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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

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Oh Yes, I have plantars fasciatis as I write this. First of all, it's something  you can't mistaken for anthing else. It is painful and I've been seeing a podiatrist for about 3 months. It started about last October and I should have went a lot sooner than I did. 

First you need to ice it and stay off of it as much as you can, which I know is hard when you work and etc. Also stretches and Aleve or Advil to take the inflamation down. I was told to take tylenol with this and it helps relieve the pain quicker. I also get a cortisone shot about once a month, no sooner than a month apart. It is a long process to heal, but these are things you can do to relieve the pain. Also DO NOT go bare foot ever.. the minute you get up put a shoe or sandal on with support such as Vionics or Skechers or something to take the pressure off the heal. I have found a low wedge is also very helpful too. Good Luck!

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

@beautybrowsing,

 

                    Hello~,,,,,,,,,, and yes I have.

 

As you said 'out of the blue' and very painful.

Was taking those mild cortisone injections through my toes and mid foot which provided me to carefully walk and to have about two weeks of pain FREE ability to be normal.... until we or I could come up with other options.

 

Being a med. professional, I possibly may have broken down the arch of foot, so said the doctor. This is very common with flat footed people...as I understood. Also, I have always been a bare foot walk around the home girl.  I am not a any type OF shoe lover, but will invest in a beautiful fun shoe {"IF"} quality made.

 

 *One answer: "Birkenstock", "SAS", or "New Balance" - *was fitted by a professional {look for or call a one stop shoe store that has trained shoe specialist to measure your arch height}. Sells only shoes!

 

After 10 months of pain and multi- appt's with a foot specialist, the pain remained. Doctor suggested a special store that sold all 3.  

 I bought all THREE. 

The pain increased before purchasing the [said] mentioned shoes, and the problem was all [arch support].

 

 `That did it` within 2 weeks and _never had any problem_ after that. I will not wear anything else, other than an arch support house shoe or occasional soft shoe inside. 

 

I DO NOT, never had inserts or ortho slide- ins for any (other) shoes. I bought over 15 pairs+ of Birkenstocks when sold here.

 

I suppose the newer styles may be as good, I have no idea.

Hopefully this will help to have some relief. Good thoughts coming your way for HELP. Woman Happy   `NAES`

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

@Leeny

please see my post.

 

Thank you, hope this helps. 

NAES

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

It is very painful.  A friend recommended a boot that is made to sleep with that keeps your foot in a stretched position while you sleep,,  it worked in a few days !  I ordered it online .  It does take a little while to get used to but worked,immediately !  Good luck 🍀

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

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I've had it and two exercises that really helped me, both in stretching and strengthening are:

 

#1 - on the bottom step of a stairway - facing the stairs, position your toes on the edge of the step as close as you can get to the edge without falling off.  Use your toes to grab.  Slowly lower your heel down as far as you can while still holding on with your toes.  You'll feel the stretch. Raise your heel up and repeat a few times.  Do it with the other foot.  Repeat a few times a day.

#2 - lay a hand towel out on the floor.  Position your toes on one of the short ends.  Using your toes to grab the towel, stretch your toes out and grab grab the towel and pull it toward you.  Let go.  Grab the towel again and continue to repeat the process until you've made it down to the opposite end of the towel.  Repeat with the other foot.  Do this a couple of times a day.

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

Wow, sounds like it's quite a popular problem.  Thanks to all of you for all the advice.  I've been stretching since I first got it but it doesn't seem to help much.  Also have orthotic inserts which I wear religiously.  The pain is always there.  Worse in the AM then gets better, but hurting again after a day on my feet. 

 

Anyway, thanks again for all the suggestions. 

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

Yup.  I know I've talked about it here a million times but will try to remember - 

 

First of all, I just did research online and healed it myself.  It was some 12-13 years ago and it hasn't come back.  Hideously painful!

 

If you are overweight I did read that losing weight will help a lot.

No going barefoot!

Birkenstocks helped me immensely.

Do the gentle stretching exercises that are recommended.

Even stretch them before getting out of bed.

Try not to be on your feet as much, if you are on your feet all day.

 

 

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

Shoes with high, strong arches help. Dansko and Sanita shoes helped me. Also, I have bought the insert "green feet" for several pairs of shoes and that really helps, too. 

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.


@beautybrowsing wrote:

Wow, sounds like it's quite a popular problem.  Thanks to all of you for all the advice.  I've been stretching since I first got it but it doesn't seem to help much.  Also have orthotic inserts which I wear religiously.  The pain is always there.  Worse in the AM then gets better, but hurting again after a day on my feet. 

 

Anyway, thanks again for all the suggestions. 


@beautybrowsing

 

First of all ..... have you seen a Podiatrist?   If it's extreme, a couple cortisone shots could help.

 

When I first was afflicted, I had no idea what it was .... even though my sister had had it previously, and never mentioned it.   

 

I ended up doing a lot of things mentioned above ..... One  thing that really surprised me was that I had less pain in medium heel pumps than I did in flat shoes.    

 

If you haven't already done so, see a podiatrist

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Re: Off Topic. But has anyone had plantar fasciatis.

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A Shoe Ended My Plantar Fasciitis Pain!

 

I wore Enzo flats nearly daily to work for several years where I stood while teaching for a few hours each day, and one day, I experienced discomfort in my right heel. I tried heel cups and insoles for a few weeks without much relief. Suddenly, one day while at work, I experienced a shooting pain in my heel with each and every step. Immediately after work, I went directly to a shoe store that I was aware of that addressed orthotic shoes. When I explained my pain, the owner measured my foot (it was longer and narrower than the shoes I had been wearing) and fitted me with a pair of SAS walking shoes (Free Time).

She said that I had been wearing the wrong size, that my Enzo’s had absolutely no support for my feet, that I was experiencing plantar fasciitis, and that I needed to wear shoes that lace up that would support my feet. The moment that she had laced up the Free Time’s, and I stood up and took my first step in them, I had no pain!!!!! Absolutely no pain! I couldn’t believe it. I walked around the store for awhile and still had no pain. I had intended to go home immediately after visiting the shoe store, but instead, I bought and wore the Free Time’s and went shopping at the mall for approximately 4 hours! I subsequently bought 2 more pairs of Free Time in other colors as well as the SAS Trio sandal in 4 colors (recommended by the shoe store owner for its support), and after approximately 5 months of wearing only those shoes, I “graduated” to the SAS Softie loafer. This event occurred about 16 years ago and I have worn only these 3 styles of SAS shoes ever since. I cannot recommend them highly enough… they saved my feet and I have never had a moment's pain since! You can find SAS shoes at: sasshoes dot com and no, I don’t have stock in the company... LOL!