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Name: Pamela
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Time: 1999-07-24 00:37:16
Comments: Successful Healing--Hi all, I realized today as I slipped into my Birks that I haven't been to this site since way back when. And I wanted to update everyone on my success of completely ridding my foot of PF.

I had suffered with PF for about 1-1/2 years. Same typical experience of others--painful mornings, soreness throughout the day, pain when first standing, etc. I found this website last summer and read the various messages on Birks. I have always thought they were extremely ugly even though I live in the Northwest where they are part of the culture. Anyway, I was so miserable that I broke down and bought a pair of Arizonas. Because I needed dress shoes as well I bought the Birkenstock inserts and I was able to wear my regular low heeled dress shoes. From then on I've only worn the Birks, or the inserts (primarily the inserts). I will occasionally wear a pair of shoes without the inserst but very seldom. If I can't fit the insert into the shoe isn't worth it.

It's been a year since I bought the Birks. I am happy to report now that I do not have any PF symptoms whatsoever.I wish I could tell you exactly when the pain completely left--but it just happened without me really realizing it. To me it is very much a miracle since I felt I was doomed for the rest of my life.

Some tips: If you decide to venture into the world of Birks consider the inserts, be sure to get the right width, and gradually introduce your feet to them. If you try too many hours at first you will be absolutely miserable. I also found on a message here regarding not propping my feet while relaxing but keeping them on the floor. I found this helpful as well--something about the arch of your foot staying in the correct position.

Anyway that's my story. If I had a magic healing wand I'd wave it over all of you--but instead I'll wave my ugly Birk.


Name: Sandi Williams
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Time: 1999-07-23 06:37:44
Comments: went to DR with extreme foot pain. x-rays found plantar ... I have tried massage theropy, shock treatment. pain is so intense on a daily working bases I want to break down into tears. I hobble around by the end of the working day, stooped to try to compensate for the pain. it is getting noticiably worse each day. There were times that a two day break was relief but after 8 months two days does not help. I have to get out of bed gradually and slowly begin walking. Sandi


Name: Bobette
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Time: 1999-07-18 21:14:54
Comments: I am so happy to have found this website! I was just recently diagnosed with PF and I am shocked that it is so debilitating. I have tried the anti-inflamitory oral medication, but had to stop due to stomach cramps. I have only been to my family doctor so far, but I'm looking for a reputable podiatrist in my area. I've only heard who NOT to go to. I am doing stretching exercises, purchased insoles for my DMX Reeboks, purchased a pair of Naot clogs to wear around the house, staying off my feet as much as possible, elevating and icing. I can't say that I've seen any improvement, but I'm hoping that it will come when I get treatment from a specialist. Thanks to all who have taken time to share your experiences and hopefully we can all rid ourselves of this syndrome by our sharing.


Name: Laura Simon
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Time: 1999-07-17 16:17:38
Comments: Been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis for almost a year. I have a bone spur also. I have had physical therapy for a few weeks. My doctor wanted to give me a cortizone (sp?) shot which I refused. I am using the herb arnica, streching and sending for Footsmart arch brace. I have been very active. I am now biking to stay off foot some. I want to be able to walk and run as much as possible without pain. I am open to input.


Name: Mollie
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Time: 1999-07-17 14:18:14
Comments: My question is, how long does a person wait before considering surgery?? It seems it varies tremendously for each individual case. Also, is it worth everyone's while to get a second and possible third opinion when each physician seems to have different treatments and suggestions? I really don't want to have a bunch of doctor's confusing me when I am so depressed already. Heel spurs and plantar fasciitus is really frustrating and it alters your lifestyle. Any comments will be much appreciated. Thanks so much.


Name: Marlynn
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Time: 1999-07-16 14:34:42
Comments: While playing tennis many years ago I had to stop because of the intense pain in my left heel. This was the start of my story. That was about 17 years ago. I did have a cortesone injection and it definitely helped. The pain went away pretty quickly. I may have been one of the lucky few because I did get relief, until the injection wore off. That's when the pain returned. I went back to the orthopedist and he recommended surgery.

I then went for a second opionion to a top orthopedic surgeon at a hospital in NYC. He told me definitely not to have surgery, and they no longer performed it at his hospital, Columbia Presbyterian, because the scar tissue, in many cases causes more pain than the original problem. His suggestions were as follows: stay off my feet (ha, ha) use crutches (ha, ha), ice for the inflammation. I also decided that I needed to elevate my foot to walk so that the pressure was off my heel, and started wearing 2" high heels daily. I did use ice as well. Eventually the pain went a


Name: SHARI MILLER
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Time: 1999-07-14 16:02:12
Comments: HI, IM NOT SURE IF I HAVE HEALSPURS OR WHAT IT IS, BUT I HAD A CRAMP IN MY FOOT ONE NIGHT, AND THE NEXT MORNNG I WOKE UP WITH INTENSE PAIN, DEEP DOWN, AND BURNING IN MY LEFT FOOT, NEVER HAD A PROBLEM LIKE THIS BEFORE. I CAN HARLDY STAND TO PUT MY FOOT DOWN, IT S LIKE I NEED TO WALK ON MY TIPTOES. IT SEEMS TO BE GETTING WORSE, AND I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO..


Name: Alvin salegumba
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Time: 1999-07-12 02:44:17
Comments: Dear fellow P.F. sufferer,finally after 3 E.S.W.T treatment I can gladly say it WORKED!!!After the last treatment and a lot of footrest and stretching exercises,my left foot is almost back to normal.Pain of from scale of 10 it is down to about 2outof10,this is after I have been on my feet doing 13-14hrs shift.The most important thing is the pain disappear the next day.Morning pain is almost gone.So with daily stretches and resting of foot(elevation)as much as you can the prognosis is outstanding.Forget surgery and cortisones shots,istead try exercise,rest and E.S.W.T.


Name: marie walls
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Time: 1999-07-11 20:02:43
Comments: i read the articles and unerstand i have heel spurs. i was just curious on the treatment of it without going thru surgery. but i tried all that you had written and i guess surgery is an option. i do alot of walking that is my job as a retail merchandiser and alot of standing on my feet. i wear the right shoes but the pain doesn't stop. so i was looking for help.


Name: Michele Dishong
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Time: 1999-07-07 23:27:16
Comments: I am a college instructor who has been struggling with this ailment for well over a year, following a ballroom dancing accident. I finally told my podiatriast I wanted aggressive treatment, upon which he prescribed night splints, which help with that "first-step" pain in the morning; a vigorous stretching regimen, which seems to help; icing three times a day, which seems to help; anti-inflammatories (Motrin), which eat up my stomach, so I have stopped; and cortisone shots. I wish I had found this web site and had done other research before I got the cortisone shots, which definitely made my feet worse. I got them two weeks ago and still have pain where he gave them and throughout the heel where the medicine was administered. I could hardly walk for 3 days after the shots because of the bruising. Am waiting for custom orthotics to be made and hope they help. Thanks for this website! It has helped me realize I am not alone. Good luck to all of you! One of my students, a fellow sufferer, has told me the best medicine is time and rest.I think he is right.


Name: elizabeth
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Time: 1999-07-05 07:18:57
Comments: I have had PF for over a year. Doctor said running shoes only. The superfeet insert hurt worse. Once I got warmed up in the day it was better. Couldn't stomach the naprosin. I started to take an anti-oxidant called pycnogenol. Co-incidentally my foot is much better. Found out that pycnogenol is an anti-inflammatory and supports tendon and joint health. I hope this keeps working for me.


Name: Susan Zawyrucha
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Time: 1999-07-04 16:42:51
Comments: Scott, this web page is fantastic! Thank you very much for all the work. It's on my list of favorite places. The information is very helpful. I have learned so much here. I read about a book called PAIN FREE on this site. I have been doing the E-cizes mentioned in the section on foot and ankle pain for three days. The improvement I feel in the morining is great. I had no pain this morning even in my bare feet! Anyone with plantar fasciitis should check out this book. I don't have the author's name or the publisher at the moment, but it's worth looking for it on this site to find the info.


Name: mattie
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Time: 1999-06-24 23:08:52
Comments: Im a 26 yr old female with PF. I have been suffering with intese pain for over 2 yrs. Im in the Army and the Drs have just recently relized that I have PF. I under went surgery last Dec and I am still having major problems. I have been through the shots, pyhsical therepy, untrasound medication and nothing helped. They have now discovered that I am be suffering from nerve entrapmet. So now, im scheduled for surgery the first week in Aug. Ill let you all know if it works.


