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Desperate for help

Posted by Kathy D on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017142)

Can anyone give suggestions on what options I have left before commiting to surgery. I've suffered with PF for two years and have had six steroid injections, Taken Naisds, Had orthodics made, Have had physical therapy, Stretching and iceing nightly all with no positive results. When I contacted healthtronics in Jan.2000 they told me that I had missed the clinical trials and now wonder if I can hold out until the ossatron is approved. I was scheduled for surgery in Feb.2000 but canceled hoping to find other alternitives, I feel like this message is my last hope before commiting to surgery. Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful.
Thanks,
Kathy

Re: Desperate for help

BJC on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017144)

Hang in there! While you may not like the option of surgery, it may be an excellent solution to your problem. In a nutshell, I am 7 1/2 weeks post op EPF, and am doing everything! Yesterday I walked in the woods and along the beach of our lake. I can also wear regular shoes - no orthotics, and can walk barefoot. My dr. has said that once the fascia is cut, there is no further occurrence of that problem (if tight fascia IS the problem). So, while I tried a lot of things before the surgery, I am glad I made the decision. I will not hesitate to have the other foor done if necessary. I have posted many times in the past few weeks, so if you want more info you can search. Good luck!

Re: Desperate for help

wendyn on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017148)

Six steriod injections in each foot? That's twice as many as recommended to most of us. I think that's probably enough steroids.

Has your doctor ruled out any other problems (have you had blood work, xrays, bone scans etc to confirm that the only problem is PF?)

You sound like you've just seen the one doctor - you may want to consider another opinion (preferably from a foot ankle orthapedic).

A second opinion before ANY type of surgery is always a good idea.


Re: Desperate for help

Kathy D on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017150)

Wendyn,
Thanks for your reply, Yes I have had blood work, x-rays and a bone scan done which was positive. I have talked to my family Dr. about another opinion, This poditrist made me orthodics that I can't wear and when I took them back and asked him to redo or fix them he said he couldn't because of my positive bone scan that know matter what he did they would probably always hurt. I'm on my 5th week of pt, They do ultrasound with cortisone and my feet felt better for about two weeks but now I'm back to the same pain as before. Do you have any info on the ossatron, When it will be available?
Thanks,
Kathy

Re: Desperate for help

wendyn on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017155)

When you say your bone scan was positive - positive for what?

No, I don't have any info on ossatron - I don't really follow it because I'm not a candidate (TTS).


Re: Desperate for help

Kathy on 3/12/00 at 00:00 (017157)

Positive for bone spurs that have fractured and Pod. said because I've walked funny for so long that I might have fractured the arch. I've worn an air cast ( boot with velcro staps) for a month but it didn't help.

Re: Desperate for help

Mike W on 3/12/00 at 00:00 (017165)

Hello Kathy,

My name is Mike Wilmot and I am a physical therapist and former chronic sufferer of PF and Principal of Personal Foot Trainers.

Orthotics, NSAIDS, Steroid Injections, Night Splints, Icing, Physical Therapy, ESTW and Surgery are all effective at treating the symptoms of pain and inflammation but all fail to address the cause of PF or prevent it from recurring. This is why PF can take so long to overcome and why the pain goes from a 10 to a 2 but never goes away 100% for many people like yourself.

Stretching is not enough and you are probably not including many of the muscles that have related tendons that either attach to or pass through/around the heel or toe bones.

The only natural way to address biomechanical imbalances and reduce tension on inflammed tendons (the underlying causes)is by improving the strength and flexibility of the lower leg muscles.

You have not tried everything and the most important element of (addressing the cause of PF) if you do not improve the strength and flexibility of these muscles!

You ice(how long? more than 10 minutes is incorrect) and stretch nightly which is ok. The most important and effective time to stretch and strengthen cold LL muscles is before your first weight bearing step in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. If you do not then you are reinjuring yourself daily.

I hope that this will give you some hope.

Regards,
Mike Wilmot http://www.heelspurs.com/a/pft/ email (email removed)


Re: Desperate for help

florina s on 3/13/00 at 00:00 (017205)

It has been a year since I start having pain in both feet. I had 2 cortizone shots in both feet but, it did not help for long. I am wearing New Balance shoes for the past 6 months day and night. The shoes help but, not 100%. Also every night I take a hot bath and I apply Ice and Hot cream on both feet (I buy it from the dollar store, $1.00 each jar) then I wear thick socks to bed. In the morning I rub my feet a few times before I go to work. At work I try to sit as much as possible. I am not cured but this is the best that I can do. I do not want surgery yet. Tommorrow I am going to see a chiropractic specialist and I will let you know how I feel after a few sessions. Try the above and see if they work for you.

