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Suffering the PF Pain

Posted by LauraD on 10/16/99 at 00:00 (011765)

Glad I found this site! No one in my family understands the pain I am constantly in. I've been through the shots, therapy, night boot....nothing has helped. My Dr. has recommended surgery. Read all the posts about surgery. Doesn't soud reasurring. I've only been dealing with this for about a year. Problem is I've put on so much weight since this all started. God I want to get out and walk but just can't. So, suggestions anyone. What else haven't I tried that is available? Would you recommend surgery after only 1 year of this problem?

Re: Suffering the PF Pain

Robin B. on 10/16/99 at 00:00 (011772)

Laura, you are in the right place. I have had PF for about 1.5 years now, and I found this board last November. I must admit, when I first found the board, I was in chronic pain with my feet. Now, almost a year later, I am a lot better. In fact, I used to be a distance walker (5 miles a day, relentlessly) until PF.

I 'walked through the pain' (stupidly) for too long and then when the PF really struck, it damaged my feet seriously. But I did quit walking. I too have gained weight and am trying my best to get it off. I use a stationery bike -- it's a little tough because I have also had a ripped knee ligament, so I must do 15 minutes two or three times a day instead of all at once.

Anyway, regarding surgery -- I would sure try as many other things as you can. I even consulted an orthopedic specialist who said surgery was a final final final last resort. I have found that what works for me doesn't seem to work for too many people on this board -- but I CAN tell you that it's worth a lot of trial and error to find out what works for you.

Here's what I do: 1) I am a Birkenstock fanatic -- I have 6 pairs and I wear them constantly. They have reduced my pain a lot. 2) I take bromelain everyday, 1500 mg., 1800 gdu's, on an empty stomach. 3) I follow a low carb diet, not nearly as religiously as many who have posted on this board -- but sufficiently. I do not eat wheat and flour products -- no breads, pasta, rice, no junk food snacks, etc. I eat considerable protein (fish and chicken mostly) and vegetables and greens -- and I do eat fruits, unlike a lot of low-carb people. I also exercise aerobically on a stationary bike, and I think that helps a lot.

I have not found much success with stretching, but most people here have. I guess the point is -- keep trying other things until you find a combination that gives you some relief.There are so many options available.

By the way, I stopped walking for exercise in May 1998. Today, I took my first mini-walk. It was only about 1/2 a mile, but I could do it without my feet hurting and to me it was wonderful. Don't give up. There's a remedy for everyone.


Re: Suffering the PF Pain

LauraD on 10/17/99 at 00:00 (011785)

Thanks for the post, Robin. Ironically, I just started my low carb
diet Friday. Two people at work have done it for 4 weeks not and
seem to be doing great. I had also read about others taking the pancreatin to help digestion. Well, I've been on Creon (an enzyme) for 3 years now -- I have chrnonic pancreatitis. So, I assume I'm doing fine with the digestion bit

The stretching does not seem to work for me. None of the anti inflamatories work either. Lori from AZ (who posts in this board) has recommended accupuncture. I think I'm going to give that a try.

Keep the chin up everyone! Good luck to those recovering from their sugery.


Re: Suffering the PF Pain

Lee H on 10/19/99 at 00:00 (011822)

Hi Laura, I seem to be in the same place as you. I have had Pf for over a year now and have done just about everything and now considering surgery. Just finished 8 weeks in PT with no results. Have an appointment with an orthopedic foot surgeon in Nov. This is doctor number 4. My physical therapist believes surgery is my only option. I really would like to look into Ossatron before deciding surgery is answer. I don't know about you but a year with Pf is way too long for me. I need to get rid of it and nothing I have tried is helping at all. I think I have to take action and go for either the surgery or Ossatron. Keep us posted on on your next course of action and I will do the same. Good Luck.

Re: Suffering the PF Pain

Robin B. on 10/16/99 at 00:00 (011772)

Laura, you are in the right place. I have had PF for about 1.5 years now, and I found this board last November. I must admit, when I first found the board, I was in chronic pain with my feet. Now, almost a year later, I am a lot better. In fact, I used to be a distance walker (5 miles a day, relentlessly) until PF.

I 'walked through the pain' (stupidly) for too long and then when the PF really struck, it damaged my feet seriously. But I did quit walking. I too have gained weight and am trying my best to get it off. I use a stationery bike -- it's a little tough because I have also had a ripped knee ligament, so I must do 15 minutes two or three times a day instead of all at once.

Anyway, regarding surgery -- I would sure try as many other things as you can. I even consulted an orthopedic specialist who said surgery was a final final final last resort. I have found that what works for me doesn't seem to work for too many people on this board -- but I CAN tell you that it's worth a lot of trial and error to find out what works for you.

Here's what I do: 1) I am a Birkenstock fanatic -- I have 6 pairs and I wear them constantly. They have reduced my pain a lot. 2) I take bromelain everyday, 1500 mg., 1800 gdu's, on an empty stomach. 3) I follow a low carb diet, not nearly as religiously as many who have posted on this board -- but sufficiently. I do not eat wheat and flour products -- no breads, pasta, rice, no junk food snacks, etc. I eat considerable protein (fish and chicken mostly) and vegetables and greens -- and I do eat fruits, unlike a lot of low-carb people. I also exercise aerobically on a stationary bike, and I think that helps a lot.

I have not found much success with stretching, but most people here have. I guess the point is -- keep trying other things until you find a combination that gives you some relief.There are so many options available.

By the way, I stopped walking for exercise in May 1998. Today, I took my first mini-walk. It was only about 1/2 a mile, but I could do it without my feet hurting and to me it was wonderful. Don't give up. There's a remedy for everyone.


Re: Suffering the PF Pain

LauraD on 10/17/99 at 00:00 (011785)

Thanks for the post, Robin. Ironically, I just started my low carb
diet Friday. Two people at work have done it for 4 weeks not and
seem to be doing great. I had also read about others taking the pancreatin to help digestion. Well, I've been on Creon (an enzyme) for 3 years now -- I have chrnonic pancreatitis. So, I assume I'm doing fine with the digestion bit

The stretching does not seem to work for me. None of the anti inflamatories work either. Lori from AZ (who posts in this board) has recommended accupuncture. I think I'm going to give that a try.

Keep the chin up everyone! Good luck to those recovering from their sugery.


Re: Suffering the PF Pain

Lee H on 10/19/99 at 00:00 (011822)

Hi Laura, I seem to be in the same place as you. I have had Pf for over a year now and have done just about everything and now considering surgery. Just finished 8 weeks in PT with no results. Have an appointment with an orthopedic foot surgeon in Nov. This is doctor number 4. My physical therapist believes surgery is my only option. I really would like to look into Ossatron before deciding surgery is answer. I don't know about you but a year with Pf is way too long for me. I need to get rid of it and nothing I have tried is helping at all. I think I have to take action and go for either the surgery or Ossatron. Keep us posted on on your next course of action and I will do the same. Good Luck.