Name: C in CA
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Time: 1999-06-24 15:36:19
Comments: I've had pain from PF for about 6 months now. At first it was a burning sensation, as if I'd walked on hot coals. Now this past month the pain is incredible. I'm a secretary and transcribe dictation using a foot pedal. The onset of this most recent pain is perhaps due to improper "foot posture". I've just started this job (3 months ago) and I noticed that the desk and chair are too low. I've asked for a foot rest so the foot pedal can rest on it and my foot would perhaps be at the proper angle. The stumper to this is that I have this pain in both feet, but most definitely more in the foot I work the pedal with. I'm overweight and I am attributing all this to it also. I'm looking to lose 30 lbs. so maybe that will help. Are there fit people out there with this problem?


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Time: 1999-06-19 03:13:00
Comments: Im a a plantar fascail sufferer. Im in the army and have been suffering with this pain for 2 1/2 years. I had surgery in December to release the plantar. Well, apperently, with the high speed Doctors we have, my nerves have been entrapped causing worse pain than before. So, I am now scheduled for surgery, AGAIN, in August. Im not sure if I feel confident with my Doctor b/c this, "Nerve Entrapment", is something that I can not find info on. If there is someone out there that can shed some light on this topic, I would appreciate it a great deal. Thanx,Mattie


Name: Denise
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Time: 1999-06-17 04:49:12
Comments: I have been diagnosed today with P.F I have it in my left foot and I am in severe pain. I had my first cortisone injection today, the doctor also placed an arch support in my shoes...has anyone had any luck with this type of treatment? Thanks in advance for responding.


Name: tricia
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Time: 1999-06-16 05:37:36
Comments: It's about six months that I have been diagnosed with P.F I have it in both feet and I am in severe pain. I've had cortisone injections, orthotics,physcial therapy, and presently my left foot is in a cast.It dosent't seem to be dong any thing! I am comptemplating surgery. Has anybody out there had any success with casting or with surg.recently? Please respond if possible.


Name: Alvin Salegumba
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Time: 1999-06-10 08:07:57
Comments: dear fellow P.F. sufferers I have been diagnosed with this condition for about 4 mos. now at first I had a series of cortisone injections to my left heel which I might add is very painfull which relieved the pain for a short time.Now my doctor wants me to try a new treatment called E.S.W.T.short for shock wave therapy,next week so I will keep you all posted for the results good or bad.


Name: Debbie Martin
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Time: 1999-06-07 04:09:48
Comments: Please help. I tried Birks and found them too hard. The garden clogs were OK but hot and sweaty. Had PF for 3 mon and find it hard to function as a mom of 3 kids. HELP


Name: Laurie in Indiana
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Time: 1999-05-31 02:38:48
Comments: Glad to have found this site! After having carpal tunnel surgery last year(It's a miracle cure) now I have PF! I groom dogs, on my feet most of the day and about 75lbs chronically overweight....but nice see some of your comments on how to help contol my stabbing pain. I've had to practically give up walking for exercise much to my Standard Poodle's disappointment! I will try more stretching and ibuprofen and Birkenstocks...hang in there everyone...you are definitely NOT alone!


Name: Mary D.
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Time: 1999-05-29 03:39:21
Comments: I have been suffering from significant heel spurs, Plantar fasciata and meta-tarsal syndrome for over a year. I have had cortisone shots which last for about 3-5 weeks, I have had whirlpool etc. I am limited to treatments because I am out here with out insurance. I ice, stretch, take ibuprofin, exercise, have worn orthotics for over 8 years. I now wear tennnis shoes only with the hard plastic orthotics, a gel heel pad and a thin insole over it all. I am in pain every minute of every day. Sleeping is a relief until I have to wake up then I "shuffle" to the bathroom because the morning pain or first steps are deadly. I can barely make it down stairs to the kitchen. Any home remedies or herbs or anything out there to help? I am desparate!


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Time: 1999-05-26 14:54:57
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Name: Tracey
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Time: 1999-05-20 05:48:59
Comments: What a relief to find someone that can actually relate!!!! I was diagnosed with plantars fasciitis in both feet last month. I've always prided myself in having a high tolerance to pain considering the fact that i've had Crohn's disease for the past 17 yrs and have had multiple abdominal surgeries but lat me tell u I would't wish this on my worst enemy!!! I have sooo much pain in my left heel i have to grit my teeth to walk. Of course i work 40 hrs a week and stand on my feet all day. I've had my feet both taped, been going to physical therapy twice a week, and oochy ouchy just had a steriod injection today. Was that ever NASTY!!!!Foot is taped tight right now, just my luck to be putting on my shoe after injection and what should happen?? I developed a full blown charley horse in that arch uuurrg!!!Isn't life sweet? Well i'll be practicing some of the info i have just read and will buy vitamin c tomorrow. Good luck to everyone and try to keep your chin up!!


Name: LYNN S.
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Time: 1999-05-12 20:33:23
Comments: I had surgery for plantar to release the fashia and fix the heel spur in January 1999. Since the surgery my foot is still cronically inflamed. I had more injections and also went to physical theropy for two months. The physical theropy seemed to beat it up more. Today I went for another injection in both feet. My other foot is just as painful but I wouldn't even consider surgery since I don't feel this other foot was successful. I have inserts in my shoes given to me by my surgeon. He does not reccommend orthotics because he wants my foot to be able to move a little bit and feels the orthotics will be like wearing a cast and will hurt it more. I am seriously frustrated because this is so painful and people around me don't understand it because they never heard of it.


Name: Sabine
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Time: 1999-05-11 19:21:12
Comments: I was diagnosed with PF about two years ago. It all started about 6 months after I joined a health club and did step aerobics three times a week ... should have never done that. The pain came and never really went away. It was worst in the morning and after sitting down for long periods of time (at work where I do alot of computer work). My ortho recommended stopping the step aerobics and I went to pt for 4 months twice a week - icing, massage, ultrasound and stretching .... when I was finally able to walk again, I went back to aerobics ... how stupid can you be ... pf came back with a vengance and I quit for good. Now I wear gel heel cushions, stretch whenever I get up from a long time of sitting/sleeping and always wear a shoe with a bit of a heel, oddly enough that seems to be helping me best ... my md actually discouraged me from trying cortisone shots (thanks!!) and stressed icing and actually heeled shoes. My feet are now pretty much okay, unless I do a major hike or other activity ... I can live with the minor pain, just missing my aerobics .... am walking instead in GOOD shoes and that works ok. Good luck to all of you out there!


Name: BECKY
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Time: 1999-05-10 19:21:48
Comments: I have recently been diagnosed with heel pain (heel spurs on my left foot). I injured it running in baseball. (my first time on a baseball team and at age 38). Now I can't play anymore. :-( I thought I had broken my foot with all the pain I had. Now, it's a week later and I still am limping. I am trying heel pads to help ease the pain. Would wear Birkenstofs, but I must dress professionaly at work and those kind of shoes wouldn't look very good with a dress. Will try other suggestions of stretching & using a rolling pin on the bottom of my foot. Glad I looked up this web site. Thank you all.


Name: Charlotte Miller
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Time: 1999-05-06 02:52:06
Comments: I had surgery on both feet for plantar fasciitus on Dec. 9,1998. The podiatrist said the fascias were as hard as a rock. I thought that I was healing well until Feb. whenI seemed to get more discomfort. I have been very carefulwith my feet but I did go back to work after surgery withrestrictions on my activities. I do private duty homeheath care. I am now having alot of discomfort when I firsttry to walk after resting. I can't walk for any great distance without alot of discomfort later. The doctorsaid that the fascias aren't healed yet. He doesn't want meto do any stretching exercises until the feet are healed.He said discomfort up to a year is normal. I am discouragedand want to be more active.

I had gone a full year taking cortisone shots and ultra-sound alternating between the two feet before surgery.

That is my story. I am open to any suggestions or opinions.Good luck to all with PF. Charlotte


Name: Kelly
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Time: 1999-05-02 06:16:58
Comments: very thankful to find this site. Have had pf for 10 months.have had 4 cort. shots from podiatrist, done exercises and have been on anti-inflam.and wear orthos.(No relief). have an appt. with ortho next week.I have begun to have pain up the leg into the hip. Don't know if this common with everyone. Podiatrist said my only option was surgery. I know there are other alternatives. I feel more confident for relief from reading postings on this WEB.


Name: Maureen Coral
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Time: 1999-04-30 17:51:39
Comments: I was diagnosed with PF in October after seeing a heel spur show up in my x-ray. Two months ago I found your website thru the Yahoo! magazine that someone had left at the gym. Before I found your site my pain was an 11 on a scale from 1-10. Now I would say it is a solid 4. What is working for me? Ortho-Rite dress-line orthotics, calf stretching exercises against the wall several times a day and a night splint that I wear all night, every night. (Prior to the night splint, I had to literally crawl out of bed because of the pain.) My podiatrist had prescribed Celebrex for me to reduce inflammation and they worked wonderfully, but I stopped taking them using my own judgment because Celebrex was responsible for ten deaths.

