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Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Posted by Maggi on 10/12/99 at 00:00 (011673)

...my foot has been hurting for the past 3 months or so, right at the inside edge of my heel at first but now it gets worse over the course of the day so that by the time I go home from work it feels like someone is sticking me in the heel with a screwdriver. I finally went to my family practice physician, who did a few x rays and decided that I have PF. So, now that I have a name for it...it has progressed to the point where I am adjusting my gait, my ankle hurts, the back of my heel burns, and if I sit down for even 10 minutes I get the entire 'first step' experience all over again. Now, for the problem...I'm a mechanic, I work on my feet all day long around heavy machinery. My doctor suggested that I try 'physical medicine' first, before she would send me to an orthopedist, but I don't know how much longer I can stand this, it doesn't get any better with time and right now my heel hurts so bad I feel like crying. Any suggestions as to my first course of action?

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Brad B on 10/12/99 at 00:00 (011677)

Hey I'm in the same boat, I work 12-hour days, 4 on then 4 off. This hurts don't it!! I'm new around this stuff and don't know too much. I'd bet you have strong calves so stretch them out before you get up in the morning good and prior to getting out of the chair on those 10-min. breaks.
You need to see a foot specialist I'd say. A Podiatrist. But until you get in, use a little Ibuprofen to control inflammation as well as Ice that baby down after those long days. I myself am wearing 'air-cushioned' tennis shoes which seem to help. I have flat-feet so I am going to put arch-supports into my work boots but only IF I decide to wear them at work (I may wear the tennies).
Good luck, I think this site is a good place to start. Treatment should follow a Doctors advice I'd say, and I think we'll have to work at it to lick this thing.

Brad


Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Tom on 10/12/99 at 00:00 (011680)

I work on concrete and understand fully. The advice on this board
is excellent and I'll repeat some of it. Never go barefoot-even
at home. I wear SAS shoes with a footbed purchased from an orthopedic shoe store (SAS footbeds too hard) that costs about $20. I've wasted plenty of money on walmart inserts. I use celebrex, ice (small water-filled plastic bottle), and stretching -- it helps some. Heavyweight tube type socks helps also. My pain is when standing primarly-- it seems there are many forms of PF and what works for one may cause problems for another. Take it slow and learn all you can.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Jane N on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011685)

You might want to ask about a bone scan. It could also be a stress fracture in your heel which doesn't usually show up on a regular xray. Good Luck!

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Jane B. on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011690)

I understand completely. I would do both. Seek out an orthopedic who specializes in feet or a highly recommended podiatrist. I would also do Physical Therapy. The combination of 2 specialists working on your feet is better than one. Nip it in the bud. Do everything they tell you and follow it...Do all the exercises without excuse. Don't delay. Best Wishes.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

rosemarie P on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011700)

Hi Tom Thanks for your comments on PF. My Dr diagnosed my symptoms
I beleive corectly. Also work on concrete 12-14 hrs 5 days,we have a s general store in the carolinas. First time thought I had some terrible skin problem, itching, burning sensations nothing releived it. Dr says stretching which i do also stopped walking and now bike.
Still have to work, today is the fourth day of pain flareup.ice is good. research on net to find any help.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

SharonH on 10/16/99 at 00:00 (011780)

I am checking the board after being painfree for almost a year and now my feet are hurting again. My tips for a new person to this terrible ailment: I used ice in a water/pop bottle. Roll your foot on it when you are sitting at the computer. It stretches your foot and reduces the inflammation. I also take 500 mg of Naproxen once or twice a day. I have kept up the once a day pill for a year but think I better start back on the twice a day for awhile. Wearing Birkstenstock sandals and shoes religiously for the past year seemed to help a lot. The shoes really helped because they also kept my foot more rigid. I tried the night splints, the orthotics in my tennis shoes, etc. but I found that ice, pain medication, and the Birks seemed to be the best for me. I am also overweight which doesn't help a lot. I don't know why I have had this flareup. I am also looking for any new ideas. Keep the faith. Prayers work wonders. Sharon

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Brad B on 10/12/99 at 00:00 (011677)

Hey I'm in the same boat, I work 12-hour days, 4 on then 4 off. This hurts don't it!! I'm new around this stuff and don't know too much. I'd bet you have strong calves so stretch them out before you get up in the morning good and prior to getting out of the chair on those 10-min. breaks.
You need to see a foot specialist I'd say. A Podiatrist. But until you get in, use a little Ibuprofen to control inflammation as well as Ice that baby down after those long days. I myself am wearing 'air-cushioned' tennis shoes which seem to help. I have flat-feet so I am going to put arch-supports into my work boots but only IF I decide to wear them at work (I may wear the tennies).
Good luck, I think this site is a good place to start. Treatment should follow a Doctors advice I'd say, and I think we'll have to work at it to lick this thing.

Brad


Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Tom on 10/12/99 at 00:00 (011680)

I work on concrete and understand fully. The advice on this board
is excellent and I'll repeat some of it. Never go barefoot-even
at home. I wear SAS shoes with a footbed purchased from an orthopedic shoe store (SAS footbeds too hard) that costs about $20. I've wasted plenty of money on walmart inserts. I use celebrex, ice (small water-filled plastic bottle), and stretching -- it helps some. Heavyweight tube type socks helps also. My pain is when standing primarly-- it seems there are many forms of PF and what works for one may cause problems for another. Take it slow and learn all you can.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Jane N on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011685)

You might want to ask about a bone scan. It could also be a stress fracture in your heel which doesn't usually show up on a regular xray. Good Luck!

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

Jane B. on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011690)

I understand completely. I would do both. Seek out an orthopedic who specializes in feet or a highly recommended podiatrist. I would also do Physical Therapy. The combination of 2 specialists working on your feet is better than one. Nip it in the bud. Do everything they tell you and follow it...Do all the exercises without excuse. Don't delay. Best Wishes.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

rosemarie P on 10/13/99 at 00:00 (011700)

Hi Tom Thanks for your comments on PF. My Dr diagnosed my symptoms
I beleive corectly. Also work on concrete 12-14 hrs 5 days,we have a s general store in the carolinas. First time thought I had some terrible skin problem, itching, burning sensations nothing releived it. Dr says stretching which i do also stopped walking and now bike.
Still have to work, today is the fourth day of pain flareup.ice is good. research on net to find any help.

Re: Ooh, my foot HURTS...

SharonH on 10/16/99 at 00:00 (011780)

I am checking the board after being painfree for almost a year and now my feet are hurting again. My tips for a new person to this terrible ailment: I used ice in a water/pop bottle. Roll your foot on it when you are sitting at the computer. It stretches your foot and reduces the inflammation. I also take 500 mg of Naproxen once or twice a day. I have kept up the once a day pill for a year but think I better start back on the twice a day for awhile. Wearing Birkstenstock sandals and shoes religiously for the past year seemed to help a lot. The shoes really helped because they also kept my foot more rigid. I tried the night splints, the orthotics in my tennis shoes, etc. but I found that ice, pain medication, and the Birks seemed to be the best for me. I am also overweight which doesn't help a lot. I don't know why I have had this flareup. I am also looking for any new ideas. Keep the faith. Prayers work wonders. Sharon