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  1. #1
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    Default Plantar Fasciitis--anyone successfully beat it?

    Ugh. I had this in vet school. Running around on concrete a million hours a day did me in. But it was mild, and when I went out into the real world it went away eventually without me doing anything special.

    One weekend clomping around Asheville in cheap sandals this summer and I've had it BAD in the left heel ever since. I had to stop running (I had been about 12-15 mi/week and trying to increase for a 10K) because while I would "warm" out of it mid-run, I would be crippled for days afterward.

    I now am the proud owner of a night splint, heel cups, do stretches 3 times a day, yadda yadda. I've been going at this thing hard core for almost 3 months and it is not really any better...

    Please tell me that eventually I will get my healthy foot back. I'm SO thankful it does not impact riding...
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    All I can say is that I feel your pain.
    Thus do we growl that our big toes have,
    at this moment, been thrown up from below!



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    Yeah, actually. I was almost crippled before I figured out what was going on. I got Birkenstocks and lived in them or Birkenstock supports. I put a thread on here, and someone posted the most ridiculous advice--stretch.

    It worked. Seriously. Just take 30 seconds every time you get up and feel the tightness and stretch. Even laying in bed, pointing my toes up and stretching that out helps. Here and there it gets tight again, and I just stretch it out.



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    Oh, PonyFixer, I feel your pain. At least I did for over a year while I suffered with Plantar Fasciitis. I was in riding boots or Tretorns all the time taking care of my horses, and I think driving the car irritated it, too. You never think about how many steps you take in a day until every one is agony.

    I was fortunate to find an amazing Podiatrist in Kennebunk, Maine, who had been an army doctor and treated thousands of foot problems in his military career. He put me on a prescription anti-inflammatory and I got custom fit orthotics which were a huge help. I had two rounds of cortizone shots and it has not come back since the second shot, so please know there can be light at the end of the tunnel.

    My doctor told me that riding was actually good because the tendons are gently stretched when your foot is in the stirrup iron. But, wow, those first steps when getting out of bed in the morning on a hardwood floor...ouch.

    Good luck. I hope you will have a swift and permanent recovery.



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    Like BTDT said, stretch!

    I had it for a few months and finally solved it by standing on a stair and dropping my heels down to stretch everything out. Probably not the proper way but I used to do that all the time as a kid when I was trying to practice keeping my heels down for my riding lessons and it was the only way I could get a deep enough stretch to really relieve things. Also you can get a tennis ball and roll it under your arch while your on the couch at night or if you are working at a computer etc. Feel better soon!
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    I had it for about a year about 4 years ago. I think I got it from running in shoes with too little arch support but it is hard to say exactly. I have heel spurs too. I am allergic to NSAIDs and dreaded the idea of cortisone shots in my foot so I was motivated to try other things.

    I wore an ankle brace at night, kept a water bottle in the freezer and rolled my foot over it a lot, but the thing that did the most for it was these. I do tons of yoga and I started wearing them for that but they made my feet feel so great now I wear them around the house like slippers. Also I keep a pair of these in my bedside table and I wear them for 10 or 15 minutes if the bottom of my feet feel tight.

    I am back to running 3-4 miles a day without any flair-ups.
    It is like I never had it
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    Two bad cases. First time did physical therapy, exercises, stretches, etc. Reslved in about eight weeks

    Second time tried the nite splint, stretching, etc. Cut to the chase and got the cortisone shot. Poof gone.....


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    DH has suffered terribly from it but he has been wearing inserts from the Good Feet store in all his boots/shoes and it hasn't flared up
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    I second Birkinstocks! I HATE the looks of those things and I found a sale on the most horrible color BUT I would change into those when I got home and wear them around and they helped so much!! Also, before you stand up stretch your foot out. Tennis balls work great, but any kind of stretching works. Also if you can use a cool pack or something that can really help. Mine (knock on wood) hasn't flared up in years.