Since I would rather go the vitamin route, I have since started on a ginger root capsule regimen, but it is too early to tell if it is doing any good, since one should see results in 6-8 weeks.

I have also consciously changed the way in which I walk. (You can tell that by looking at the bottom of your shoe sole to see which part is getting worn out first. With each step I consciously put more pressure into my big toe and then the smaller ones. What did not work for me? Steroidal and non-steroidal injections. Good for only about 24 hours of relief and then you are back to the drawing board of pain. You are better off working thru the pain using stretches and over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to see you through short term if you have to go to a dance, etc.

Your website, and all your contributors, are a real God-send to all of us foot pain sufferers. I told my podiatrist about your site. Your site definitely dissuaded me from having surgery -- more often than not, it will cause more problems than it cures! Keep up the good work and be sure to update the site with any news and recent tips from fellow sufferers. I thank you wholeheartedly!


Name: Gail
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Time: 1999-04-26 16:46:39
Comments: Great site! Thank you!!Had my first experience with pf/heel spur 30 years ago, two cortisone injections and nary a pain until 3 months ago. Two year ago I had returned to floor nursing (after a 20 year absence in management). I work 12 hour shifts three days a week and spend most of that time walking. Today I cannot stand without a stabbing pain in my left heel, and many times an involuntary yelp. After reviewing much of the information on this site it is obvious that I MUST get rid of this extra weight and will start icing - already wear the Birkenstocks everywhere except to bed (yes, I do have a limited social life). Am choosing not to go for the injections this time (scary stuff) - unless other options prove futile. Thanks for the ideas and groop support - I'll be back.


Name: Jenn
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Time: 1999-04-26 15:54:30
Comments: I've had heel pain for more than a year. I finally got sick of hardly being able to stand after any extended period of rest, so I just recently visited a podiatrist who diagnosed plantar fasciitis. I was very glad to hear that surgery is not usually necessary. After two cortisone shots, stretching and icing for about two weeks, and having my foot wrapped in a sort of cast there's been some relief, but of course it will take a long time to heal since I let it go for so long. I haven't had a prescription filled yet for Lodine, an anti-inflamatory to ease the pain and to help the muscles respond better to being stretched out.


Name: Ana Maria Norris
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Time: 1999-04-23 06:21:22
Comments: Re wearing Birkenstocks. I can't wear any other Birkenstocks except Super Nobby. The other styleof Birkens feel like a lot of pressure is on my feet.The Super Nobbys massage feet and I don't feel pressure.The insoles of the Super Nobbys have "nobbys" that stick up and massage your feet as you walk or stand. I wear them with socks. They do not have a smooth surface like the suede type. USE what feels most comfortable on your feet--believe me, "they" will let you know!


Name: Adele Friedman
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Time: 1999-04-17 02:13:19
Comments: Pain since Dec 1996, left foot only, tried physicial therapy, iontopheresis, ultrasound, massage, ice, exercise, including stretching exercises on my own, acupuncture, chiropractic and allopathic (incl podiatry), cast at night, three different orthotics, cortisone injections. It all helps til I walk, or especially stand or "shuffle", as one does when grocery shopping. Xray in Dec '98 revealed heel spur; no xray had been taken to date. Even when "moderate" spur was revealed, its relevance to pain was diminished. I am tired of 2-1/2 years of conservative therapy, and not willing to indulge a new MD in trying another 6-12 months of it. (After 2+ years of pain) Am having surgery, probably "open" to release fascia & remove spur, on 4/20/99.Have been told I have exceptionally high arches, which can contribute to pain. Birkenstock wearers, I have been advised that the pressure on the inner aspect of the heel that Birks create is exactly what you want to avoid long-term. A heel at least 1/4 inch higher than the sole/ball of foot part of the shoe is ideal


Name: Ana Maria Norris
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Time: 1999-04-16 11:11:07
Comments: I last posted a message in April 1997, after I had had pantar fasciitis (PF) for a year. This website was such a great find for me & my family. People were telling me that what I had was "weird & unusual" or "never heard of PF." It's hard to describe the pain--like that of stepping on knives--to those who have good feet. It's two years later and visiting this site is like seeing an old friend. I still swear by Super Nobby Birkenstocks as my only house shoe & Feathersprings arch supports in my other shoes. My whole family uses Super Nobby Birkenstocks as preventative PF measures. I use a cushioned mat for the shower which really helps. I can now walk, run, & climb stairs. I can stand for much longer periods without pain. Am I totally cured, no. But I have taken care of my feet & they are so much better. For my sister who took care of me for over a month when I couldn't walk, it's hard for her to believe my progress, albeit 3 years later. It's a slow progress but it's progress. I sleep with my feet up against a blanket to keep the ligaments stretched out and that's worked for me. I have looked at my PF experience in a very positive light because my PF has been the preventive medicine for so many people. We are all paying close attention to my young nephews' feet. My family and friends refer people to me that start having foot pain (which I then refer to your website). Everyone asks, what helped me? I believe it was the three months of total foot rest (which I know most people don't have that luxury), icing religiously for 6 months, 3x a day for 20 minutes each (suggested by a physical therapist friend who treats PF on the elderly) & drinking the required 64 oz of water daily. Drinking lots of water is a good habit I got into because of PF that I still have today. My PF was so severe that I couldn't start stretching until a year and a half later. But now, stretching is an important part of keeping my PF under control. I never thought about shots or surgery because your guestbook signers never were real positive about those options. I'm glad I listened to them. I had read that massaging helps heal scar tissue from PF, so I use a foot massager (The Brookstone catalog). I am faithful now to scrub my feet with a pumice stone and use foot cream. In other words, not ignoring my feet like I used to, they are priceless. I read your updated material & will try your vitamin suggestions. Thank you for a great site & to those reading, hang in there...you are NOT alone!


Name: Judy
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Time: 1999-04-14 00:22:42
Comments: Was diagnosed in early March, 99 with PF after living with these "puppies" barking at me all the time. I has in such pain I could not walk without hobbling and heels felt like the worst "stone bruise" I have ever had. So far, have tried moist heat packs, ice, stretching (thanks to your great site) some OTC Motrin, Oruvail 200mg, 1 X day (took two and was becoming "jet propelled" with flatulance), and just started Celebrex 100mg 2 X day (making me a bit groggy, but am told that will pass ). My poditrist has been urging me to get cortisone shots and I keep resisting- can;t see the value to having my heel stuck (OUCH!) and have a couple of days of pain relief to just have pain come back. I am trying a pronator wrap and seems to me things feel more comfortable. I have also tried homeopathic anti inflammatory with no success. I have also gotten NB652 walking shoes BEST shoes I have had in years!!! Oh, also trying magnetic insoles. And just recently started taking a calcium, magnesium, vit c supplement..... Will it never end? I still do step aerobics twice a week, but have modified to only doing full foot on step or floor instead of leading with toe. Even though my feet feel fatiqued after a class, it is not pain.

I feel very frustrated. I am overweight by about 20 lbs and would like to start walking on weekends, but with feet like these, who wants to add fuel to the fire.

I must say that the pain has now become on again, off again discomfort and I feel like I can see light at the end of the tunnel especially after stretching.

Has anyone out these tried the Celebrex? What were your results? Keep up this great site! Thanks for all the advice I have gotten so far. Judy


Name: Diane
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Time: 1999-04-10 05:18:47
Comments: At least I know I am not alone... I have heel spurs and P.F. I have been taking Lodeine for 5 weeks with little or no improvement. I have not tried the calf stretches or icing. It is nearly impossible to stay off my feet. ...Now I am taking Ibuprofen. If this does not offer relief, my doctor is suggesting physical therapy that includes a treatment called "Ionto-phoresis". I would appreciate feedback from anyone who has undergone this procedure. Thank you for this site.


Name: Blyth
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Time: 1999-04-08 09:13:53
Comments: I just want to say a very big thank you to Scott, and to all fellow sufferers. It was such a relief to find this site, and to know one is not alone, as no-one who has not experienced PF can understand the terrible handicap that it is, especially as there's nothing to see !!I have been suffering for nearly 10 months now, in both feet, and have tried various remedies. I'm on anti-inflammatories and am having cortisone injections. Rest is the most important, but oh, so difficult when you're working ! (and to crown it all, my working environment consists of doctors, few of whom know anything about PF, or care !)Just a question - I am interested in trying to get Birkenstock sandals, but live in South Africa, where they dont seem to be marketed - what is just as good that may be available here ?All the best to fellow sufferers, and please keep up the good work, Scott !


