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What is the best way to help the pain for plantar fasciitis? ?

I have pain in the heel from plantar fasciitis. What are the best exercises and what kind of tape should I buy to tape my foot like the podiatrist does...Any other suggestions would be just fine. Thanks

I have the same thing in both heels but it no longer bothers me - well only once in a while and never even as close to how painful it used to be. My podiatrist recommended that I no longer wear any shoes that don't have a heel. I used to always wear sandals that had the heel actually a little lower than the rest of the foot (Berkenstock types) - a definite no no. Today I cannot even wear flat flip-flops or slippers or even just spending too much time in just stocking feet. Having a heel of at least 1/2 inch makes a huge difference. No surgery. No special insoles. And, best of all, no more pain. Good luck.  (+ info)

Heel pain: does it sound like a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

My left heel has been hurting me for several months now. It progressed very slowly from something annoying to something that is almost crippling. It is the worst in the morning when I get out of bed, I can hardly walk and almost fall down from the pain, but the more I walk the better it feels. Even during the day if I sit for 5 mins then walk the pain the back. The pain has gotten much worse and I am going to the doctor next week. Does this sound like a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fascitis comes 1st then you get a heel spur. I imagine you have fascitis. Before you get out of bed in the morning, do calf stretches for a couple minutes before you get out of bed. It will help.  (+ info)

Whats a great way to cure/help Plantar Fasciitis?

I have read everything I could and came to what I beleieve I have is Plantar Fasciitis. I have not seen a doctor because I have read a lot of little things to help out with it such as stretching, night splints ect. But I was just wondering if anyone else has this or know of anything that works great to get you going besides the stretching? I work at a sit in job all day so when I get up and go at work it hurt so bad I can't stand the thought of getting up again the rest of the day. I just need some advice. Thanks

Sadly, no.

The stretches and "whatnot" are by far and away the most effective "non-DR" way to effectively cure/manage palantar fasciitis. Quite a sad realisation at that, considering most patients never get over the initial pain the stretching causes and thereby, cease to stretch, just making their problem worse.

Your job isnt going to help you at all, and in all likely hood, you will need to see your Dr. if the pain contiues. In your question, you dont mention chronicity so i cant advise you on that. But, if its getting worse instead of better, stop being stubborn and go see a doctor. This is one of those "compounding worseness" type problems, as in, the worse you let it get, the worse it will continue to get.

And yes, i did just make that term up, but it should describe the situation adequately.

For non dr methods... a simple change to the proper footwear could be the most effective(stay away from heels!) and medicinally, over the counter "Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs" (NSAIDS) are your best bet. This is assuming you dont have erosive essophagitis, peptic ulcers, gastric bypass, or an allergy to them, or anything that falls within that general realm and applies to you. Note to self: Reading the back of the box helps lol. Motrin/ibuprofin(same thing) are the most common. I would reccomend taking 1000mg tylenol every 4hrs/16hrs(4x's) with 800mg motrin every 6hrs/18hrs(3x's daily.) Im not a doctor so dont quote me on those, but in my experience in the hosptial, thats the general rule of thumb and is QUITE effective at meteing out a medicinal can of whoop-ass to a plethora of general aches and pains as well. And yes, you can take both together without turning your liver and kidneys into prunes.

Note however if you do use this method... you MUST STILL DO THE STRETCHES IF IT MANAGES THE PAIN!!!! Pain management is to FACILITATE the streching, and allow the eventual discontinuance of the medication. In my opinon, this would be the best way to go about it if you have "white coat syndrome" or the "i dont need no freakin whack quack dr" mentality.

If this has been going on for awhile though, i would recommend seing a dr. He/she/it WILL recommend the streches, possibly get you referral to see a physical therapist, MAYBE the odd podiatrist depending on how jacked up your feet are, for specialized fit and footwear. Additionally, naprosyn(and all its variants) will generally be perscribed at this point as well. It falls into the same NSAID family as motrin but is much more potent. Just remember, with all NSAIDs, accumilation in the system is required for theraputic effect... ie you wont notice pain relief form an NSAID until the 3rd-4th dose generally.

Quite common to hear people complain about how NSAIDS dont work when they only poped the first dose... now you know why.

If the oral NSAIDs are ineffective... then you will probably get an injection of Kenalog(an actual steroid, glucocorticoid if you want to be specific) in the realm of about 40mg's. This is VERY effective in the management of this type of pain and lasts for as many days as milligrams, tending to make it the prefered choice among chronic sufferers of this condition. Works wonders on eczema too. This medication does have a myriad of side effects to potentially be aware of, but your dr can go over those with you. The most notable are generally strange dreams, nightmares, restless sleep, head ache, sterile abcess at the point of injection, and blanching(whtening) of the skin. Occasional mood swings as well. Most of these can be managed by simply being ALERT and "slowing your roll" if necessary lol.

The more concerning side effects tend to come with long term use of the roid, and so i will not go over them here.

As for what happens after this step, i couldnt tell you, as this is the furthest i have gone in managing/assisting in managing with my patients and RARELY have seen a repeat customer with agressive use of phys therapy and the injection should it be required. In fact, ive only had to give the injection 3 times because, as initially stated, the streches are the most effective method and once physical therapy gets ahold of my patients... I generally dont see them again till they get something else!

Hope that helps.  (+ info)

Is it plantar fasciitis or something else?

For the past two months or so, I've gotten bad aches along the arches of both my feet. I've tried stretches but they don't seem to have helped. Recently I've also gotten back into horse riding and the ache always increases when I ride my horse. Could it be plantar fasciitis or just a lack of stretching? Or is it a possibility that something else is causing the pain?

