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Plantar Fibromatosis?

Posted by Bryan on 4/22/00 at 00:00 (019218)

I am fed up with my feet. I am starting to think that there is no cure. I have been 'diagnosed' with plantar fibromatosis, but after looking around on some web sites that doesn't seem like what is wrong with me.

It all started when I was 10 years old. I was playing little league football, and by the time practice was over, I was literally CRAWLING around at home crying because I was in so much pain. I was getting really bad pain in my heel. I don't know exactly how to describe the pain I feel, but it almost feels like my heel is been compressed, like I am walking on hard concrete or something. I have went to many foot specialists. One said there was nothing wrong with me, one did nothing but give me pain pills and told me it was because I was growing too fast and that I would grow out of it in 3-4 years (9 years later and I'm still in the same ammount of pain), I've had orthodics made, I've tried all sorts of other inserts/supports. No luck with anything. The orthodics I hade made were an orange material. Very HARD plastic. They only went from my heel to the ball of my foot. He made the mold of my foot using some sort of foam stuff that I stepped into. I had those made a few years ago, and I don't even bother with them anymore. They sit in my bottom drawer. The newest foot specialist that I went to made another mold of my foot, using some sort of paper mache type material. The orthodics are supposedly different/better than my old ones. They have a little give to them and they go the whole length of my foot. I am still waiting for them to come in. Should be within this next week. The night splint I purchased doesn't seem to be helping with anything. I put it on at night, but its way too uncomfortable. I don't know if its too small or what. I get a lot of pain in the ball of my foot when I wear it. I am thinking that maybe if I wear the orthodic WITH the night split it might be a little more comfortable. The night splint is pulling back right on the ball of my foot and its killing me. I've had it for like 2 weeks, and have yet to wear it all night. I take it off within an hour most of the time. I was also given a bottle of Piroxicam from the last doctor. They didn't do ANYTHING. I just finished the bottle (30 pills), and I threw it out. I don't even want the refill. This doctor said that I was going to be a 'project to fix'. I would trade my really high arch for a flat foot ANY DAY. I work construction, so I am on my feet all day long. I can't stand this constant pain anymore. 3,285 days of it! Oh, one more thing.. the ONLY thing that has ever felt good on my feet was when one doctor took some spongy pads and cut a pad to put under my heel, and one for under the ball of my foot, and then he taped my foot up tight. I don't know if that can tell you anything, but I sure hope you can tell me something. ANY information is REALLY appreciated. I am about to cut my feet off and walk around on stubs, but I'd hate to be 5'5'. Thank you for any information.


Re: Plantar Fibromatosis?

CJ on 4/25/00 at 00:00 (019373)

There was a message on this site that mentioned fabricating your own night splint from a Plastic Laundry Soap container. I am in process of doing this and it looks encouraging.
I cut top off, leaving the handle. The bottom remains intact.
Cut a hole for toes at rear of handle. Can sever or remove the handle to permit
a more comfortable fit on instep. Then used a 5 x 10.5 plywood (1/4') to use as foot support that is glued to inside bottom and protrudes thru toe opening on handle side. Inserted foam and duc tape as required.
When comfortable with this I hope to attach rigid foam shims to plywood in order to bend toes forward. Will try this and report on results.
Thank to unknown participant for this idea.
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Re: Plantar Fibromatosis?

CJ on 4/25/00 at 00:00 (019373)

There was a message on this site that mentioned fabricating your own night splint from a Plastic Laundry Soap container. I am in process of doing this and it looks encouraging.
I cut top off, leaving the handle. The bottom remains intact.
Cut a hole for toes at rear of handle. Can sever or remove the handle to permit
a more comfortable fit on instep. Then used a 5 x 10.5 plywood (1/4') to use as foot support that is glued to inside bottom and protrudes thru toe opening on handle side. Inserted foam and duc tape as required.
When comfortable with this I hope to attach rigid foam shims to plywood in order to bend toes forward. Will try this and report on results.
Thank to unknown participant for this idea.
posted to the eswt board . . . keyword: