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Old 05-01-2012, 09:15 AM   #1
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Plantar Fasciitis

Hi my name is Laura and I'm a 47 year old nurse. I was diagnosed with PF last year and underwent 2 steroid injections, then spent a lot of money on custom orthotics . Applied Voltaren gel. Took Motrin. Nothing has worked.
Last time I lost weight on LC I was walking 3 miles daily. I am on LC since July 2011 - lost 39 lbs so far, but can't do any walking. I love taking my dog Allie to the park, but my foot is always so sore. Work of course makes it even worse.

Do any of you have any ideas ? If you have it too, what kind of shoes do you wear ?
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:00 AM   #2
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It is a real nuisance! I've got high arches. I'm lucky that I've been able to solve it with drugstore shoe inserts. I usually get the kind that go from the heel to the ball of the foot, sort of 3/4-length.
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I also have PF and I haven't found anything that helps it I have skew foot- which makes my feet very flat. It hurts and stings like heck to do any jumping, but I do it anyway because I feel so lazy. Swimming has always been the best exercise for now I'm too self conscious to waddle into the pool at the Y! I've been to podiatrists and to special shoe stores... no magic cures yet.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #4
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Thanks y'all ... man, I feel like I need to get better tennis shoes ( and put orthotics in them )... sure do want to start walking again.

Ugh....... anyone else have any ideas ???
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Hi Shelby'snana, I had posted this on the other thread but copyed it over here just in case it was helpful.
I have struggled with plantar fasciitis a few times years ago. I can tell you what I found out for me and maybe something might give you some ideas. I first got it when I started running and had it for almost a year. I had it treated by a physiotherapist who used ultra sound and massage. She recommended rolling with a golf ball to loosen up/lengthen the tight fascia. I had a lump on the bottom of my heel that was bad enough that they thought it was a bone spur but x-rays showed it was just caused by long term inflammation. Spend lots of $$$ on physio then got some free advice from a fellow runner that perhaps the fascia was pulling away from my heal and needed to heal back on. She said to wrap my ankle so my foot couldn't move when I slept, never step down on my foot unless it is supported by my running shoe (orthotic) even in the shower! Two days and I was completely cured. No pain or problems until about a year latter when it came back but this time it was caused by a very tight calf tendon pulling up on the heel. I had ART ( active release therapy)/ painful massage on the calves and I was better again. I suspect it is all related to a bit of hip instability but I don't think I will ever figure that out. I hope your plantar fasciitis gets better I know it can be really frustrating and painful.
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my sister got a lot of relief from rolling her feet on a frozen water bottle ( you can cover it with a teatowel or something )
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:09 PM   #7
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Yeah, I have actually bought the brace that keeps my foot stationary while I sleep, have my shoes with the orthotics right by the bed so I always have them ( haven't had them in the shower )
Tried the water bottle and got temporary relief, but did not last longer that a few hours..

Thanks for the tips !! I feel like I've tried so many things, can't believe it won't go away !
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What I found out was that I am hypothyroid. My feet are getting so much better since being on thyroid medication. And apparently I am not the only one.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:17 PM   #9
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I'm already on thyroid ! But that's interesting, I wonder what the connection is ??? Glad your feet are better !
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I found this:
Plantar Fasciitis and Thyroid Dysfunction
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That is a really interesting article.
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I've had problems with PF for over 20 years.....went for long periods of time without problems but the past 2 years have been terrible...add in a stress fracture in my left foot and Achilles tendon inflammation in that same foot and I'm a mess!

My therapist last year had me do stretches from standing on a step and dropping my heel down as far as I could....hold for 30 seconds....do it several times a day. I stopped doing them when I got the stress fracture and now it's back in my right foot again....need to get back to my stretches! It also helped to massage it...
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Old 05-01-2012, 06:45 PM   #13
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I feel your pain!
I had this years ago.
I started wearing a good pair of running shoes all the time. I did not get out of bed to go to the bathroom unless I slipped on my shoes first! I never walked without my shoes on. cleared in up in a week.
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orthotics, orthotics, orthotics!