Name: Lisa
Website:
Referred by: Excite
From:
Time: 1999-04-05 02:24:15
Comments: I've suffered off and on for 3 yrs. now. Great Physical Therapist has helped me tremendously. I walk 11 miles a day, as I am a letter carrier. My PT fitted me with orthotics, did ultrasound, cortisone by electric impulse, excercises and stretches. I was in a night splint for awhile. Went for almost 2 yrs. with little problems, even went bare foot on occasion for short periods. Then came an operation which took me off my feet and my route for 2 months. Needless to say, the pain came back full force. I had to have my orthotics refurbished and had new ones made also, so now I have 2 pair. This is great since I wear my mailman shoes to work and Nikes or Timberlands at home. I don't have to switch shoes all of the time. Don't know what I would do if I had a job that required dressier shoes! How often I wish I could quit my job. Some days it's just unbearable! Glad to find this site. Until you've suffered from PF, you just don't understand.


Name: stacey adams
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-03-18 22:23:39
Comments: Well, I've been a lurker on this site for 2 weeks and have enjoyed reading this wonderfully informative site for PF sufferers like myself. I was diagnosed with PF just recently, but have had it for over 10 months now. Just had 2 x rays and a bone scan to confirm by my ortho. How did I get the PF I asked myself? Was it the step aerobics , the elevated tread mill a hour a day, the kick boxing, the running, the stair climbing, the walking, the Keds tennis shoes i wore for everyday non exercise fashion? Probably all of the above. I stopped the exercise routine when I started having pain upon standing and walking. My PF effects both feet and not just the heels. My ortho prescibed custom orthotics which I had made at a custom orthotics shop. They made them to fit my Timberland Euro -walkers which they suggested I purchase in a half size larger to accomodate the full insert. (They said at 40 I was to younthful to wear traditional orthopaedic shoes) (Very Big Grin) They also recommended that I buy some New Balance Running shoes due to the support and the extra wide toe box. My inserts also fit in these. My entire wardrobe now revolves around my blue jeans, blue jean dresses, blue jean overalls , blue jean jacket, blue jean shorts etc. I haven't found anything else that seems to go with Timberland boots except blue jeans, however, my feet come first. I even wear my Timberlands to church with long blue jean dresses! I have taken lots of anti- inflammatories, stay off my feet as much as any mother of 3 can, and wear my custom orthotics from morning to night. I did not know the importance of not going barefoot, the ice or stretching exercises until reading this site. My dr. did not mention any of these suggestions. I have tried the frozen peas and the frozen sports bottle and think they are helping. My ortho prescibed a night splint that I wear at night on the leg of the worst PF foot. I also just bought my first pair of Arizona Birkenstocks yesterday to help with those middle of the night trips to the bathroom (easier than tying up Timberland boots). I hope to try weaning myself from the custom insert Timberlands and into the Birk sandals to wear more as Summer approaches to wear with my , you guessed it, blue jean shorts. Would love to get back to at least walking around the neighborhood for exercise. I think my days as a 6 day a week gymnut are over. We will see. Thanks again for all the great helpful ideas and family of support from fellow sufferers. My friends and family are all tired of the subject.


Name: Molly Reinhard
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-03-18 18:02:05
Comments: First I want to thank Scott for this fantastic site and for all of you fellow suffers on this message board for your posts and sharing with us what has helped you. All your help and remedies have helped me so much. I got PF last August and it has been nagging at me off and on for the last 8 months. I've been attending Jazzercise (jazz/dance high-impact aerobics) for the last 9 years, and assumed my problem was from that, and probably part of it was. But I always wore good shoes and changed them often knowing the importance of a good aerobic shoe. I had PF flare up about 3 years ago, but went away after 2 or 3 months and never thought of it again. But this past August it flared up again but worse, and in both feet no less. I tried every over-the-counter insole made, done all the stretches, and nothing helped. Some days were worse than others, but mornings were really hard. After discovering this site, I learned something new about PF that I never knew. "Never go barefoot." My entire house is ceramic tile and thinking nothing of it, I've gone barefoot on this floor since I moved in 5 years ago. Since my PF flared up I would tend to tip toe at times across the tile, but still went barefoot. I learned about Birkenstocks on this site and decided I had to have them to wear around my tile-floor house. I've had them three days now and really notice the difference. I do want to mention, and that I also learned from this site, that those Birks do take some time getting used to and shouldn't be worn for a long period at first. I'm seriously thinking about going and buying some "water friendly" Birks that I saw in the store for taking showers, washing my car outdoors, and for around the pool where I go swim. I also ice my feet three times a day, never missing a day. I saw a podiatrist 2 weeks ago and he prescribed orthics that are currently being made as well as anti-inflammatories, which seem to help too. I'm anxious to get my orthics to see if they help in my every day shoes I wear to work. Thanks again for this great site. Once cured, I'm hoping I can return to my Jazzercise that I love dearly. After discovering this site, I already see a difference in how my feet feel!


Name: gloria
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-03-16 01:22:09
Comments: anybody out there have the surgery, and was it succesful, hoooow long was the recovery time. Is it worth doing? I have suffered from this condition for three yrs. Have tried orthotics, drugs shots, tapings, etc, nothing seems to help any more, will have surg next monday.


Name: Gerry Morrison
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1999-03-12 15:45:38
Comments: Hi....well, I've had heel (and now, foot) pain since 11/98. I'm a physician, and suspected Plantar Fasciitis, but figured it would just "go away." Well, now it's March 99 and I'm desperately searching for the perfect insole, shoe, podiatrist, e-mailing Scott and still becomming more debilitated daily. I have to be on my feet approximately 18 hours a day and often have tears in my eyes by the end. Glad to hear all of the suggestions, I will try them all until something works. Thanks for letting me know how serious this is; I'll never take a patient's foot pain for granted! ps Celebrex is a new anti-inflammatory (expensive) that doesn't upset the stomach nearly as much and has helped me somewhat. Best to all...


Name: Terri
Website: Terri Gets Nude
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1999-03-12 06:47:28
Comments: I enjoyed your site. Visit mine real soon!


Name: Kathy
Website:
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From:
Time: 1999-03-10 01:46:08
Comments: Great site!. I have been looking into alternative methods to help my two spurred feet since typical methods have nothelped so far. Has anyone heard of weekly shots of vitaminB12? My M.D. was quite skeptical but said it couldn't hurtso I am trying it. I have only seen one article and wouldlike to get more info; like how much, how often and for howlong will I have to take it. With prayer, maybe it will work. (or else I could chop off my feet. LOL)ThanksKathy.


Name: Bruce
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-03-09 04:12:11
Comments: Hello, As with others I am very happy to find this page. Thank you, Scott. After 5 years and the usual approaches I still am plagued by constant PF pain. My first pod just gave up and said there was nothing he could do for me. The second one was so sure he could help me he said he wouldn't charge me if he couldn't help me. The last time I saw him he mentioned the use of magnets,now I have my doubts about ever getting over this. I am 52yrs. old and not overweight. Has any one been treated wih magnets and what if any relief did they give?. Thank You, Bruce


Name: barbara
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-03-08 18:20:51
Comments: I've had heel pain in the mornings for 2 years during pregnancies and thought it was a circulation problem. 2 months ago it became constant so I went to the MD. He diagnosed PF. One visit to the podiatrist and he shot the heel with cortizone. Pain was gone within the hour. It's only been 2 days but I feel great. I came looking for some preventive ideas to avoid reoccurence After reading messages I see that I'm lucky to have such positive results!


Name: Renee Aldrup
Website:
Referred by: Webcrawler
From:
Time: 1999-03-06 14:50:14
Comments: I have had PF for three years. I have had a total of 5 cortizone injections with very little relief. I am considering surgery as a last resort.I feel so much pain that I cannot function some days. The orthotics seem to hurt more than they help. My Dr. has not suggested any exercises or therapy. Help!


Name: L.O.
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1999-02-27 03:29:59
Comments: Maybe someone can help me. I was in a severe car accident 1 and a half years ago. Prior to that that day I had no foot pain. Initially I did feel like I had hurt my foot but I had other more severe injuries that of course took presidence. Now that the rest of my body has recovered my foot is still causing severe pain. I have heel cups and have tried the shots and cortisone (which I was allergic to) Taping of the foot and stretching with the towel.I have currently changed my doctor to a foot specialist instead of a very busy orthopetic doctor. Today I went and bought some very ugly and expensive shoes thqat are suppose to help. I can only pray that something else will work, the pain is very debiltating and keeps me from many activities. To make matters worse I am Hypothyroid and gained alot of weight with my pregnancy and now I can't use the treadmill! If you have any thoughts I sure would appreciate them. Thanks L.O.


Name: Pat Hall
Website: Sold Out!
Referred by: Just stopped by to take a shit...
From: Huntington Beach, CA
Time: 1999-02-23 18:41:45
Comments:


Name: Bruce
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-02-18 23:19:55
Comments: This PF is quite the pain; I have been battling it for 6 months now. Two cortisone shots and now we're off to the custom made inserts. Being 6' 11" doesn't help this matter at all either.