It could very well be heel spur as well. You should get an x-ray done even though they may not be able to identify the plantar fascitis, they can show the heel spur. Go see the doc, because it's been 2 months 2 long. Best wishes  (+ info)

What do/did you do to heal your Plantar Fasciitis?

I have been having a lot of foot pain for the last couple of months. I recently did some research on the internet and found that what I have been experiencing looks like a textbook case of plantar fasciitis. I need to know what the proper method of treatment is? What should I be doing / what should I "not" be doing? I just got a bike about a week ago or so, is it okay to ride? Any help on this subject is appreciated.

Been there and done that. Plantar Fasciitis is a real pain and at times can make it really difficult to even walk. I am a right leg amputee, so imagine having one foot and that one foot is in serious pain.

Fortunately you can treat it and the sooner the better. Some common things to do are to wear shoes that give good arch support. You can go to a store that specializes in foot care and see what type shoes they have available.

You can also get night splints to wear that keep your foot extended upward to keep your Achilles tendon stretched while you sleep. Some people do exercises to keep the tendons stretched too. You can find many options online and some are not too expensive.

For me, what i have found the best and most simple solution is using Thera-bands. I have a morning routine where I stretch my leg with a Thera-band and with time it has helped my Plantar Fasciitis quite a bit. It still flares up from time to time, but it's pretty controllable. Put your heel on ice when it's bad. That also helps bring the swelling down.

P.S. Aleve is also very good for keeping the swelling down. I take a couple in the mornings.

Good luck! Joy  (+ info)

What should I do for plantar fasciitis?

When I walk, I feel a pain on the bottom of my left foot, like a knife is stabbing into it. I went to a podiatrist about this two weeks ago, and he said I had plantar fasciitis. The pain comes and goes, but when it's bad, it's really painful, and putting any weight on it at ALL hurts like heck (like I said it feels like a knife is stabbing into my foot)! My question is, what should I do about it? I am wearing, per the podiatrist's instructions, supportive shoes (birkenstocks or good sneakers), but I still have pain sometimes.

My sister has it - had terrible pain and was unable to walk for days. She's much better now, goes for weeks without a flareup - thanks to a few simple exercises - mostly stretches. She actually started noticing the difference very quickly after starting them. The heel pads, arch lifts, and other stuff they sell were of no use, and some made her foot hurt worse. All the exercises recommended by various sites are the same, so you can do a quick search and find out what they are.

One trick she swears by - keep a frozen roll of cookie dough or freeze a soft bottle of water; when the foot starts to ache, take the roll, put in on the floor, and roll it with your foot. The cold of the object plus the massage should reduce the pain in minutes.

good luck - it doesn't get better quickly but it does get better  (+ info)

Is it possible to have plantar fasciitis without heel pain?

My feet hurt more in the middle of the plantar area. And sometimes it seems like the stretching recommended feels like it may be counterproductive instead of helpful. Any thoughts?

Stretching exercises are important, but they need to be combined with proper arch support. Actually, the most common cause of arch pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis involves inflammation of the Plantar Fascia - the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Someone with arch pain usually has inflammation of the tissues within the mid-foot.

Plantar Fasciitis is caused by over-stretching of the Plantar Fascia. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to inflammation, irritation, pain and swelling. Arch pain is more likely to happen when:

-- the feet roll inward too much (over-pronation)
-- walking, standing, or running for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces
-- excess weight
-- tight Achilles tendons and/or calf muscles

Medical studies on foot pain found that a combination of stretching exercises and wearing a standard, off-the-shelf orthotic shoe insert is the most effective way of dealing with arch pain. This treatment regime is also very effective for the treatment of heel pain.

For more information, please read link below.  (+ info)

Plantar Fasciitis in Young Adults and Teens?

I'm 15 and I've had plantar fasciitis for 8 months now, and by going to school, there is only so much walking I can cut back on. I've tried everything- Iontophoresis, Tennis balls, stretching, ice, taping, PT, and NOTHING helps at all! I'd really like to go back to running in the fall, but this awful injury holds me back.

Any suggestions or support?

Have you tried switching over to orthopedic shoes for additional cushioning and support. They work well in relieving pain caused by plantar fasciitis. If you go to http://www.drewshoe.com , they even sell athletic orthopedic shoes which will be great for when you want to go running.  (+ info)

How long does it take for a plantar fasciitis to heal if treated right?

Well im 14 years old and i have plantar on my left foot and i play basketball im really good i play on the junior team and im in grade 9 and i wanna recover fast to play with the senior team i have 2 weeks before or next tournament and i been resting for a about 6 days now
The treatsments i do for it is :
icing my foot with a frozen water bottle
i strech it
and i do calf raises

Don't be discouraged if it takes a few weeks to a few months. Most of the time the condition is self-limiting, meaning it doesn't last forever but will get better with a little time and attention. In some rare cases, it can take up to a full year or more for the problem to be resolved. Fortunately, age is on your side.  (+ info)

I would like to hear from people who have had foot surgery,especially for Plantar Fasciitis?

I am thinking about getting Endoscopic Plantar Fascial release surgery. Have had the condition for about a year. Still cant stand for long, or walk very far.

The problem with any surgery in the feet, is that it is tough to immoblize the foot afterwards, because we all walk on our feet. Therefore healing often gets compremized because we want to get mobile as soon as possible.

Bone spurs, "Policemans Heel", PF, are all difficult to treat. Some go with simple orthotics, others with steriod injection, others with surgery, others with massage, others with accupuncture.

I suggest before you have sugery, you exhaust other options, or at least have 2 or more opinions.  (+ info)

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