Frustrated in NCPosted by Lynne on 2/02/99 at 00:00 (004403)
I have had PF since April. I went to a podiatrist and after getting no where there I went to see a orthopedic doctor today. I do not have the classic symptoms as in my feet do not hurt when I first get up they hurt more after I have been on them. He wants to send me to have a bone scan to be sure I do not have a stress fracture and then maybe to have a MRI to check the nerves. I was just wondering if anyone has had this done. Will be interested in getting your responses.
Re: Frustrated in NCRobin on 1/24/99 at 00:00 (003817)
Hi Lynne. I have spoken with both a podiatrist and an orthopedic surgeon about PF. Neither rated a 10 from me, but --
The podiatrist was very cavalier. Diagnosed PF (which I already knew), suggested I try an over-the-counter arch support and if that didn't work, he would make me $350 custom orthotics. When I asked him if that was all he could suggest, he said it was.
The ortho surgeon I spoke with said -- right off the bat -- DON'T let anyone operate on your feet. Absolutely the last resort he said. I think that orthopods may be far more willing than podiatrists to try a wide range of remedies and treatment methods. I think they are used to this approach in dealing with other orthopedic issues.
Overall ,however, there appears to be no one remedy that works for everyone. You just have to keep trying till you find the right combination.
Re: Frustrated in NCBobbie on 2/02/99 at 00:00 (004405)
I have both. Hurts like hell when I get up but also hurts as the day progresses. Only relief I get is sitting in the recliner all day. Not a life I would choose and since I have to work, not a life I can afford either. I have been suffering for over 3 years and truly have not found much relief. As I posted earlier, I had the nerve tests and they didn't really show anything. Now I await an MRI of my lower back which probably wont show anything either. I have had a bad day today and am in pain so I am afraid I am not being too positive. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope you can find something to get rid of your pain.
Re: Frustrated in NCLaura Dickson on 2/02/99 at 00:00 (004410)
I have been in pain for about a year and a half. I am a ups dirver and my work is suffering bad. Last week my podiatrist diagnosed that i have a stress fracture and put a walking cast on me. Needless to say i'm off work for 3-6 weeks. I have had no relief at all with cortizone shots, custom orthotics & my foot still hurts really bad in a cast. I feel doomed. Any suggestions?
Re: Frustrated in NCLaura on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004411)
I have been in pain for about a year and a half. I am a ups driver and my work is suffering bad. At the end of my day i can barely walk. Last week my podiatrist diagnosed that i have a stress fracture and put a walking cast on me. Needless to say i'm off work for 3-6 weeks. I have had no relief at all with cortizone shots, custom orthotics & my foot still hurts really bad in a cast. I feel doomed. Any suggestions?
Re: Frustrated in NCSue on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004412)
I was fitted with a cork Birk insert two weeks ago. The nurse expressed surprise when I commented that my PF hurts more as the day progresses. She indicated that I show go to a podiatrist as PF only hurts in the morning. I posted this on the message board about four days ago and received many responses indicating it's a 24 hr pain.
Re: Frustrated in NCElise on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004423)
My PF gets worse as the day progresses, and the pain is related to how much I have been on it all day. I have had just about every test - x-ray, MRI of my feet, MRI of my lower back, nerve EMG tests. The MRI of my feet showed minor inflammation, but nothing to explain my level of pain. The MRI of my back and the EMG were also inconclusive.
Re: Frustrated in NCsuzi on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004424)
Elise, welcome to the club
! These doctors should pay US to go through all these needless tests
The only way these tests can help is if they detect a tumor in the foot or leg. Otherwise, they tell us there's inflamation and send us on our merry way, and tell us to do what we already know, stretch, ice and take anti-inflamitories..... what a nightmare
Re: Frustrated in NCAlicia on 2/03/99 at 00:00 (004449)
I also do not have the classic morning pain. My PF gets worse the more I am on my feet. I've never had MRI's - only x-rays about 8 years ago when it all started. My dad was an MD - had heel spurs. He did x-rays of my feet when the PF started, but found nothing. I'll be interested to hear what you find.
Re: Frustrated in NCDayna on 2/04/99 at 00:00 (004462)
You don't have to be positive for us, we've all been there where the next person who tells us to 'cheer up and stop being so negative' is Positively Going To Get A Fat Lip. If you need to moan, scream, whine, complain, gripe, cry, whimper, whatever, this is the place, because we all understand, you're among friends here. I'm sure you know about ice and inserts. Many people here swear by Birkenstock sandals and/or shoes and/or inserts. I can't speak for them either way, my particular brand of PF keeps me in tight lace-up shoes 23 1/2 hours a day, I only get out of them for showering (I have other shoes for that and I sit in the tub). Good luck and keep us informed, read back in the posts when you have some time, they go back a long way so be selective and don't try to read everything.
Re: Frustrated in NCLynne on 2/07/99 at 00:00 (004615)
I had my bone scan to see if I had a stress fracture - it came back negative. I am going to see if I can have my MRI done before I return to him on Thursday. I will keep you updated