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In the midst of major relapse after EPF -- curious about this, too

Posted by Melissa on 8/31/98 at 17:23 (001530)

I'm very sorry to have to admit that I'm in the midst of a very painful PF relapse. I was totally pain free for three weeks after my EPF. It took three weeks to recover, then I was pain free three weeks. My relapse started a week and a half ago, and it's been getting worse ever since. The podiatrist gave me a cortisone shot last Monday and put me in a soft cast (Unna boot) for three days. The soft cast cut my pain by at least half, and it was comfortable to run around my classroom in. After three days of almost unbearable pain, I had an emergency visit to my podiatrist again today. I'm back in the soft cast until I pick up my 3-d walker from the orthotics place tomorrow or Wednesday. It goes from the toes to just below the knee has padding that covers the lower leg. It attaches with six wide velcro straps and has two heavy, thick metal bars running down each side. I have to wear it for at least three weeks. Anyone had any success with this? I wore one last year after ankle surgery, and I found it to be so comfortable that I wore it out and my nasty podiatrist (not the one I have now) accused me of being addicted to it (wore it longer than I was supposed to because it enabled me to work with very little discomfort).

Merle and Bonnie, you have my full empathy on being in the walking cast. Those things always seem to itch where you can't reach at 1 a.m.! I hope that works for you, and I hope my boot works so I don't have to join you!

Melissa