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Looking for options and advice for Plantar Fascitis

Posted by Michelle on 1/28/99 at 00:00 (004095)

I am 23 years old and I have PF in boot feet along w/bunions that are not causing any pain yet

My heel spurs are small but very painful. I have went to physical therapy since Thanksgiving and that only helped when I was going 3 times a week. Now I am going to a foot Dr. and he put a cast on my left foot for 2 weeks because it is worse then the right. I also had to order a night split. It seems like nothing is working. I hear the magnets work really well. I am looking for any and all suggestions on treatments.

Re: Looking for options and advice for Plantar Fascitis

Dayna on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004118)

1) Orthotics/inserts, try OTC but don't rule out custom orthotics
2) Supportive shoes (I live in laceups) that are professionally fitted by someone who knows how to do it, not Foot Locker, Kenney, Baker, etc. Look at their selection, if you don't see lots of 'old-lady navy blue Ugly shoes' along with the pretty dressy ones, keep going (no disrespect intended to those people of advancing years).
3) NEVER go barefoot, NEVER EVER AGAIN, at least not until this is under control. Put your shoes on before you get out of bed, leave them on until you get into bed. Wear an arch support band or ace bandage in the shower even, the slightest little thing could reinjure you, expecially at first.
4) Ice to relieve swelling and pain.
5) Keep coming to the board, and let us know how you're doing, we care.

Re: Looking for options and advice for Plantar Fascitis

Lynn on 1/29/99 at 00:00 (004155)

I've been suffering with PF for almost a year now in my left foot.
I haven't tried orthotics yet, but live in 'New Balance' shoes, which were highly recommended from my podiatrist. I have noticed that by stretching my calf muscles in the morning and evening, and rolling my foot up and down on a rolling pin every other night is helping tremendously. (use as much pressure as you can stand)