Walking CastPosted by Jamie on 12/28/98 at 00:00 (002904)
I have been suffering from heel pain (PF) for almost two years. I have had sterroid injections but they only worked for a short period of time then the pain returned. I have taken a prescription anti-inflamitory drug called Arouvail and it seemed to work. I really don't like taking meds so my doc suggested that I wear a walking cast for five weeks to see if it would help. I have been in the cast for three weeks now and have two weeks to go. I have been totaly pain free. I can't remember the last time I was able to get out of the bed and walk immediately with no pain. I can now walk right down the stairs to my bathroom with no pain. My wife is happy to have her bathroom back.
The cast will be removed on January 11,1999. That day is comming very fast and I am worried about how I'll feel after the cast is removed. Will the pain come back? Will I still be able to get out the bed and immediately walk downstairs with no pain? Has anyone else had this experience. If so please let me know.
I'm dreading having to take the cast off hoping that the pain won't return.
Re: Walking CastSally T. on 12/29/98 at 00:00 (002916)
Jamie, I was in a walking cast for five weeks at the first of this year. I also had no pain at all while I wore it. I was even able to snowmobile while I had it on. I couldn't wait to see how I felt when it came off. I hate to tell you this, but it was worse than ever. Not only did my foot still hurt, but my leg muscles were very week. The ortho doctor that put the cast on was on vacation when it was time for it to come off so I saw his associate. The associate stated that he wouldn't have put me in a cast. He also told me the inserts the first doctor told me to wear were not the best ones. He said he couldn't remember what the best ones were.(Duh!) He went on to tell me there was nothing else they could do for me and I would have to heal my foot myself. He told me to stretch and sent me on my way. I requested never to see him again! I went on to have surgery which helped very little. My feet feel better now that I have taken the advice of some on this site. Far from being healed but hopefully on the way. I personally would not have another walking cast put on. I hope this helps in your decision.