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Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

Posted by Peggy on 4/23/99 at 00:00 (006262)

I have suffered with plantar fasciitis since August '98. I went to three doctors and tried many treatments, but it seems like I have found one that works since February. I went to a sport fitness doctor after all three other doctors did not know what to do. The following is the treatment that is working for me and I hope it helps some else out there. This is such a crippling conditiona and I had NO idea of even its existence.

If you want success in this you HAVE to do it FAITHFUL morning and night (this was very hard for me) and when ever you feel the pain in the day, if at work and have a fridge, you can bring ice with you in the form of a frozen bottle of water and roll your foot on it at your desk or at lunch time.

The doctor had me do the following:

-stretching exercises in the morning as if you were going jogging.
-tennis ball or rolling pin or bottles of water frozen, roll your foot on it about 15 minutes morning and night.
-You can also in addition roll your foot on a tennis ball 10 minutes;
-Then get two bags of ice or I worked with a long bag of frozen corn or two if both feet are hurting, put your BARE feet on this for 15 minutes. At first I would have to lift my foot up because it was too cold, and put it back down (for the 15 minutes).
- get tennis shoes that have good support and wear them in the day, then another pair for exercise or the evenings and transfer your orthotics each time to the shoes you are wearing. Never be without the tennis shoes, put them by your bed in case you have to get up in the night. Wear them always (I don't like doing this, but I am without pain now). The tennis shoes I have are called Oasics the O looks like a cursive I. I purchased them at a sports store and they were ($115.).

If you follow this faitfully in a couple of weeks you will be pain free. It's all important, but the ice is VERY important it helps to heal the foot and lessens the pain.

There is no guarantee that it will go away forever, so if you feel the pain in the heel coming back double up on the treatment. I don't like the time it takes and I am bored with the tennis shoes, but I now can go 20 minutes on a stationary bike, 20 minutes on the stairmaster and 20 minutes very slow 2.5 miles an hour on the treatmill, but it is something where the first thing you need to do is STOP all weight bearing exercises period until the pain is completely gone.

Last week I felt my heel getting sore again, and I was slacking off on the regime, but I got back on and now I am fine again. I too used to do the treadmill one hour 4 miles, and 40 on the treadmill, but I guess I need to settle for less until this decides to go away for good if ever.

Until this treatment helped me, I felt totally depressed and hopeless and sometimes I would think that I was on a downward slide and never be able to exercise again. Hopefully it will get to where I can accomplish more over time. My doctor told me today to take the exercising very slow and careful.

I hope this helps someone. Good Luck to you all!


Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

Danielle on 4/25/99 at 00:00 (006274)

thanks for the input. i will start trying this. i have been suffering for a year and am extremely tired of this since i am (was) an extremely active person who loved aerobics and all sports. please write to my aol address if you can i need more inspiration. i have tried the ice in a bottle thing only when it really hurts but i will try this. in fact, i will get the bottle right now and do it. i am so tired of this pain! i am going to invest in some really good shoes for work, too. and my doc too, told me not to walk without arch supports, ever, even around the house. thanks again.

Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

peggy on 4/25/99 at 00:00 (006280)

Daneille,

I tried to send you an e-mail,but it would not go through.
If you will e-mail me, I will give you all the information on the treatment I have. I am 53 years old and used to exercise 2-1/2 hours four times a week.

For me it was a matter of being faithful with the treatment even when I did not want to and yes, when I would get up at night, I would wear the tennis shoes. They also need to be the proper tennis shoes. The store I purchased mine from was started by sport fitness doctors years ago and they do know more about this condition than your average foot doctor or orthopedic specialists. I went to both and they finally admitted that they don't know how to fix it, but they all said whatever works has to be consistent and probably for the rest of your life and NONE of them recommended surgury and neither did the sport fitness doctor.

I was also told that maybe one day it will go away and you will never know why, but in the meantime, I don't have pain and the inconvenience is just a small price.

Good Luck


Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

TROY on 4/28/99 at 00:00 (006332)

please get ahold of me, i had operation and only minimal relief, i have a few questions for you on shoes!

Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

Danielle on 4/25/99 at 00:00 (006274)

thanks for the input. i will start trying this. i have been suffering for a year and am extremely tired of this since i am (was) an extremely active person who loved aerobics and all sports. please write to my aol address if you can i need more inspiration. i have tried the ice in a bottle thing only when it really hurts but i will try this. in fact, i will get the bottle right now and do it. i am so tired of this pain! i am going to invest in some really good shoes for work, too. and my doc too, told me not to walk without arch supports, ever, even around the house. thanks again.

Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

peggy on 4/25/99 at 00:00 (006280)

Daneille,

I tried to send you an e-mail,but it would not go through.
If you will e-mail me, I will give you all the information on the treatment I have. I am 53 years old and used to exercise 2-1/2 hours four times a week.

For me it was a matter of being faithful with the treatment even when I did not want to and yes, when I would get up at night, I would wear the tennis shoes. They also need to be the proper tennis shoes. The store I purchased mine from was started by sport fitness doctors years ago and they do know more about this condition than your average foot doctor or orthopedic specialists. I went to both and they finally admitted that they don't know how to fix it, but they all said whatever works has to be consistent and probably for the rest of your life and NONE of them recommended surgury and neither did the sport fitness doctor.

I was also told that maybe one day it will go away and you will never know why, but in the meantime, I don't have pain and the inconvenience is just a small price.

Good Luck


Re: Successful treatment for plantar fasciitis

TROY on 4/28/99 at 00:00 (006332)

please get ahold of me, i had operation and only minimal relief, i have a few questions for you on shoes!