B.K. asks from Kaufman, TX on August 27, 2010
Foot Pain - Kaufman,TX
I have been having problems with foot pain over the last couple of months. It started with pain in the mornings. When I get up & start walking, I have a soreness in the arches of my feet. Now, when I sit for more than 30 minutes or so & get up, I have that same pain. I went out running this morning & when I got back, my arches were so aching & sore! Does anyone have any idea what this could be & how I might treat it? We don't have any insurance so it's not something I'd like to go to the doctor for if I can help it. Thanks in advance!
E.S. answers from Asheville on August 27, 2010
Yep, sounds like PF! Ive had it for about ten years. It got to the point that I felt like there were permanent blood blisters or bruises on my heels. My insurance covered orthotic insoles and I love them. Like another poster I can tell a big difference if I wear flip flops for a couple of days. There are a few things you can do to ease the pain without seeing a Dr.
1. Try not to sleep on your stomach or any position that puts your feet in a "pointed" position. If you cant sleep without being on your stomach, try putting a large, firm pillow under your ankles to keep the mattress from pushing them into the point position. This will help with the pain when you wake.
2. When you get up, put your toes and ball of the foot on the wall with your heel on the floor. Lean forward until it stretches your arch. You may have some trial and error. I had to find the right position because otherwise it only felt like my thigh was stretching.
3. stand on a tennis ball, lemon or other round thing with some "give". I love a raquetball.
4. Freezing a water bottle, almost full of water, also helps. Make sure you leave room for the water to expand and freeze before putting the lid on.
5. Sometimes you can find a "boot" or brace for sale at a local store, but they also sell helpful stuff in some footwear catologs. There are things that look like socks with straps to keep your toes from pointing while you are asleep (like a boot splint does). I would Google for appliances that help PF.
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C.H. answers from Dallas on August 27, 2010
I have high arches and had that each morning only (however I did start wearing better/roomier shoes).
The thing that did it for me 95% was found out by accident. I replaced the carpet in the master bath with marble tiles. They are always cooler than carpet. They were cold actually but instead of wanting to run over to the bath mat, I realized that the cold floor felt so good and within a short time, I don't feel it at all or just a few seconds until I've taken a few steps on that marble floor.
K.L. answers from Chicago on August 27, 2010
I had a similar problem last winter. I think it was plantar fasciatis (just from what I read about on the internet). There is a lot of good information out there about what to do. I put a water bottle in the freezer and rolled my foot over the frozen bottle a couple of times a day. I also did stretching with my toes on a stair and my heel pointed down, several times a day. I also couldn't run for about 2 1/2 or 3 months. I don't know if this will help you, but my foot is much better. I also got Dr. Scholl's plantar fasciatis insoles at Target. Good luck!
J.P. answers from Boise on August 27, 2010
There is a commercial here about planter faceitis (probably spelled wrong) and it sounds like that. I have been thinking of looking it up because I am having something similar. Google it, or look on webMD and see if it matches your symptoms.
Update - fasciitis
K.C. answers from Evansville on August 27, 2010
Yes, had/have the same thing. If you have high arches like me, then it is something that was bound to happen eventually. I went to the dr and got fitted for orthotics. It is a very thin piece of plastic that goes in my shoes. I can even wear them in some sandals. Works like magic, pain goes away. If I wear flip flops or go barefoot for a day or two without the orthotics, I can tell a big difference. Good luck.
J.B. answers from Atlanta on August 27, 2010
Yep, I agree with the post about Planar Fascitis. I've had it, and it's miserable but you will get over it with help! Go to no-impact workouts like swimming and bike riding and see an orthopedic doctor to get a "boot" to sleep in for awhile. That worked wonders for me!
B.C. answers from Norfolk on August 27, 2010
Plantar Fasciitis. It's a pain, but it's easily treated. Anything with good arch support will help. Last time I had it, I wore a pair of Birkenstocks every chance I got. I'd have them next to my bed to put on before I stood up.