shoes. So after changing the shoes, the pain disappeared after 6 months. I remember in the morning it was like sticking a needle in your heel. I read that part of the ligament was calcified and that's what causes pain.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Ouch! I've not experienced this myself but I know someone who has and he said it is quite painful. My yoga teacher told me that there are some exercises that can be done which would help so that might be something for you to look into. Also, I think I read somewhere that "Fitflops" are good for people suffering from this and to help avoid it in the future. I think you can buy them in ZH too. Worth looking into.


http://www.fitflop.com/benefits/

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

Avoid flip-flops (thongs). I didn't even know what the condition was until I walked a bit too far in these.

As for arch support, there's some debate as to whether or not it makes matters worse. In theory, the design of the human foot works as-is and doesn't need "support" from anything. To provide support is to provide a crutch that eventually becomes a necessity.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I have a problem foot, although it's the Hallax joint, these guys are great and made a foot bed which is inter-changable

http://www.ortho-heusser.ch/

Not cheap but being able to walk, play golf ect without pain is worth it.

They have a computerised method of building the footbed, they were also very knowledgeable.

May help?
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Old 04.06.2010, 13:23
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I got it, it was very painful. Same for me, I spend a bit to long in some bad flip flop.
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I have a problem foot, although it's the Hallax joint, these guys are great and made a foot bed which is inter-changable

http://www.ortho-heusser.ch/

Not cheap but being able to walk, play golf ect without pain is worth it.

They have a computerised method of building the footbed, they were also very knowledgeable.

May help?
I've seen something similar from a local company, about 350 chufs I think, and if things don't improve in a few weeks I'll certainly make some time to go see them.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

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

I DO wish you'd change your Avatar.
I rushed out into the kitchen and poured Aromat onto my aching foot before I noticed that the word 'This' was a link.
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I rushed out into the kitchen and poured Aromat onto my aching foot before I noticed that the word 'This' was a link.
People have put some very strange things on their bodies to try to cure common maladies. Aromat looks tame by comparison.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I would suggest to use cataplasm of green argil, -as I did- it makes miracles.

But well, I know some people think it's stupidity.
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I've seen something similar from a local company, about 350 chufs I think, and if things don't improve in a few weeks I'll certainly make some time to go see them.
Yes they were around that mark, but comfy feet :-) Hope it get's better soon.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I had it from driving also or something like it. actually went to the emergency room for it as it hurt so bad and I believed something serious was wrong.

Now I got an automatic and cruisecontrol. and I only drive with my cats on so my foot does not bend. havent had it since
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I've seen something similar from a local company, about 350 chufs I think, and if things don't improve in a few weeks I'll certainly make some time to go see them.
This should make you happy: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10229276

I came across that study a while back when I was seriously considering shelling out the Fr. 350 for custom orthotics. I got over-the-counter inserts, did lots of exercises (still do) and rarely have problems anymore.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

Grumpy maybe Cortisone shots?
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I have some custom made insoles. I think they are better than buying off-the-shelf orthopedic insoles. Properly prescribed ones are made to exactly match the shape of your foot.

I also have a pair of MBT shoes. These have helped enormously.

MBT shoes

Neither option is particularly cheap but being able to walk comfortably for long periods is worth the cost.
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Re: Plantar Fasciitis. It's a right pain in the.... foot.

I feel your pain, too. I got it about 10 years ago from some ill-fitting shoes. It took months to go away - and then an evening in the wrong pair of shoes (Doc Martens boots of all things!) brought it back with a vengeance.

Brace yourself for it to never go away completely, to always being aware of it being a problem.

I found the following has helped me:

Stretching - get an old scarf, anything that's about that length and sit with your leg stretched out. Put the scarf around the ball of your foot and gently pull your foot towards you. Do this every morning before getting out of bed and every night before bed, along with any time during the day that you feel the pain.

Ice - a very cold can of your favorite beverage on the floor, roll the arch of your foot on it.

Supportive shoes - what worked for me was wearing Birkenstocks in the house at all times (absolutely never go barefoot, it allows the ligaments to wander all over, pulling them in funny directions again). Never get up from sitting or out of bed without putting them on.

Lace up shoes - Because you can control the amount of tension on the heel, lace up shoes work the best.

Massage also helps from the achilles tendon to the ball of the foot.

Exercise - stand on the balls of your feet on a stair and lift yourself up, stretching the muscles in your arch. Not too much, though!

Shoes with a slight heel (like on a men's dress shoe) are supposed to be good for it as well. For me, I found a really good pair of sneakers worked best, as they provided ankle support.

I still can't wear high heels (fortunately for you, that's not an issue ) and it does come back from time to time, but I'm able to nip it in the bud and it doesn't last more than a day or so now.
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Ice - a very cold can of your favorite beverage on the floor, roll the arch of your foot on it.
Worked for me every time (as a runner, it happens a lot when I didn't stretch well).....its a top tip
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