I suggest Spenco, getting the ones with the green foam top over a rigid plastic arch support that goes about 2/3 of the way from the back of your foot.

when my PF was bad, I had to use these ALL the time I stood or walked, even going to the bathroom at night. the only time I stood without them was the shower!

the problem eventually resolved completely, even when I was at a higher weight, but I still use the insoles with a very firm rubber arch support when I am going to be walking a lot or if I start to get any foot pain.

I found they worked in almost any shoes that were big enough for them, though if your problem is bad you should probably wear something that holds the arch support in place no matter how you walk. that usually means something that laces up.
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:01 PM   #15
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Well, I went to "good Feet" and was fit for custom orthotics $400 !!!

And almost a year later wearing them 99.9 % of the time, I still hurt ;/
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I did the same thing at Good Feet. highway robbery. I ended up at a Foot Doctor and had custom orthotics made. they were expensive also, but they actually help!
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I have both custom and spenco orthotics....right now neither is helping...the thing that has helped recently (besides the stretches) is putting my feet in a dishpan of cold water with some ice added. Massaging the bottom of my feet also helps.
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I seriously didn't get any relief until I got my Thyroid meds.
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Old 05-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #19
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Thanks everyone ! I will try the cold water - !

Barb - was a good article ! I was already on thyroid (and still am) when this happened.

Ugh........ ;/
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Laura I had this flare up so bad in both feet but worse in the right~ from last August until just about 2 months ago. I tried so many things and spent a ton of $. I was so miserable standing at work and limping! I finally stumbled upon a product called the "2 oz miracle insert". I also had a nice big lump by my heel. Those insoles made more difference by far than the expensive ones!!! I finally was able to start walking a good amount again.

I got cocky and started going around barefoot on our wood floors a lot over the last few weeks and it is back right along with the lump being big again! No more barefoot for me!

I can't even tell you what a difference those " 2 0z miracle inserts made" for me. The ridiculous part after spending hundreds on inserts and shoes was that this product that finally worked is about $5! I replace them about every 8 weeks. I had recently gotten lax about replacing them along with being dumb about walking barefoot so much. I now have a new pair in all the shoes I wear.

The inserts are kind of like memory foam and after an hour of walking shape to your foot.

I also do the stair stretches mentioned a few posts above.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:47 AM   #21
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cool ! Where did you find them??
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Laura I bought them at Walmart . They are lavender btw! I've had great luck with them in everything from $140 running shoes to $20 tennies from Walmart.

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Crocs really help my feet! Going barefoot make mine worse too.
3/4 insoles helped when it was really bad, injections, massage.
At times I used a flexible ice pack, tied to my foot in bed!
I wear my favorite Croc sandals a lot!!!
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Old 05-06-2012, 01:57 PM   #24
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thanks guys !! I will try ANYTHING to get rid of this... I had heel surgery years ago on my right heel x2 for heel spurs and don't want to go through that again with left foot if possible...... I'm on my feet constantly at work ;/

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I'll look for those inserts next time I'm out! I have Crocs flip flops for in the house...they feel better than anything else.
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I bought a pair of memory foam slippers for around the house and put inserts in them also. I'll have to look for the croc flip flops for warmer weather. I'd rather go barefoot but can't!
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Michelle I bought some this morning ! Can't wait to try them ! ( will be kinda sick if they work better than the $400 ones I have, but hey, whatever works )
Thanks !

Oh yeah, I think wearing my crocs to work is what irritated the condition in the 1st place. I have a high arch and there was no support there.
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Ok maybe I dont want to try them then! I also have a high arch. I dont even want to add up what I spent on shoes, supports etc. It is disgusting but I was desperate!
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Michelle I bought some this morning ! Can't wait to try them ! ( will be kinda sick if they work better than the $400 ones I have, but hey, whatever works )
Thanks !

Oh yeah, I think wearing my crocs to work is what irritated the condition in the 1st place. I have a high arch and there was no support there.
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