Name: Doug
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1999-02-10 11:51:38
Comments: I have head PF for about 4 months. I wear night splint, stretch and ice. I am not seeing any positive results yet.Any new ideas?


Name: kristy
Website:
Referred by: Please Select!!!
From:
Time: 1999-02-06 19:39:54
Comments: My daughter of 13 has have pain in her heels since she was11 The wedges don't work and she is a big athlete.we got her new shoes but they didn't change anything.we are still debating on surgerey She will be the 6 fammily member to go into surgerey out of 7Both heels are injured she is also under age and height


Name: kristy
Website:
Referred by: Please Select!!!
From:
Time: 1999-02-06 19:38:34
Comments: My daughter of 13 has have pain in her heels since she was11 The wedges don't work and she is a big athlete.we got her new shoes but they didn't change anything.we are still debating on surgerey She will be the 6 fammily member to go into surgerey out of 7Both heels are injured


Name: Sandy
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1999-02-06 05:33:42
Comments: I had pf for 4 years. Had pf release on both feet December 29, 1998 and I feel GREAT!!!


Name: Sandy
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1999-02-06 05:28:20
Comments: I had pf for 4 years. Had pf release on both feet December 29, 1998 and I feel GREAT!!!


Name: Kismet
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-02-06 00:44:39
Comments: This site is a supportive, informative blessing to those who suffer with PF


Name: Sarah
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1999-01-27 05:26:22
Comments: I just started getting heel pain and hope I can nip it in the bud. I have one foot that has gotten bigger than the other and my shoes were starting to hurt on that foot, therefore I am sure I developed bad walking habits. I was too cheap (poor) to buy new shoes. I finally bought a good pair of working boots and wear them all the time. Just started to get pain in the opposite heel. I also have developed a habit of folding my leg and foot under the other leg when I sit at the computer--wonder if that could also be causing problems??


Name: Andrea
Website: Andrea's Playpen
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1999-01-24 19:35:23
Comments:

A very nice site. Please visit mine sometime soon!


Name: Monda
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-01-21 14:53:17
Comments: I have had PF about 1 1/2 years. I had surgery 10 months ago. It took me about 6 months to be totally pain free. I thought I was cured, but about a month ago the pain came back with a vengence! I wear inserts and heel pads, they help, but don't take the pain away completely. Very glad I found this site. Vitamin C does seem to help and not going barefoot also helps.


Name: Deborah
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1999-01-15 23:24:09
Comments: I have had PF now for 9 months. I used to wear Birkenstocks for years and had no problems. I bought a pair of Dr.Marten's sandals and wore them everyday to work. I think I made the connection after reading some of these postings, that maybe I got them from those sandals! I'll have to go back to wearing my Birks. I'm on my feet all day, and find that after not working the weekend, they are much better.I've tried several inserts, none worked, I just bought a brand new pair of Montrail lightweight hiking boots, ( I do alot of walking) I just joined the Y and am doing water aerobics 2 x's a week, and a bicycle spinning class. After each, the next morning, my heel feels great. I ice also. I haven't been to the doc yet, I'm waiting to see if they will ever get better! Any advise is welcomed!


Name: Dianne Sever
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1999-01-11 18:20:24
Comments: I have had pain in my left foot since August of 1998. I have had two shots for pain and been taped one time. Currently I am wearing New Balance tennis shoes and the shoe supports. I am still in pain and debating whether or not to see my doctor and get another shot or opt for surgery.


Name: Helen Chapin
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1999-01-03 18:57:25
Comments: I am a 74 year old female. Normal weight. I have been diagnosed with venus insufficiency and am required to wear compression stockings. I started to wear them in September and within a short time my heels became so painful that I am almost disabled. I have been very active all my life. I am under the care of an internist and a rheumotologist and neither of them had any idea what the problem was. My daughter had a friend with pf and suggested that could be my problem. Bingo! It fits my pain. Tomorrow I find myself a podiatrist.


Name: Christy and Bibs
Website:
Referred by: Webcrawler
From:
Time: 1999-01-01 23:37:53
Comments: I have suffered from bone spurs for about 6 months. It's so painful that I can't participate in walking, tennis, golf ect.It seems to be more painful early in the morning and when I'm walking barefooted. My Docter has no ansewers for me.


Name: LL
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1998-12-31 02:49:52
Comments: Hi...just another one here, in pain. Looking for any support... info., ideas that work.Anything what so ever!OUCH!!!:-<


Name: Sue McKinney
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From:
Time: 1998-12-30 03:03:58
Comments: I have had PF for about 10yrs. I have tried almost everything, orthodics, medicine, crutches, you name it. Birkenstocks have done wonders for me. It's amazing how the combination of cork and rubber give superb support. I found on the internet that Birkenstock makes orthodics of all kinds and particuliarly ones made with cork. Has anyone tried them?


Name: Jennifer
Website:
Referred by: Excite
From:
Time: 1998-12-28 21:00:51
Comments: It seems so ironic that doing something good for your body can turn out to be so bad. I am an avid fan of step aerobics. Unfortunately, my obessive approach led to the development of PF two years ago. Every time I go to the doctor, I mention that I can barely put weight on my feet in the mornings. I tell them that I just about fall on my face because of pain if I have to get up in the middle of the night. The doctor, however, usually avoids my question or blows me off with a nonproductive answer.


Name: deborah
Website:
Referred by: Alta Vista
From:
Time: 1998-12-27 17:00:03
Comments: Here I am with my left foot in a bowl of icewater! I have an appointment with a podiatrist next week -- had to wait a month for this appointment -- The receptionist was more interested in my insurance plan than my pain! Sorry to be so cynical. I called after a kickboxing class in which I think the jumproping REALLY aggravated the condition, more so than my 3x per week run. I think it began with a pair of Nike running shoes (I think nike makes awful athletic shoes). . I am thrilled to find this website, and can now visit a doctor a bit more educated. Like most, I do not wish to stop exercising and will try to find options with my doctor. The ice helped lots and I will now try the stretches. My Teva's are my best friends in the morning when the pain is at its worst. Are Birckenstocks really better? Another ?, I'm one of those NY women with about 15 different pairs of shoes. My heels (not too high - less than 2 inches and chuncky. Thank god those became fashionable) seem to alleviate the condition. What's that all about? The ice has helped so that I'll be going for my run in about an hour! I'll let you know what the doctor recommends. I'd like to know if anyone out there has managed to continue jumproping with this condition.Also, In kickboxing, your on your toes for much of the class. Does that stretch the arch and cause the pain? Thanks everyone, good luck and happy new year! This is a great website! Thanks Scott, you are an angel.


Name: Lori
Website: Lori's Naked Page
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1998-12-24 05:17:50
Comments: I enjoyed your site. Cum visit mine sometime soon!


Name: MICHAEL THOMPKINS
Website:
Referred by: NewsGroups
From:
Time: 1998-12-24 02:11:48
Comments: 12/20/98

I have been a runner since high school and now am a 55 yr old male. I presently have mild plantar fascitis that isresponding well to treatment.This is my first incident although I have had other running injuries. I am not a competitive runner but often willaverage 25 miles a week. I have not run for several weeksbecause my acupuncturist reccommends I lay off until the pain goes away.I would be happy to communicate with anyone interestedin my experience with acupuncture treatment for plantarfascitis. I live in Seattle, am a PhD in psychology,and I am being treated by a Seattle acupuncturist.


Name: Mary
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From:
Time: 1998-12-21 23:55:20
Comments: THIS IS LONG? Sorry, I was so happy to find this page!

I went to the doc today and he mentioned PF. He is getting a referral for a poditrist. I have been suffering for alomt 6 years now!!! Really. I caried twins, gained a little over 100 pounds during the pregnancy and have not been the same since! Right after the birth I saw a poditrist that taped by feet and gave me a boot ($500) to wear at night - it was a diaster.

I lost the pregnancy weight and felt like I could live OK with the pain. Now the pain is so bad the best I can compare it to is it like a vice clamp is attached to my heels. Both feet. It is worse by the end of the day. I do stand at home while making meals and working with the twins. I have 'Burks', they work, but not always. I need to get new ones for in the house only. It makes a difference when they are new. They 'work' better.I have tried over the counter heel pads, they work for a day or two and then the pain returns. I have a foot massager/soaker that is heated-it feels good, but it does not 'fix' the pain. I am so happy I now have a name to this problem. There are times, more often than not, that I find myself crippled with pain and can not even walk to the phone. It brings tears to my eyes. I take over 6-8 IB or 3 Alieve at night to sleep through the pain. I sit here now and the pain is so powerful.I do walk through it most days, only because I have to get things done and to have fun with the kids.

