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Thank you to all who responded!!!

Posted by dfeet on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017845)

Thanks especially to Johnh, MattL, Pookie, and Wendyn! It was comforting to see a sincere sharing of helpful info. I'm not a good typist and don't get on line very often, so I miss a bit. My tts was confirmed through EMG testing and a neurological evaluation combined with clinical signs and symptoms coordinated with an MRI. The MRI showed positve signs of PF and flexor hallicus synovitis. The podiatrist was quick to recommend surgery for the tts, claiming that it was a simple operation. Subsequently , I went to an Orthopaedist who is vehemently against surgery. I did some detective work on my own and emphatically agree-NO SURGERY!! THe success rate is less than 5% even with a highly qualified surgeon(pubmed.com). I've had multiple injections of corticosteroids with only temporary relief. PT affords me the most relief,ie, approximately 2 days of tolerable pain. I am self employed, and cannot afford to rest for any extended amount of time.

PT consists of phonophoresis(ultrasound with a penetrating corticosteroid cream), stretching and strengthing(calf stretches, toe raises, theraband, hands on manipulation). I've developed an irritation of my sciatic nerve due to my compromised gait. THe PT has me in traction and lots of back exercises. The PT does a lot of deep massage also with an anti-inflam. cream. This combination seems to help the most. I get frustrated because it only seems to be a temporary fix. Although ,I have seen an improvement in my nig httime cramping of my foot. It now occurs infequently and only if I've had an exceptionally busy day on my feet.
Has anyone experienced foot cramping? It was so severe at one time that it consistently woke me up out of a sound sleep for over two months!
It is my understanding that the earlier that a diagnosis can be made for tts(or PF for that matter), the better the prognosis. Mine unfortunately was not dx'd for quite some time and I still don't know if I'm doing all I can to get well-orthotics, nightsplints , PT, anti-inflams., etc.
My first symptoms of tts consisted of my toes wanting to curl spontaneously. Then the burning. Then the gnawing pain especially at night. Then the foot cramping. ETC. ETC. If anyone has experienced these symptoms have your Doc re-evaluate your condition to rule out tts immediately!
Good luck to all. THank you for you input!


Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

Scott R on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017846)

This is so funny. I know ya'll probably don't see the humor, but John H, i beleive it was, posted an URL after all my tests that were supposed to confirm that my programming would automatically convert http:// into a link. On the very first try, John posted a link at the end of the message and didn't hit carriage return and thereby found a hole in my programming. So I went pack and fixed that. The next time john posted it was to an https:// address (note the 's') so it didn't work. I went back and fixed that by making it work on any htt or http://www . thinking there are no words with those sequences of characters. Now dfeet has taught me that nig httime does indeed exist.

Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

wendyn on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017848)

Sounds like you've done it all....my only last suggestions would be perhaps acupuncture and B12 supplements and maybe give Birkenstocks a try.

I've had some wicked foot cramps too, but things seemed to have settled right down for the time being.

Thank God!


Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

john h on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017855)

i have certainly experienced foot cramping (along the large ligiment or fascia band that runs from big toe to heel). really hurts. the way i stop it is to quickly stretch out the ligiment/fascoa bu pulling up and back on the great toe and holding it tight for a few moments.

Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

john a on 3/28/00 at 00:00 (017919)

Yes, humorous it is indeed. I am a software engineer by day, and well I know the futility of being able to uncover bugs in one's own code. ( And, BTW, it was me, john a, who you were refering to.)

Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

Scott R on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017846)

This is so funny. I know ya'll probably don't see the humor, but John H, i beleive it was, posted an URL after all my tests that were supposed to confirm that my programming would automatically convert http:// into a link. On the very first try, John posted a link at the end of the message and didn't hit carriage return and thereby found a hole in my programming. So I went pack and fixed that. The next time john posted it was to an https:// address (note the 's') so it didn't work. I went back and fixed that by making it work on any htt or http://www . thinking there are no words with those sequences of characters. Now dfeet has taught me that nig httime does indeed exist.

Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

wendyn on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017848)

Sounds like you've done it all....my only last suggestions would be perhaps acupuncture and B12 supplements and maybe give Birkenstocks a try.

I've had some wicked foot cramps too, but things seemed to have settled right down for the time being.

Thank God!


Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

john h on 3/26/00 at 00:00 (017855)

i have certainly experienced foot cramping (along the large ligiment or fascia band that runs from big toe to heel). really hurts. the way i stop it is to quickly stretch out the ligiment/fascoa bu pulling up and back on the great toe and holding it tight for a few moments.

Re: Thank you to all who responded!!!

john a on 3/28/00 at 00:00 (017919)

Yes, humorous it is indeed. I am a software engineer by day, and well I know the futility of being able to uncover bugs in one's own code. ( And, BTW, it was me, john a, who you were refering to.)