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Posted by Debra on 7/26/98 at 20:29 (001067)

I have been in treatment for almost a year now. Did the c-shots, expensive grandma shoes, orthotics, stretching, icing; and now I am in physical therepy. Getting good foot massages and ultrasound, but keep hoping for releif. My pod. refuses to even discuss surgery (maybe it's time for a new pod.) He wants to try every alternative first. I have taken anti-inflamatory's, but no success. I am desparate for any kind of relief! I have been reading the message board on and off for the last week, and finding this site make me feel as though I am not alone. I really didn't realize there are so many suffers of PF. I am only 37, have two young children, and IT's JUST NOT FAIR to be suffering like this
! WHAT is NEXT???


Kismet on 7/27/98 at 08:52 (001069)

I am also 37 with two small children..have only suffered for 6 weeks but supposedly did some real damage about a week ago...tore the PF??? Anyway...rest,naproxen,icing,etc ..also Dynastep insert (Dr. Scholl) has allowed me to hobble about,can't do without shoes at all..used to be the bare foot queen. This site is a wealth of information and things others have used that have helped.We are not alone...hang in there.


Melissa on 7/27/98 at 15:05 (001071)


Sorry to hear that you are suffering so much. You are more patient than I have been. There's no way I would have been able to put up with this for a year.

I had EPF on July 6. So far, I'm recovering just fine. Everyone around me is amazed that I can get around this well only three weeks after surgery. My suggestion would be that you at least visit another doctor to see what he or she has to say about surgery. I'm also wondering if your current podiatrist is a surgeon, because not all podiatrists are surgeons. If your podiatrist is not a surgeon, that might help explain why he or she is so hesitant to recommend surgery.

Best of luck! If you have any other questions or just need to vent, feel free to e-mail me.



Cindy on 7/28/98 at 12:42 (001094)

I think you should get a second opinion re: surgery; I don't know if your dr. is a podiatrist or ortho, or what. I think a good podiatrist is your best bet - try to find one who is trained in the endoscopic procedure - most of these people can do the surgery either with the scope or traditional incision - then you can have a valuable discussion re: the pros and cons of each type of surgery. I have had this 3 years, almost. My podiatrist is in Houston is an expert in Endoscopic Fasciotomy - he has a web page (I found him thru Scott's heelspurs page) http://www.footspecialist.com If you are near Houston, I recommend him. There is also a list of other drs. trained in EPF on his page. Good luck