S.D. asks from Peoria, AZ on May 10, 2008
Anyone know the best way to get rid of this, it has been 9 months for me and getting worse ? I have had it before, but this is a stronger case of it. It is really starting to affect my ankles and legs.
And home remideies or suggestions......would be helpful. I am not ready to see a dr seriously yet. it could lead to orthodics or other costly stuff.
So What Happened?™
So I went to the doctor and he said that I could wait on the shots and just take
the ib-prophen for two weeks and ice it daily. He requested I get orthodics and that it will help for future problems. Thank you for all your effort in helping me with this issue as it seems like a lot of us do deal with this. It is not in a perfect state right now, but I go back in another week and see what is next.
C.B. answers from Albuquerque on May 12, 2008
I worked for a foot dr. and in order to really get rid of this you need to go in and see them. You are really not going to get rid of this by "home Remidies". Sorry
S.B. answers from Phoenix on May 11, 2008
My mother-in-law has this problem too. Her dr showed her stretches to do, and suggested she wear Birkenstocks. She also got the orthodics though. I know if can be costly, but if you can just get at least one pair of shoes that is comfortable and have good support, it will make a world of difference. You deserve to feel better...go see the dr.
D.A. answers from Sacramento on May 11, 2008
When I had it the doctor gave me a cortizone shot in the foot and it went away entirely. That was seven years ago.
L.H. answers from El Paso on May 12, 2008
Sorry to hear about your feet troubles. I have PF as well. You've gotten tons of great advice regarding exercises which I think are key to healing. And I definitely recommend breaking down and getting CUSTOM orthodics. Just check around because my Dr. did accept insurance and they paid 65%. I was out around $200. But it is well worth it because they do last a very long time if taken care of. The only new advice I can give you that no one else has mentioned would be to purchase Z-coil shoes. They aren't the most attractive shoe in the world but they are simply amazing. They are shoes designed to absorb 50%-90% of your weights impact on your joints and feet. The heel of the shoe is an industrial size steel coil. Just search them online and you'll get all of the info. on a store near you. I used to live in Gilbert, AZ and I purchased jogging shoes there. I was told by my DR. that I'd probably never be able to jog again without pain. When I combined my orthodics and my Z-coil shoes, I never had pain again and that was 4 years ago. One more thing, a lot has to do with your arches. I happen to have very high arches and a naturally tight tendon. So..as my arches started falling (everyone's does to some degree), my tendon was already being stretched beyond what was normal and then I started jogging again and that is when I discovered I had PF. So for me it is key to have a very firm yet comfortable arch support. Hope I didn't ramble too much and you find relief. Just take comfort in knowing there are a lot of us out here who are living through it with you. Ha. Take care and God bless your feet! L.
J.W. answers from Phoenix on May 11, 2008
I got it too with my pregnancy and it's been 10 months for me and gotten a little better. I did see a doctor and he wasn't able to help me tons since I am breastfeeding and he didn't want to give me cortisone shots or anti-inflammatory medicine. So, we did the other therapies that worked a little bit. I have surrendered (sadly) to having this for a least a little while and when I'm done breastfeeding I'll try again. I would see a doctor because they can give you the best diagnosis. Otherwise you could get inserts but you wouldn't really know what would be the best and might end up making it worse...Good luck, I hope it gets better for you!
L.N. answers from Phoenix on May 11, 2008
If it's starting to affect your ankles and legs too I would advise you to be aware of it affecting your other joints. This was EXACTLY how my issues with arthritis (possibly rheumatoid arthritis) started to happen. If it does start to affect other joints go see a rhematologist, they will do lots of blood work to see if anything serious is going on. Good Luck and sorry about the pain, I know how you feel!
T. answers from Phoenix on May 12, 2008
I am dealing with the same issue right now myself! I injured my foot when I was 9 months pregnant with my son who is now 8 months old. It hurts off and on and got really bad about two weeks ago (when I started wearing my flip flops a lot). I ended up going to see a specialist and he gave me a huge splint to wear at bedtime, which is so big and uncomfortable I cannot stand wearing it. My suggestion would be to make sure that you wear good shoes, running shoes or just a good pair with and arched sole, not flat shoes like flip flops- I believe that is how I re-injured my foot. Also try to avoid walking around bare foot. There are also some stretches that you can do several times a day that will help and assist in the healing of your foot.
I know that this can be very painful, so hang in there!
S.S. answers from Tucson on May 11, 2008
I've had the same thing. My solution was yoga. For my body, the stretching that I did with the yoga poses lengthened the ligaments in every part of my legs. I found that the cause, for me, was that I had very tight hip flexors and that tightness shortened my ligaments and the result was extreme Planter facitis. Give it a try, it couldn't hurt!
Good Luck, THe Mommie Mentor
T.N. answers from Phoenix on May 11, 2008
My mom had this really bad, and she let it get really out of control before doing something about it (we were poor and she didn't want the expense). It got to the point where she had to crawl to get out of bed in the morning because it was too painful to walk. So she finally went to the doctor and they recommended cortisone shots which REALLY hurt to receive and the effects of the shot faded away eventually, so she didn't want to do those again. She wanted a more permanent solution. She has tried every kind of shoe out there, with only mild results in reducing the symptoms. I think they even cut her tendon in her foot once, hoping that would alleviate the pain.
SO the point of this story is she finally went to Dr. Lewis Freed, a podiatrist in Mesa, and he prescribed orthotics which GREATLY reduced her foot pain. She finally felt functional again, and it has been several years and she still feels better. She wears her orthotics faithfully and is amazed that she can walk around the mall or fair without having to get a wheelchair now. She was also prescribed a special boot that she wore at night for awhile and that also helped reduce the inflammation and pain. My husband was complaining about his foot pain and after she had him describe it for her, my mom was emphatic that my husband go to the doctor to prevent his problem from ever getting as painful as hers did. It has really helped his pain, especially while playing sports. So maybe a little money is worth getting your health back and living pain free. My mom would say so. Here is Dr. Freed's phone number: ###-###-####
K.U. answers from Santa Fe on May 11, 2008
I had it REALLY bad several years ago too. I had to take many weeks off running. The only thing that helped it go away was to ice cup massage for 5-10 minutes, at least three times a day, for a week or more. It sounds like a lot of icing but it really did help speed the recovery. Ice cup massage is better than just strapping an ice-pack to your foot, because as you numb up you can dig in at the scar tissue.
I also tried to be done with orthotics for good because I am not sure that they are not part of the problem! (especially the ones that are only 2/3 the length of the foot) I have used other inserts like Superfeet and DownUnders, which run the whole length of the foot and are not so rigid/bulky. You can get them at a running shoe store.
Now to prevent reoccurance, I try to walk around at home in bare feet as much as possible, and swore off any casual shoes that are not flats (to strengthen my feet). It has been 3 years with no serious return! I run up to 80 miles per week at times, with recent half marathon times sub 1hr 18. I am able to do up to half my mileage on natural surfaces now too which might be helping.
I totally agree that regular deep tissue massage on you calves and feet will keep you running, you could also be tight all the way up your hamstrings and back too, which would contribute. So regular stretching of all of these areas is key too.
K.N. answers from Phoenix on May 10, 2008
I got the less expensive insoles from my Dr. ($30) and they really seemed to help. Plus icing my feet and stretching excersises...like putting your toes onto a step and letting your heel drop down slowly. I eventually did have to have cortisone injections, which hurt like you know what, but helped tremdously in the long run! I do have a wonderful podiatrist if you need a referral...let me know! Good luck...hope this helps!