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Anyone have these symptoms?

Posted by Flo on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005485)

I have pf in both feet and Tarsal tunnel in the right. I have lots of stairs in my home and they present the greatest challenge..coming down that is.

When I walk down a flight of steps, I have to do so placing my foot (the right one) down flat. It has virtually no flexibility as far as a normal walk down the stairs. I'm sure this must aggravate the pf since it causes all of my weight to fall on that one foot with each step. I have started the exercises to see if this help.

Do any of you experience difficulty, and having to walk 'funny' while coming down steps?


Re: Anyone have these symptoms?

Sandra Z on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005495)

Yes! A physical therapist told me I walk wrong, especially on stairs. Start UP the stairs and freeze just after your foot lands on the next stair. Is the knee of your higher foot directly over your ankle and toe? It should be. My knee was pointing in, toward my other leg, then swinging out, which torqued the plantar fascia. The weird thing was, I didn't have pain going up, only down. I have been doing exercises to strenghten my butt muscles (which will keep my knee in line) and concentrating on walking and climbing stairs with my knees straight, and stretching my calves, and now I can walk normally down the stairs. Good luck! I recommend you see a sports medicine physical therapist and have your gait analyzed.

Re: Anyone have these symptoms?

Rosemary on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005510)

I wrote a long message on 1-24-99 titled 'My Best Effort at Helping You'. I included comments about difficulty walking down steps. I think you would find it interesting.

Re: Anyone have these symptoms?

Sandra Z on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005495)

Yes! A physical therapist told me I walk wrong, especially on stairs. Start UP the stairs and freeze just after your foot lands on the next stair. Is the knee of your higher foot directly over your ankle and toe? It should be. My knee was pointing in, toward my other leg, then swinging out, which torqued the plantar fascia. The weird thing was, I didn't have pain going up, only down. I have been doing exercises to strenghten my butt muscles (which will keep my knee in line) and concentrating on walking and climbing stairs with my knees straight, and stretching my calves, and now I can walk normally down the stairs. Good luck! I recommend you see a sports medicine physical therapist and have your gait analyzed.

Re: Anyone have these symptoms?

Rosemary on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005510)

I wrote a long message on 1-24-99 titled 'My Best Effort at Helping You'. I included comments about difficulty walking down steps. I think you would find it interesting.