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    Ugh. I feel marginally better. My orthopod is also my friend--he does not want to inject it for some reason. He said to stretch stretch stretch. I do the against the wall calf stretches maybe thrice daily, do the over the knee toe bend-back stretches prob. twice daily, and do a few down dogs morning and night (if it's not a yoga day).

    It feels great if I tape it, but as soon as the tape comes off, YOWZA again.

    I'm not a patient person. I am a terrible injured person.

    But thanks all for the encouragement. Seems like it could take a full year to be done with this...blech!
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    Crocs fixeded mine. They are still my go to shoes for tired feet.



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    Just try stretching a little bit all of the time instead of intense focused ones. That's what seemed to help me. Like, EVERY time I stand up, I stretch a bit before trying to walk.



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    Will do. Stretching right now.
    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.



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    BTDT is totally right. Stretch, then stretch more.

    PF is debilitating and honestly, riding seemed to make mine worse. Stretching my calves and hamstrings out finally made it go away.


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    Had it bad a few years ago. Went to a running store specialist in Portland ME that totally DID NOT have a clue about what they were doing. They were the go to store for running, had the contraption that measures your feet in 3D. But it was really a sham, or at least the salesperson that day didn't have a clue. Paid for very expensive sneakers that were sized wrong, over large, and did nothing. Then they gave me a horrible time about returning them.

    But my MD told me it was absolute that I had significant heel support the entire way around the heel. Had a pair of Beans casual boots that did have good heel support. They worked so well ended up buying 4 pair in different colors when they sadly discontinued the original style and went on sale. Wore those, or just plain good quality sneakers for a couple of months until it disappeared. Similar boots are still sold at Beans, but not made the same. Last time I tried them on the heels were flatter with less support.

    Whatever I could walk in comfortably I stayed with. Inserts, etc. didn't do anything much for me either - no point trying to wear regular shoes with the inserts. The MD was insistent any shoes support the heel the entire way around, and she was right.

    Good luck! It is not fun.
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    I really feel your pain! I had it for years in both feet. God, did that hurt! I use to get my feet injected every six months, take NSAIDS, had shock wave treatment,custom orthotics, you name it. I finally resorted to keeping my feet taped and bought a pair of fantastic heel seats with a bar across the middle of it.

    http://www.heel-that-pain.com/heel_s...FYje4AodsXAA_Q

    Finally, finally something worked! I have been wearing these for a couple of years now and knock on wood- no plantar fasciitis. I even bought a pair for my husband because he had it as well. Poof! Within three weeks his was gone. We both stretched morning and night. I put a golfball into the freezer and would stand on that and roll it around the bottom of my feet. That wasn't very pleasant either but it did seem to help.

    I hope you find some relief because it feels like your foot is on fire!!!!


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    There was a thread on this several months ago and a doctor chimed in with some really interesting info. on the condition. As I recall, there is no panacea, and what works for some people may not do a darn thing for anyone else. If you do a search I'm sure you can find the thread.



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    I also had it in vet school, and to a lesser degree as an intern. What worked for me was Birkenstocks when I could wear them, and Pinnacle Maxx orthotics in all my other shoes and boots. I rarely have pain now, but still use the orthotics and I never, ever go barefoot around the house. I tried the night splints and they drove me insane. I have iced my heels, too, when it was really bad.



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    I did what Canadian Bacon did, plus got a big fat cortisone shot in the bottom of my foot, right into the offending area. Took a long time, but it finally went away for good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pony Fixer View Post
    It feels great if I tape it, but as soon as the tape comes off, YOWZA again.
    I was without health insurance when diagnosed w/PF. Many hundreds of dollars later, I was still in great pain and in the middle of a divorce as a newly single mom. No extra nickels and dimes laying about for the custom orthotics. I taped my feet EVERY day and probably used hundreds of $ of athletic tape over the course of self prescribed tx. I started wearing my Danskos all the time as the foot bed was the most supportive. It probably took 10 months before the pain subsided measurably. 4 months or so after that I quit taping. That was in 2003-2004...have been VERY fortunate to not have any relapses. Best of luck to you...PF sucks!!



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