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I'm a new sufferer of heel pain.....HELP

Posted by Carla on 12/01/98 at 00:00 (002452)

Within the past two months, I have had incredible pain in the heel of my left foot. I read the 15-page article at heelspurs.com and think I have plantar fasciitis. There were so many possible solutions, but I want to ask y'all what really works? Please respond with solutions that have helped! Thanks!

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Mary on 12/01/98 at 00:00 (002455)

I am also a new sufferer, however, I have pain in both of my feet. I can be on them all day long, but at night after sitting when I get up I feel as if I am not able to walk. If I touch the area any time of the day, I do have pain though. I hope we find answers or solutions too. If I hear of anything, I will let you know.

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Bobbie on 12/01/98 at 00:00 (002458)

You have found the right web site. We are all suffering and it seems everybody reacts differently. I have suffered for three years and have tried lots of different things but so far nothing has helped much. I am presently on vacation and seem to do well when I don't have to be on my feet. However, when I go back to work I will be right back to where I started. It is so nice to find other people who understand what you are going through. Best wishes to you and keep trying everything until you find something that works for you.

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Merle on 12/01/98 at 00:00 (002461)

I wish I could tell you a pat answer for relief. Unfortunately, the thing I learned on this message board is not all feet respond the same. I have suffered for almost 3 years. I have gotten cortisone shots, night splints, orthotics, anti-inflammatories and finally this summer was in a cast for 4 weeks. Finally relief! It took a while after the cast was off, but now I'm able to go grocery shopping without intense pain. It's not completely gone and if I over do it, I can feel it. But I'm the best I've been in almost 3 years and can do some of the activities I've missed so much.

I think the secret is to keep trying different things, keep reading this message board for ideas, and Birkenstocks also have made a tremendous difference! Good Luck!

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Sharon H on 12/01/98 at 00:00 (002463)

Ditto on the above responses. One thing that has helped me is freezing water in a plastic coke or water bottle. When you are sitting at the computer (reading this message board), roll your foot back and forth on it. The pressure helps and the icing helps a lot. Good luck. You are with friends at this site.

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eileen on 12/02/98 at 00:00 (002468)

Sorry to hear that we have new member of the heel pain club, I have been dealing with pf for 3 year and have been through all the convention rx you have read about and had epf 8/97 with only fair sucess. I think as a new sufferer you must find a orthopedic or podiatrist that you trust. Hopefully with resting the feet as much as possible, ice freq to reduce the inflamation. When I was first diagnosed my orthopod sent me to physical therapy, placed me on antiinflamatories which did help a little. I was definitely the start I needed. I now live in birk sandles at home, never never go barefoot. Try to be patient , this is not something that goes away easily. I still do my stretching twice a day and notice that I am tighter if I miss a session. I am now 99.9% pain free on a daily basis , but If I over exert that can change in a second, so you alwas have to be carefull. Good luck

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Robin on 12/02/98 at 00:00 (002469)

Carla, I'm a new PF sufferer like you. This site is already contributing to making me feel far less alone in trying to resolve this condition.

I just got diagnosed with PF a couple of days ago by a podiatrist (of course, a participating specialist in my HMO) who went straight from diagnosing PF to 'seriously recommending' $300 orthotics. If you read the posts throughout this site you will find many alternatives to start with. I've been in high-arch walking shoes non-stop for several months now which lessen the pain a little. I do morning and noon calf stretches, have just bought my first pair of Spencos (which seem pretty good at first blush) and am headed to the Birkenstock store today.

One thing I have learned from reading this site is -- everyone responds differently, to the pain and to the attempted remedies. I'm also going to trying to frozen rolling coke bottle everyone talks about -- it sounds like comfort and good exercise for the feet. Being a novice at this like you -- personally, I'm going to start with the least invasive and least traumatic measures and work my way up (or down) as needed.

I'm interested in previous posts on strengthening foot muscles. This sounds logical to me. I'm going to investigate what kinds of exercises will actually strengthen foot muscles and give it a shot. Keep us posted on what works for you. Robin

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debbie on 12/03/98 at 00:00 (002483)

HI. I tried everything, even surgery on one foot which didn't help much. I then had acupuncture and am back to aerobics. I consider it a cure. Debbie

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carrie on 12/05/98 at 00:00 (002525)

How did you find the acupuncture? Is it very expensive? That shouldn't matter..when walking is so horrible

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debbie on 12/09/98 at 00:00 (002600)

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debbie on 12/09/98 at 00:00 (002601)

I found my acu dr by word of mouth. Several people recommended him. I also checked other before I decided who to go to. Prices can be high. I got lucky mine doesn't get his green card until next month so he practices in his home and is cheap. He had his own clinic in China and has several job offers here but is waiting for his card. I didn't care how much it cost. It was worth every penny. I paid 30 dollars a treatment. some insurances cover it. check yours. If you have any questions email me directly since I don't know if I will go this far into the board again. good luck. It can work. Debbie