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Is EPF the right thing for me???

Posted by Merrie Q. on 7/04/00 at 21:56 (022865)

I am a 39 year old, female U.P.S. driver. I have recently had my left foot x ray'd and was diagnosed with a very large heel spur on my left foot. My Company's doctor put me in a pair of orthotics for about a month, and 800 mg of ibuprofen three times a day. This has not been relieving my problem, and my symptoms are actually getting worse. Now I have numbness, and tingling in my foot off and on throughout the day. I am supposed to return to the doctor on the 21st of July, and have been trying to research EPF. Is there anyone who has had a similar experience, especially someone who is on there feet all day doing an enormous amount of walking? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

KAREN S on 7/04/00 at 22:53 (022866)

I TOO HAVE GONE THROUGH WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I AM A BAKER AND AM ON MY FEET ALL DAY. I WENT THROUGH MAJOR PAIN AND BARELY ABLE TO GET THROUGH MY DAYS FOR OVER A YEAR. I JUST WENT THROUGH SURGERY ON JUNE 29 TH AND HAD A LARGE SPUR REMOVED ALONG WITH A MUSCLE RELEASE. I'M NOT SURE HOW WELL IT HAS WORKED YET AS I AM NOT ALLOWED TO PUT ANY WEIGHT ON IT. I HAVE THE STITCHES REMOVED ON JULY 13 TH WHEN I WILL THEN BE PUT IN A CAST FOR 6 WEEKS. I HAD TRIED EVERY KIND OF TREATMENT THEY COULD THINK OF BUT NEVER HAD ANY KIND OF RELIEF WITH IT. I AM HOPING THIS SURGERY HELPS.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW SO MANY PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS GO THROUGH SO MANY DIFFERENT PROCEDURES. I'VE READ ON THE BOARD WHERE SOME PEOPLE ARE WALKING IN 3 DAYS AND IN NORMAL SHOES IN A WEEK, YET I'M NOT ALLOWED ANY WEIGHT ON MINE FOR 8 WEEKS. IF ANYONE COULD EXPLAIN THIS I WOULD BE GREATFUL.

THANK YOU....KAREN


Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

Bob G. on 7/05/00 at 00:54 (022873)

Hello Merrie Q.,

I was about your age first time I suffered from PF. My xray showed the same, but my doctor didn't even look at the xrays! I thought the doc was nuts, but not so. He showed me a simple wall stretch and prescribed Birkenstock arch supports - the pain went away in about a month.

That was years ago, and I continued to jog barefoot and ended back on square one - OUCH! This time, stretching was NOT the answer. REST was the answer - ten months of complete rest, nightsplint, arch support and then...after the pain had subsided, gentle stretching.

That is my story and what works for me. Oh yes, I did use Ibuprofen at times during my recovery. BG


Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

Diane on 7/05/00 at 22:09 (022888)

It is hard to say what is right for you, but I suffered from pf for over 8 years. I tried everything, night splints, pain meds, excercise, stretching, ortho's, you name it I tried it.

I had EPF on both feet the end of May and don't regret it at all. Sure, it was slow going for a while with those lovely blue shoes but I was walking the same day of surgery. I had the procedure done on a Thursday and went back to work the following Wednesday. I was in those lovely 'shoes' for a week, then I was in tennis shoes (1 1/2 sizes bigger) for 4 weeks, I am now into my own shoes and pretty much pain free. Sure, my feet 'talk' to me yet when I over do and I just need to rest them and sometimes use ice for about 20 min. at night. But other than that, I feel really good.

Sometimes I am walking around the house or outside and I have to stop and think, wow it doesn't hurt to walk, it really doesn't hurt!! I forgot what it was like.

I don't know if this is the right thing for you, but it has been for me. I'm told on this message board that I was really brave to have both feet done at the same time. I guess I was, but I don't regret it. All I can tell you is if you decide to have this done, please check out your doc and see if he/she has done several of these procedures. Mine had done over 100 and I think I can tell!!

Good luck!

Di


Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

KAREN S on 7/04/00 at 22:53 (022866)

I TOO HAVE GONE THROUGH WHAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. I AM A BAKER AND AM ON MY FEET ALL DAY. I WENT THROUGH MAJOR PAIN AND BARELY ABLE TO GET THROUGH MY DAYS FOR OVER A YEAR. I JUST WENT THROUGH SURGERY ON JUNE 29 TH AND HAD A LARGE SPUR REMOVED ALONG WITH A MUSCLE RELEASE. I'M NOT SURE HOW WELL IT HAS WORKED YET AS I AM NOT ALLOWED TO PUT ANY WEIGHT ON IT. I HAVE THE STITCHES REMOVED ON JULY 13 TH WHEN I WILL THEN BE PUT IN A CAST FOR 6 WEEKS. I HAD TRIED EVERY KIND OF TREATMENT THEY COULD THINK OF BUT NEVER HAD ANY KIND OF RELIEF WITH IT. I AM HOPING THIS SURGERY HELPS.

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW SO MANY PEOPLE WITH THE SAME PROBLEMS GO THROUGH SO MANY DIFFERENT PROCEDURES. I'VE READ ON THE BOARD WHERE SOME PEOPLE ARE WALKING IN 3 DAYS AND IN NORMAL SHOES IN A WEEK, YET I'M NOT ALLOWED ANY WEIGHT ON MINE FOR 8 WEEKS. IF ANYONE COULD EXPLAIN THIS I WOULD BE GREATFUL.

THANK YOU....KAREN


Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

Bob G. on 7/05/00 at 00:54 (022873)

Hello Merrie Q.,

I was about your age first time I suffered from PF. My xray showed the same, but my doctor didn't even look at the xrays! I thought the doc was nuts, but not so. He showed me a simple wall stretch and prescribed Birkenstock arch supports - the pain went away in about a month.

That was years ago, and I continued to jog barefoot and ended back on square one - OUCH! This time, stretching was NOT the answer. REST was the answer - ten months of complete rest, nightsplint, arch support and then...after the pain had subsided, gentle stretching.

That is my story and what works for me. Oh yes, I did use Ibuprofen at times during my recovery. BG


Re: Is EPF the right thing for me???

Diane on 7/05/00 at 22:09 (022888)

It is hard to say what is right for you, but I suffered from pf for over 8 years. I tried everything, night splints, pain meds, excercise, stretching, ortho's, you name it I tried it.

I had EPF on both feet the end of May and don't regret it at all. Sure, it was slow going for a while with those lovely blue shoes but I was walking the same day of surgery. I had the procedure done on a Thursday and went back to work the following Wednesday. I was in those lovely 'shoes' for a week, then I was in tennis shoes (1 1/2 sizes bigger) for 4 weeks, I am now into my own shoes and pretty much pain free. Sure, my feet 'talk' to me yet when I over do and I just need to rest them and sometimes use ice for about 20 min. at night. But other than that, I feel really good.

Sometimes I am walking around the house or outside and I have to stop and think, wow it doesn't hurt to walk, it really doesn't hurt!! I forgot what it was like.

I don't know if this is the right thing for you, but it has been for me. I'm told on this message board that I was really brave to have both feet done at the same time. I guess I was, but I don't regret it. All I can tell you is if you decide to have this done, please check out your doc and see if he/she has done several of these procedures. Mine had done over 100 and I think I can tell!!

Good luck!

Di