I have stopped my daily workouts-I want to walk my dog again. I used to teach high energy aerobics classes (2 a day), I believe that is what started the inital onset. Then I switched to water aerobics. That was ok for awhile then my feet hurt because I was on a hard surface without shoes. I had to stop. I now walk as little as possible and take a slow dance class. I hardly can finish.I almost cried when I read the guestbook. THANKS...I am not going crazy!

I know that I have to excersice to start to loose the weight I gained (50 lbs) due to inactivity and extreme pain with each step.

I would like to begin an online weight loss communication. If you are out there and need to loose a few, like me, e-mail me with your numbers and we will communicate with each other and share success (or stress) stories.

I look forwars to seeing a Poditrist SOON. Now I have more info to carry on a knowledge based conversation. I hope they too have learned more in 6 years time.

Thanks for the online support.

PS. I shared this page with my friends who have similar feet problems. I guess we understand each other!


Name: Nancy S. Yaros, D.P.M.
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-12-19 07:13:30
Comments: I am a Podiatrist and I would like this message posted where patients can read it.

Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome is found secondary to all of the conditions you have read about, but what causes these conditions to contribute to this syndrome? I have discovered that the foot joints shift position and have severely limited motion in over 90% of heel spur patients. Practitioners that treat feet in general do not know how to evaluate the foot for these locked joints. I have developed a technique of biomechanically evaluating the foot for these jont restrictions. I have also developed a technique for manipulating the joints to increase motion, which is absolutely essential for this condition to improve and not reoccur. Any other form of treatment that is then performed will be more effective, if more treatment is necessary at all. Orthotics (arch supports) are more effective, since they are designed to control motion WITHIN the foot. When the foot joints are restricted, the orthotics control ankle motion, and they are not as effective. This treatment is conservative and non-invasive, and VERY EFFECTIVE! If you have tried other forms of treatment and you have not had relief of pain, it is because your joints are restricted and the treatment you have received has not addressed this problem. For more information, you can e-mail me or call 215-235-3338.


Name: Teresa Lubke
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1998-12-18 21:52:15
Comments: Wow! Do you know how good it is to find other people out there that have the same problem I do? I was thrown from a horse and broke my 'talus' bone (of all things) over a year and a half ago. I've had PF ever since the cast came off. Mild at first, but last month I had to quit my job, and go to crutches. All along I have been using rest, massage, NSAIDS, LOTS of ice, and have 4 different store-bought shoe inserts; but it's not helping. I recently started taping my foot and losing weight. I'm glad to hear that there are so many different things being tried, but I don't have the money for doctors. (who does?) Is there anything else out there? Does anyone have advice on non-weight-bearing cardio exercise, or SPECIFIC PF stretching techniques? I'd really like to hear them! Also, if anyone has gotten PF from a sudden injury/accident (especially involving the talus bone) please e-mail me, I'd like to talk with you.


Name: Joyce Hunter
Website:
Referred by: A Different Search Method
From:
Time: 1998-12-15 02:50:14
Comments: I was just looking at any thing on "bone spurs" and found your page. I got lots of interesting information.

I have suffered from PF for about 2 months --- It is bad.


Name: Andrea
Website: Andrea's Amateur Photos
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: USA
Time: 1998-12-14 15:35:03
Comments:

A very nice site. Please visit mine real soon!


Name: Sylvia
Website:
Referred by: Webcrawler
From:
Time: 1998-12-13 22:56:55
Comments: Pain started after long period of rest due to deep vein thrombosis. I have noted a change of life pattern has been mentioned as a possible cause on this site.Injections in both feet gave releif,but did not last.


Name: Marianne
Website:
Referred by: Webcrawler
From:
Time: 1998-12-11 05:52:01
Comments: The following book has been very helpful: PAIN FREE by Peter Egoscue. The morning stretching exercises have made a difference. The cause of my PF is internally rotated knees/hips. Physio provided some exercises to strengthen butt muscles, which in addition to Egoscue's exercises are giving improvement.


Name: Stefan Dickmann
Website: Saarlodri´s and Schaengelchen´s Pages
Referred by: Yahoo!
From: Bornheim / Germany
Time: 1998-12-09 07:38:58
Comments: Very lovely designed pages.


Name: Sharon Kerr
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-12-02 00:54:49
Comments: I suffered with pf for several months. Started taking creatine when I was working out at gym. Pain went away. Ran out of creatine. PF pain came back within 3 days. Takes about a week of taking creatine twice a day for pain to ease. Only takes half that when you quit for pain to come back.


Name: Sue
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-11-26 01:58:53
Comments: I have used all the conventional methods for pf they did not work so i turned to surg. I had both feet done one month apart this past fall and I am not any better. I must say that I still have am pain, pain after sitting for more than 20 min. and after 12pm I am good for NOTHING. If I must shop it has to be in the am. I am a nurse and can not return to work. I have been out of work for 3 yrs. due to my feet. A podiatrist with great qualifications did my surgery. Browsing over this site does not give me much incouragement. I hope I will see the light soon with this surg. Thanks for listening!!!!!


Name: Monica Staaf
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-11-23 21:35:06
Comments: I have followed many suggestions found on this site, andmy PF is almost cured after a year. I wear either running shoes or Birkenstocks whenever possible but have yet to find a pair of low-heeled, well-cushioned pumps to wear for work. Are there any women PF sufferers who have foundsuch a shoe? Thanks.


Name: Monica Staaf
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-11-23 21:34:02
Comments: I have followed many suggestions found on this site, andmy PF is almost cured after a year. I wear either running shoes or Birkenstocks whenever possible but have yet to find a pair of low-heeled, well-cushioned pumps to wear for work. Are there any women PF sufferers who have foundsuch a shoe? Thanks.


Name: J Card
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-29 19:39:16
Comments: Schering-Plough Corporation - the company who owns the name Dr. Scholl's and also makes the insoles and footcare products. You can find them on the internet, however, I'm not sure of their 800#. Dr. Scholl's Footwear, produced by Brown Shoe Co., can be reached at 800/766-6465.

Their products have always worked well for me.


Name: dee
Website:
Referred by: Excite
From:
Time: 1998-10-29 15:46:54
Comments: I could not register as a member; when I got to occupation I was unable to click on it; can you do this for me? thank you; Delores


Name: c smith
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-10-29 01:11:46
Comments: had partial fascia release nearly 3 months ago. still suffering from soar heel (although pain is not localized to the side of foot as it was pre-surgery, but rather my whole heel is sore). does anyone have any suggestions for stretches/vitamin supplements etc? trying to get back in marathon shape... quite frustrated.


Name: Jeanmarie Seabaugh
Website:
Referred by: Yahoo!
From:
Time: 1998-10-28 17:40:14
Comments: I had surgery for heel spur and plantar faciatomy on September 18, 1998. It is now October 28th and I am completely recovered. No pain, no aching. I took anti-inflamatories for over 6 months, had cortisone shots, icing, ultrasonic treatments. Nothing helped but now I am very happy I did this.


Name: J.B.
Website:
Referred by: Webcrawler
From:
Time: 1998-10-28 02:01:53
Comments: Suffered for several months. Findly saw a Doctor. Being treated by tapeing. No running for three weeks. Hope this cure it.


Name: Pat Nalley
Website:
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Time: 1998-10-27 01:36:11
Comments: Just went to the ortho doctor today and he was a jerk! Told me he doesnt like fooling with such "insignificant" complaints - and that if surgery is what I want then to find another doctor! I had waited two hours in his waiting room, taken the afternoon off work - and was in so much pain I was willing to take the shot - now my foot is throbbing and aching and I dont know what to expect tomorrow. He gave me no information - I came home and did my own search and found the 15 page article. He never told me anything about exercises, ice, or any of the items I read. I have been battling with the HMO for over 4 months to get to go to the ortho doc and I still got nowhere. I am going to try now and treat myself from what I read!! I am 44, and about 30 pounds overweight - had been walking for weight loss - but had to stop cause the pain got so intense. I just bought a bike to take the place of walking.


Name: Diane Anis
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-26 18:47:32
Comments: I need help! My heel spurs are killing me. I've alreadyhad injections.


Name: raymond chemtob
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-26 14:28:50
Comments: for over 10 days have got pain in my right foot heel.the pain is under the heel and i feel like somebody tryingto hammer a nail in my heel. also a lot of burning sensa=tion around the heel. I can hardly walk without feeling extreme pain. My firs tvisit to a podiatrist: gave me an x ray, an injection and asked me to go back in 10 days.relief lasted only 24 hours. I ccannot take anti-inflamatorymedicine or aspirin. I am only taking tylenol. night painand early morning pain are unbearable. I bought cheap Dr Scholl's arch support which seem to alleviate conditionhaving used them only in the last 12 hours. Think also having a condition of osteoarthritis in my left foot.


