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Posted by Cheryl R. on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004177)

I had the 'complete release' done on 11-23 and am still having heel pain but it is getting much better. The first thing I did was go and buy a pair of Birkenstocks. Thanks to everyone who posted here about them. They help very much. The other thing is I've been going to physical therapy 3 times a week. This is only my first week and I've already noticed a big difference. The therapist tells me that the first thing that causes the heel spur is the calf muscle. When the calf muscle is tight it starts pulling on the fascia. Your body then throws calcium there to help the injury. He says most doctors try and treat the fascia and don't do anything about the calf muscle which caused the whole problem. I've started new stretching excersises for the calf muscle and the ankle and I've noticed a big improvement. I hope this helps some of you with your pain.
Thanks again for all those posts about Birkenstocks : )

Re: After surgery...

Melanie on 1/30/99 at 00:00 (004189)

I am glad to hear you are getting better. I am fairly new to this PF stuff. I have my good days & my bad days. It is always good to hear that someone is getting some relief! It makes my day a little brighter to hear of other peoples success. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. I'll be thinking of you :)

P.S. I'm glad you like the Birks :)

Re: After surgery...

Alicia on 2/04/99 at 00:00 (004487)

I also agree that tight calf muscles can affect the plantar fascia. Along with that, if you also have tight hamstrings, like I do, it can be a double whammy. So, I'm doing lots of stretches for both sets of muscles and it does help. Something that usually goes along with these tight muscles is a posterior pelvic tilt (you know, the domino effect). So I also do pelvic tilts (lying down) and have figured out how to do them standing up, too. Please ask someone who knows about these exercises how to do them. A physical therapist helped me. When I practice all this, my body weight is more centered over my feet - not just on my heels and it does help. Good luck.