However, there seems to be a contingent for whom recovery is more difficult -- and they (i.e., we) are probably the people still on this board.
But I myself am recovering too -- not enough to resume my former life, but without a doubt, an improvement over last year at this time. I am thrilled to pieces with every day that I have only mild pain (or sometimes no pain) in my feet).
I have posted my own regiment many times on this board -- what I am doing may not work for many people but it works for me. I strongly prefer non-invasive, non-drug therapy, so if it helps anyone, here it is again.
1. Birkenstocks -- non-stop.
2. Bromelain, 500 mg., 600 gdu, 3 times a day, sometimes 4.
3. Glucosamine, 500 mg. twice a day.
4. Only a little bit of stretching my calves once a day.
5. Stationary bike, 2 segments of 15 - 18 minutes per day.
6. Moderate low carb diet: chicken, fish, vegetables. I do eat fruits, though. I have eliminated all breads, pastas, rices, flour and wheat products and that seems to make a difference. I eat dairy, but I do not drink citrus juices. Yes, I gave gained weight as a result of PF and I am trying to lose it-- but I do not believe losing weight will cure the PF. I got PF when I was actually at a proper body weight. I work at losing it for my health but I am not killing myself over it.
Here is the result. Fall and winter 1998, I hobbled even around my house. Never took an extra step I didn't have to.
Today, I can get around for daily living routine and chores pretty easily. Am not in constant 24/7 pain. I have even been able to walk a tiny bit -- half a milehere, three quarters of a mile there. It's wonderful. It's totally inadequate compared to the 4-5 miles per day I used to walk -- but it's wonderful. And I'm praying it gets better.
My advice? Try whatever you think will work and if it doesn't, try something else. Again and again.