Name: mitchell lindsey
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-25 17:52:25
Comments: I JUST FOUND OUT WHAT THIS PAIN IN LEFT FOOT IS CALL CAME HOME TURN ON THE COMPUTER TO FIND OUT MORE AND THERE YOU ARE;; YOUR 15 PAGE ARTICLE IS BEEN SO MUCH HELP TO ME IN UNDERSTANDING AND HELP ME I CAN NOT TELL YOU THANK YOU I AM NOW MAKING SOME HEADWAY BUT IAM LEARNIG WHAT TO DO IHAVE MORE PAIN IN THE MORNING GETTING OUT OF BED FIRST THING IN THE MORNING THAT ANY OTHER TIME BUT YOU GUYS CAN HELP BETTER AS I READ MORE THANK AGAIN MITCHELL


Name: Karen
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-24 06:00:47
Comments: Thank you for the tremendous job you've done compiling all this information!

The podiatrist I went to, looked at my foot and said , "You have high arches, your feet are going to hurt." (SO helpful. . . )

After visiting your site, I feel a LOT more informed and able to construct a common-sense program for HAPPY feet!


Name: R oger Page
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-22 22:20:48
Comments: Hi If you are pretty sure you have plantar fasciitis and you haven't faithfully(i.e., Nightly) tried the night splint in combination with a very thick waffle heel cup, you may have missed a much less expensive way to handle the pain and irritation than shots, as well as learning the best way to perform the "Morning Hobble."

You may want to send an email description of your symptoms to heelkit@aol.com I used the gear they off and am pain free. Good Luck, Roger


Name: Bill Couch
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-22 16:17:41
Comments: I am hiking the Appalachian Trail, a section at a time. I have done 535 miles of the 2160 miles so far. On my last trip I did 105 miles over 8 days. I developed this heel pain which from reading the Plantar Fasciitis pages, looks like my problem. It's been 30 days since my hike but the pain is still pretty bad. I guess I need to try to stay off of it and do some streching. I was walking about 4 to 7 miles a day when not on hiking trips. I am 5'9" @ 200lbs. I guess I need to lose some weigh too. It will be hard without walking and hiking. I am planning another hike on the AT in the spring.


Name: Steve Walls
Website:
Referred by: Excite
From:
Time: 1998-10-22 14:39:08
Comments: Tried new light weight neoprene sleeve with side zipper for my plantar fasciitis. Very comfortable and relieved the pain almost immediately so I could continue running and remain on my feet. Wore it inside my running shoes and my work shoes during the day or when running. Has a cushioned built in pad that makes the Foot Buddy work like a cushioned suspension bridge.

Found it in Runners World, Tulsa, Ok. or call/fax 918/298-2597 Foot Buddy


Name: Ian Fisher
Website: Assholicism
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-10-22 06:56:27
Comments: My page rules. It is Stern, Democratic, and controversial. Send hate/fan mail, and sign my guestbook. Just read everything. My page: http://members.tripod.com/~bobbobbly/religion.html


Name: Lynda Gerhart
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-21 21:58:53
Comments: Since I spend 8-10 hours per day on my feet whether at work or at sports (I'm a golfer), and am 32 years old, I am probably a prime candidate for heel spurs. My left heel has hurt for 3 months and nothing I do seems to help. Suggestions would be appreciated. I plan to see a foot doctor next week


Name: Margaret Dybala
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-21 15:38:15
Comments: Does the heel spur every just go away by itself? This is new to me, and it is really interfering with my life!


Name: Bruce W.
Website:
Referred by: Lycos
From:
Time: 1998-10-20 23:45:56
Comments: I suffered intense heel pain for 2-3 months about a year ago, and had to give up tennis. When I could not walk without noticeable limp, I finally visited an orthopedic surgeon, who made several suggestions including surgery or steroid injections. I did not have surgery or steroid injections, but tried the following and I am now virtually free of any heel pain. I used a prescribed night splint religiously for about 6 months. I started using shoe inserts and I do not wear any shoe now without inserts; the best seem to be the pale-blue Birkenstock half-sole inserts which I use in running/tennis shoes, Superfeet replacement full-sole inserts which I use in Nike hiking shoes and hiking boots, Dr. Scholl Dyna-flex inserts in dress shoes (I have an office job.) And I wear Birkenstock sandals in and around the house (never go barefoot anymore).


Name: Joni E. Waldron
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-20 03:17:59
Comments: I first began to experience pain in my left heel in Sept. '97. The pain progressively became worse even with stretching exercises and much money spent for all types of arch supports. In Feb. '98, I had one cortisone injection which helped for about 4 months. At the end of June, while running, I felt a "pop" in the arch of the left foot. I have been in severe pain since then. I have been through 2 MRI's, a bone scan and a plain x-ray. I have been to two different orthopedic groups and have now been shuffled to a neurologist because I may have RSD associated with this trauma. I have even started using Comfrey poultices and Arnica gel for temporary relief. I am getting very discouraged. I am a nurse and must be on my feet all day. Would appreciate any suggestions on how to overcome this pain. Please e-mail me with any help or support through this difficult time. I have also gone through two seperate groups of 15 Physical Therapy sessions. I now have symptoms in my right foot as well. Any information would be appreciated. Amonrara@aol.com


Name: Amy
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-17 00:42:56
Comments: Hello I was injured on April 1st, of this year 1998. But it was no joke. I carry mail for a living and so being on my feet constantly does not help things. I now sit in the office and dream of the day I will be painfree enough to start delivering the mail. It seems like I have tried everything. But now that I have explored this site there seems to be a few more tricks to try. On the issue of Birkenstocks, I have found them to hard. I guess I have it worse than others. I'm currently in a cast,but found Ecco brand shoes to be the most comfortable. I think their from Denmark. Good Luck to Everyone. Your Mail Lady.


Name: John Finch
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-10-15 21:44:13
Comments: I had conventional surgery 15 months ago and took 6 months off running. I still have heel pain and some numbness, I run now apporx. 25 miles per week. Any other folks have experience with such long term recovery and what has been your experience?


Name: dr henry gold
Website: GAYKIDZ!
Referred by: Please Select!!!
From:
Time: 1998-10-15 03:39:23
Comments:

GAYKIDZ ROCK!


Name: zohreh
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-14 22:07:19
Comments: Hi, I'm a PF sufferer. I've had surgery about 2 years ago,but after 2 years I still have pain. I just got a custommade orthotic which has a high arch and it's giving mepain. My podiatrist says my foot gets used to it sincehaving a high arch will give me foot some corrections.I've had custom made orthotics before with low arch andhas been working okay but they have been worn out.Please let me know if anyone has had this exprience, andwhat's best to do?


Name: Grant Patterson
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-10-14 19:30:57
Comments: I have experienced heel pain for about a month now. I went to a Orthopedic Doctor and he initially put me on steroids for the inflamation. I also have gone to physical therapy twice a week for ultra-sound and electro-treatment of some kind. I have also taped the area, which seems to give the best support. Last friday, I also started over-the-counter orthotics. When I officiate football, is when it really bothers me. As I have read, this seems to be an on-going thing, that even surgery doesn't necessarily heal. The doc also gave me a night-splint device. What a pain in the butt! I think a good nights sleep is more important then a little pain. Any ideas on night-splint sleep comfort? Anyway, this condition sucks, and I am open to anything that people do to help the condition, but also allows you to be active.


Name: glenn overstreet
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-13 16:26:44
Comments: pain at bottom of right heel and sometimes on outside of heel near ankle bone. Pain is intense and and has been going on for most of the past 3 years.Doctor confirms heel spur with x-ray.tried heel cups, injections, ultra-sound, massage, physical therapy. now looking at orto inserts. do not want surgery.


Name: JoAnn Zarnke
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-12 15:30:21
Comments: 7 mo sympoms


Name: Danielle
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-10-11 01:27:07
Comments: My pain hurts almost all the time. I am on my feet a lot with my job on concrete floors. So the pain is always there. I found out that my mom has it too. She has two on one foot. The pain is the worst when stepping out of bed or out of my car. My foot is relaxed until it hits the pavement or the floor, then I hobble around until it relaxes a bit, but it never goes away.


