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What are some home remedies for Plantar Fasciitis?

I don't have medical insurance but I've had Plantar Fasciitis and foot spurs for almost 9 months. I've tried Dr. Scholl's inserts, sponges in my shoes, and leaning against walls. I have a job where I'm on my feet 6 days a week and 9 hours a day. Any suggestions?

this is what my poditrist suggested, take a 2 liter bottle fill with water ( not completely full ) freeze in upright positon when frozen roll your foot on it from toes to heel ( wear socks ) do this 2x's a day, upon waking up in the morning take a rolled up towel place just above heel gently pull toes toward your body also do this 2x's a day ( this stretches the plantar fascitis ) lol hope this helps  (+ info)

How long do cortisone shots last for plantar fasciitis?

I had 3 cortisone shots yesterday in my foot for plantar fasciitis and a few other problems (nerve and joint damage). How long do they usually last for?
I have an old injury of a broken foot & ankle that didn't heal properly. I developed arthritis, nerve damage, a dead joint and plantar fasciitis on the heel of my foot (on the bone).

From no results with lasting side efforts (worse scenario) to 3 days to two weeks is typical. In the long run you will be worse off for those shots- they don't fix anything and only very temporarily relieve pain often with lasting side effects like arthritis- just visit the manufactures web page and read up if you dare. The information is there by law.  (+ info)

What exercises should I do to stretch my plantar fascia in order to relieve pain from plantar fasciitis?

I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for the last 10 months and up to now I have not been able to relieve the pain on both heels. Any help is appreciated.

Ouch! I have suffered from plantar fasciitis, but not for 10 months! Plantar fasciitis exercises are very simple to perform. These basic exercises include illustrations:

Have you been diagnosed by a physician? Read about plantar fasciitis at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/plantar-fasciitis/DS00508.

I hope you get well!  (+ info)

what exercises to do while recovering from plantar fasciitis?

I have stopped running this past 6 months, due to plantar fasciitis, I did all this therapy and now it is getting better. But I am waiting a few more months so as to give my foot more time to get better. I just want to know what exercises can I do in the mean time, I am thinking cycling; swimming; tennis. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated a lot, I dont wanna get too fat. Thanks

Don't do tennis, you can bike, swim and other things that do not put pressure on your foot.
If you can get into a deep pool you can run in the water, so that you do not touch the bottom.  (+ info)

What are good exercises that won't take a toll on your feet if you plantar fasciitis?

I got plantar fasciitis and i'm trying to get in shape and lose weight and it's hard
*but it's hard* when you got this condition
I got a cortisone injection and orthotics which didn't work.

Biking, swimming, rowing would be places to start.

Are you under treatment for your issues? Most of the time a course of anti-inflammatories such as advil, motrin, aleve help a lot as do getting some really well fitting and supportive shoes. Truthfully, the shoes are the most important thing. Some people have to even go the supportive insoles route.

We used to be able to rely on the sales person to fit us when shopping for shoes. They knew how to measure the foot properly and had a basic education and experience in fitting people. However, that is now a lost art unless you go to a specialty store. There is more to fitting a shoe than having it fit on your foot. The arch needs to meet with your arch, the toe box needs to be wide enough and long enough for comfort. The heel needs to fit comfortably snug. The shoe needs to provide some cushioning but also some firmness. Too much cushioning creates an unstable platform for the body and you're more likely to develop ankle and knee issues also.  (+ info)

What kind of Birkenstocks for plantar fasciitis?

I have plantar fasciitis and see that Birkenstocks are recommended quite often. Are these just the sandals, or also the clogs?

They pretty much all have the same insoles, so I'd assume both.  (+ info)

Best cardio exercise equipment for someone with Plantar fasciitis?

I've gained about 20 pounds in the last year and have also developed plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I'm currently doing stretching exercises and wearing shoe inserts. I had planned to start walking but that's not an option right now. What is the best cardio exercise equipment for me that won't put unnecessary pressure on my foot?

Aqua Jogging, go to the local swimming pool and see if they run classes. Best of Luck  (+ info)

How can I lessen the debilitating effects of plantar fasciitis on my ability to work?

This question is for sufferers of plantar fasciitis. I've had it for years, and recently I quit my job because it got really bad (that job required a lot of walking & standing, & I had to take public transportation). Right now, it is a lot better, but there are still days when it gets really aggravated by physical activity. I want to get a new job soon, so I'd like to know if anyone else has been able to cope with discomfort & pain during work caused by this condition.

1) Should one look for a certain type of job, such as one that doesn't involve standing/walking for long periods?

2) Has anyone actually been able to get special accomodations or benefits from their employee when the plantar fasciitis is pretty limiting or debilitating?

I gather that PF does not qualify as a work disability unless someone has undergone unsuccessful surgery for it. Let me know if I'm wrong. (I'm not considering surgery, it has not gotten that bad & other treatments are still helping).

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a painful inflammation of the thick layer of stengthening tissue under the skin of the foot.
The longer you have to stand, especially on hard surfaces, the more the plantar fascia is stretched, and inflammed. (I know from experience - had a shift job that would sometimes keep me on my feet for more than 24 hours at a time).
You can help it by doing plantar stretching exercises regularly, and NSAIDs like motrin or naproxen can improve the inflammation, but if you're still standing long periods, it's going to be a problem to get rid of it for good. One of the most important things is to get some shoes with a good arch support and don't continue to wear them when the padding has given out.
As far as jobs go, if you're standing in one place, you can ask for (or get your doctor to request) a pad where you are standing, but getting disability with PF is going to be hard.  (+ info)

Can ankle injuries cause plantar fasciitis?

I have had numerous ankle injuries. One doctor speculated that in an attempt to protect my ankles I have caused my current problem of plantar fasciitis. Is there any relation?

adjusting your weight differently due to weak ankles can create different problems to your feet..did the doc give you a remedy for both?
If not get a new doc.  (+ info)

How do you know when Plantar Fasciitis is gone for good?

i used to have plantar fasciitis not no more, i am a basketball player grade 9
before after my basketball games i barely could walk and i had to walk all the way home.
but now after games i walk perfectly fine and i can dunk now.
also i been streching, icing my plantar fasciitis and doing excersises i just want to know if im cured for good ?
but when my plantar fasciitis was hurting at the time when i wake up in the mornings it wouldnt hurt

Hi, I am a physical therapist that frequently treats plantar fascia pain. Unfortunately, just because the pain is gone now does not mean that it cannot come back. Wearing good shoes is as important as doing the stretches and icing. Make sure the shoe you wear both during sports and when just running around give you good support.  (+ info)

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