Re: Desperate for help

Kathy on 3/13/00 at 00:00 (017212)

Florina,
Thanks for the advice, I've been wearing new balance shoes for about 9 months now but not to bed, I've bought tape to tape feet but not sure how to do it. I'll try the icy hot what do I have to loose. I've contacted the sonorex people and they will be opening a clinic about an hour away from me in about a month so now all I need to do is scrape together the 500.00 it will cost for the treatment.
Thanks again,
Kathy
P.S. anyone have ideas how to tape feet?

Re: Desperate for help

BJC on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017144)

Hang in there! While you may not like the option of surgery, it may be an excellent solution to your problem. In a nutshell, I am 7 1/2 weeks post op EPF, and am doing everything! Yesterday I walked in the woods and along the beach of our lake. I can also wear regular shoes - no orthotics, and can walk barefoot. My dr. has said that once the fascia is cut, there is no further occurrence of that problem (if tight fascia IS the problem). So, while I tried a lot of things before the surgery, I am glad I made the decision. I will not hesitate to have the other foor done if necessary. I have posted many times in the past few weeks, so if you want more info you can search. Good luck!

Re: Desperate for help

wendyn on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017148)

Six steriod injections in each foot? That's twice as many as recommended to most of us. I think that's probably enough steroids.

Has your doctor ruled out any other problems (have you had blood work, xrays, bone scans etc to confirm that the only problem is PF?)

You sound like you've just seen the one doctor - you may want to consider another opinion (preferably from a foot ankle orthapedic).

A second opinion before ANY type of surgery is always a good idea.


Re: Desperate for help

Kathy D on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017150)

Wendyn,
Thanks for your reply, Yes I have had blood work, x-rays and a bone scan done which was positive. I have talked to my family Dr. about another opinion, This poditrist made me orthodics that I can't wear and when I took them back and asked him to redo or fix them he said he couldn't because of my positive bone scan that know matter what he did they would probably always hurt. I'm on my 5th week of pt, They do ultrasound with cortisone and my feet felt better for about two weeks but now I'm back to the same pain as before. Do you have any info on the ossatron, When it will be available?
Thanks,
Kathy

Re: Desperate for help

wendyn on 3/11/00 at 00:00 (017155)

When you say your bone scan was positive - positive for what?

No, I don't have any info on ossatron - I don't really follow it because I'm not a candidate (TTS).


Re: Desperate for help

Kathy on 3/12/00 at 00:00 (017157)

Positive for bone spurs that have fractured and Pod. said because I've walked funny for so long that I might have fractured the arch. I've worn an air cast ( boot with velcro staps) for a month but it didn't help.

Re: Desperate for help

Mike W on 3/12/00 at 00:00 (017165)

Hello Kathy,

My name is Mike Wilmot and I am a physical therapist and former chronic sufferer of PF and Principal of Personal Foot Trainers.

Orthotics, NSAIDS, Steroid Injections, Night Splints, Icing, Physical Therapy, ESTW and Surgery are all effective at treating the symptoms of pain and inflammation but all fail to address the cause of PF or prevent it from recurring. This is why PF can take so long to overcome and why the pain goes from a 10 to a 2 but never goes away 100% for many people like yourself.

Stretching is not enough and you are probably not including many of the muscles that have related tendons that either attach to or pass through/around the heel or toe bones.

The only natural way to address biomechanical imbalances and reduce tension on inflammed tendons (the underlying causes)is by improving the strength and flexibility of the lower leg muscles.

You have not tried everything and the most important element of (addressing the cause of PF) if you do not improve the strength and flexibility of these muscles!

You ice(how long? more than 10 minutes is incorrect) and stretch nightly which is ok. The most important and effective time to stretch and strengthen cold LL muscles is before your first weight bearing step in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. If you do not then you are reinjuring yourself daily.

I hope that this will give you some hope.

Regards,
Mike Wilmot http://www.heelspurs.com/a/pft/ email (email removed)


Re: Desperate for help

florina s on 3/13/00 at 00:00 (017205)

It has been a year since I start having pain in both feet. I had 2 cortizone shots in both feet but, it did not help for long. I am wearing New Balance shoes for the past 6 months day and night. The shoes help but, not 100%. Also every night I take a hot bath and I apply Ice and Hot cream on both feet (I buy it from the dollar store, $1.00 each jar) then I wear thick socks to bed. In the morning I rub my feet a few times before I go to work. At work I try to sit as much as possible. I am not cured but this is the best that I can do. I do not want surgery yet. Tommorrow I am going to see a chiropractic specialist and I will let you know how I feel after a few sessions. Try the above and see if they work for you.

Re: Desperate for help

Kathy on 3/13/00 at 00:00 (017212)

Florina,
Thanks for the advice, I've been wearing new balance shoes for about 9 months now but not to bed, I've bought tape to tape feet but not sure how to do it. I'll try the icy hot what do I have to loose. I've contacted the sonorex people and they will be opening a clinic about an hour away from me in about a month so now all I need to do is scrape together the 500.00 it will cost for the treatment.
Thanks again,
Kathy
P.S. anyone have ideas how to tape feet?