Name: Suzy White
Website:
Referred by: Word of Mouth
From:
Time: 1998-10-10 16:29:32
Comments: Hi,First off I need to know if more money is needed to help out?I have visited this site for the last year off and on. I developed planter in june of 97. I had surgery in jan 98.I still have the same old problem but now have nerve damage in the surgery area. I am on long term disability and had filed workers comp. I won the first round and they are apealing the win. I just wanted to say to all those that fight this battle to hang tuff! Its hard and SOOO depressing at times. I have tried everything and find that Just really monitoring myself is the only way to help control this. Planter to me seems to be a sleeper. You dont really know if you have over done it untill you rest or the next morning! I dont know if there is any cure for this? I dont think so. I have seen DR's that say rest will help and it will. Good luck to all and hope that we can get a chat room going soon! Would love to talk again with you all!take care and hang TUFF!Suzy


Name: Vivienne
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-10 10:14:46
Comments: I am a new surfer and had posted questions on the Surgery Guestbook and have re-visited several time only to find the latest entries seem to have been deleted? Had a reply from Dr WEBfoot and posted my reply back to him and now seriously frustrated! My problem is slightly different to what most of you guys seem to be suffering from in that my spur is in the position of a cowboy's spur instead of beneath my heel. Mine was removed and I now have a bony lump on the back of my heel which although not painful, restricts me to wearing soft floppy shoes or sandals all the time! Flippin' nuisance - yes, I am English! Anyone know why the most recent pages on the Surgery Guestbook have vanished?


Name: Candice
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-09 04:23:31
Comments: This web page helped a lot. I wasn't sure what was wrong with my foot after i excercise, but now i have a better idea of what it could be and how i can heal it on my own


Name: scott
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-07 17:45:35
Comments: test


Name: Abi
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-07 16:34:55
Comments: Developed Plantar Fasciitis after starting new exercise regime in October 1997. Has previously worked out at gym but joined 2-weekly aerobic classes at another local gym. First experienced pain after removing trainers after class, and first thing in the morning after exercising but found that this would calm down. Assumed it was because of my old trainers and bought new ones. Also bought flat shoes as pain aggravated by wearing high heels. Problem continued. Went to doctor in January 1998 and he advised rest for a week then go back to it. Shortly afterwards I fell and cut my knee, requiring stitches, so could not go for a month and a half anyway. Then I returned to same routine and pain returned. Doctor advised to CONTINUE with exercise! Pain continued. Found out that a friend of mine had same condition and his doctor gave him steroid injections (he is still not convinced about my treatment, he thinks shoes that are loose at the heel are the cause). Researched Plantar Fasciitis on Internet to find out about treatment.After reading guestbook and various advice from this site and others, I stopped the aerobics (August 1998)although I still do a lot of walking to keep active. I bought arch/heel supports made by AOL and started stretching calf muscles/achilles once a day. These have calmed down the condition. Now I hardly feel it at all although previously it had got to the point where heels were hurting ALL THE TIME, aching and stabbing pains, worst when walking around bare-foot, all the symptoms that are described on this site.A friend who used to be in the army said he stopped running when he left the army because he said it is bad for the feet - he's now a fitness instructor - he now swims and cycles to keep fit. I am now in the process of joining the gym he works at to keep fit by stationery cycling and spinning (cycling) classes. I don't know if I will ever be able to do other sorts of aerobic classes again even though I enjoy them. Perhaps when one day this condition is gone completely - it is still there. It comes back if I don;t wear the orthopaedic supports or forget to stretch. I insisted on seeing a physiotherapist after my doctor got me to have an X-ray, and, on seeing a heelspur on one of my heels, was going to refer me to an orthopaedic surgeon for injections and/or surgery!!! I am so glad I did my research first. Now the physio has referred me to a clinic where they will make me custom-made orthopaedic insoles.

MY ADVICE: Don't listen to your doctor! Do your research first, ie read other peoples' experiences in the guestbooks and the advice on the internet. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences!


Name: danette
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-10-07 00:46:13
Comments: Starting about 3 yrs ago after participating in a job related activity that required me to walk on concrete 6-7.5 hours a day, I started having pain in my left foot. At first it seemed to be the ball of my foot only. After a few weeks the pain went away. The following year, a repeat participation in my job activity and afterwards reoccurrence of the foot pain. This time it felt like I had stepped on a rock and that my heel and arch area was bruised. The pain episode lasted longer this time but was again subsided and only reappeared if I deal a great deal of walking. Now for the last 2 yrs. I deal with the pain almost daily. Worse in the mornings and after shopping at the mall. The only exercise I enjoy, leisure walking, is now next to impossible because of pain experienced during or afterwards. I haven't been to the doctor yet - most anyone I've told about this says there's really nothing Dr. can do. I take aspirin or ibuprofren for the pain and get relieft albeit short lived. I'd like to find something that would work.


Name: John Jones
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-09-30 17:38:59
Comments: I am 55 years old. Been running 20 years. I caused PF by jumping 5 feet from tree. Have had problem 6 months. Running for any distance causes more pain.Tried injections. No help. Just now got foot doctor to order orthotic. Have ordered Strasburg sock. Am geting ready to try taping, ice, and massage. Thanks for this web site.


Name: Abby
Website:
Referred by: Infoseek
From:
Time: 1998-09-28 14:52:40
Comments: I was just diagnosed with plantar faschiitis a few days ago and am scared stiff after reading what all of you have been through. The lack of consensus about treatment among medical professionals is truly frightening. I have high arches, rigid feet, tight hamstrings, one leg 1/2 inch longer than the other, and quite a few extra pounds, and I spent most of the summer barefoot, so knowing what I know now, I was asking for trouble. I already had soft custom orthotics for my athletic shoes but find my Birkenstocks are more comfortable with this condition. Our local Athlete's Foot now carries Birkenstock 3/4 length rigid shoe inserts, which I really like. It's frustrating to think about having to rest rest rest when you know that's just going to make you fatter, which will add even more pressure on to your feet! I am trying to stay off my feet, although yesterday I taped my hurt foot and tried using the exercycle for 1/2 hour because I can't stand getting no exercise at all. Am also trying to massage my feet before getting up and doing ice massage, faschia stretching, and calf stretching. I find the number of do's and don'ts overwhelming. I agree with those who complain about why there isn't more information and awareness out there about it!! Most of us don't take our feet seriously until it is too late! I am now buying $100 high-arch Nikes for my 9-year-old who has my high arches because I don't want him to go through this!


Name: Vicky
Website:
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From:
Time: 1998-09-27 06:10:27
Comments: I am glad to have found this sight. It has helped me before and after surgery. I am still having pain 4 weeks after surgery, but hope to improve. Good luck to everyone!


Name: Sandy
Website:
Referred by: Excite
From:
Time: 1998-09-27 01:54:15
Comments: I had surgery on left foot 3 years ago for PF. Prior to surgery the pain was intense. I am now virtually pain free. My right foot began bothering me about 6 months ago and seems to be getting worse. I will not hesitate to undergo a second surgery.


Name: mj
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Sterling, VA
Time: 1998-09-24 14:59:25
Comments: My 9 yr old daughter has been DX w/Plantar Fascia. Are their any reports of children w/this problem? The Dr. told her no more sandles, & we tape up her heal before any activity (w/a child that is most of the time). Should there be a limit to how long the heal should be taped (per day)? She takes gymnastics once a week which we have curtailed somewhat. Per Dr. suggestion, we've inserted Spenco foot pads in her shoes. This Plantar Fascia gives her quite a bit of pain (even w/taking one adult advill) any suggestions? We soak her foot in ice water after activities (per Dr.). Any info or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Mom (MJ)


Name: Barb Zimmer
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: Illinois
Time: 1998-09-23 06:47:44
Comments: This is a wonderful site and would love to see it continue,it's helped me tremendously with PF and it's pain.

This site has felt like a second family to me.


Name: Becky
Website:
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-09-22 05:21:53
Comments: Anyone tried the new treatment Ossotron? It is for heel spur sufferers and in the middle of testing and data collection by the FDA YOu can find out about it on www.healthtronics.com. Dr. Alvarez is my doctor and I just wondered if it really works? I am in so much pain!!!


Name: Holly Mossman
Website:
Referred by: Net Search
From: NS, Canada
Time: 1998-09-22 03:57:14
Comments: Hi, just thought I'd enter my two-cents worth. I've been suffering with pf for a year which encompasses my foot and ankles, my right foot being worse than my foot. Knee pain too. I developed this painful affliction while using an air strider. Is there anyone else out there who may have developed this from the same type of exercising? Please email me if you have. Holly


Name: Kara
Website: 18,000 FreeNudiePicts
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From: San Diego
Time: 1998-06-24 00:27:01
Comments: Hi! I saw your site and thought it was great. I know how difficult it is to keep a quality site. Good Job!


Name: Rachel
Website: Flying bananas can cause serious injuries! RACHEL'S PAGE!
Referred by: Just Surfed On In
From:
Time: 1998-06-19 00:43:43
Comments: Great page! Please visit my page and the friend's page. Have a great day!




Name: homepagejump
Website: Your HomePage Wants Visitors.
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From:
Time: 1998-04-08 13:44:44
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Website: IntraSite Web Services - Low cost Web Site Hosting
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Time: 1998-03-24 21:28:00
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