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They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Posted by Anna J on 11/12/00 at 10:43 (032578)

my doctor says I have PF. I apparently had it about this time last year and after some unpleasant steroid injections it went away. Two weeks ago it came back with a vengeance and I have hardly been able to walk on it. The only way I can walk without huge amounts of pain is to balance on the outside of my foot.
The doctor would not give me injections again but told me to come back in another week. I have now booked in for them on Thursday but I am a bit worried. My foot is normal coloured, no swelling but the pain is excrutiating. It was only when I walked before but now, even when I am in bed, it throbs. I had a ganglion removed from the side of my foot 2 years ago and never had any problems before then. I am worried that these injections may be harmful to my foot and also, I have read many articles on the internet and am now starting to wonder if the doctor was too hasty in rediagnosing PF again - I went in, told him I had had it before and he gave me a prescription and told me to go back again in a week. According to the internet sites, it could be any kind of strain or even a fracture. Does a severe pain in the inside of the foot just in front of the heel which seems to be getting worse rather than better (as promised by the doctor) sound like PF? am i just being a hypochondriac? I just don't want steroids injected into me for no reason. anyone aware of any other treatment I could try?
THanks
Anna

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Dr. Biehler on 11/12/00 at 11:16 (032579)

You need a hands on examination. It could be a sprain of your posterior tibial tendon. By walking on the out side of your foot you are trying to take stress off this muscle. Dr. B.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/12/00 at 11:17 (032580)

Hi Anna and welcome to the club. The short answer to your question is that yes, there are a number of treatment strategies for pf, and I think most people on this site would agree with me that you should hold off on steroid injections until you have (a) been correctly diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in foot problems (a podiatrist, sports medicine doctor or orthopaedic specialist) and (b) informed yourself. Read the PF book on this website. You can print it out and study it, and together with the message boards will tell you lots that you need to know and that will help you.

All the best, Julie

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/12/00 at 11:18 (032581)

PS - I meant to say that whether or not you have pf, you will find the information on this site helpful.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Beverly on 11/12/00 at 12:02 (032587)

Is this your GP? You probably would do well to visit a pod or orthopedic specialist. GP's really don't know that much about PF.
Beverly

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Kay S on 11/12/00 at 12:55 (032594)

Ditto the others' remarks about a proper diagnosis and going to a Pod or ortho who specializes in foot disorders. Welcome to the 'club', although membership requirement is experience/knowledge about foot pain and we'd all rather be doing something else! Hang in there, and good luck.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Anna J on 11/12/00 at 15:38 (032613)

Thanks to all of you who replied so quickly to my questions? It's funny but the foot has been hurting a little less this evening. Thought it was getting better but then forgot to be 'careful' when I got up to make a cup of tea and - guess what - it's back!
Anna

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Steve P on 11/12/00 at 18:05 (032628)

Anna --- I agree with all the above advice. When you see the foot specialist, ask about arch support. You may need either off-the-shelf arch supports or custom-made orthotics. Let your doctor make an assessment.

I'm guessing you're in England because you were fixing tea. Here in the leaderless USA we fix coffee & spell COLOR without the U!

best regards.......steve

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Anna J on 11/13/00 at 02:36 (032639)

You're right - I am in the UK hence my strange spelling!

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/13/00 at 02:56 (032640)

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Or, with the threat of possible legal action from Nike, 'Just Don't Do It'

Re: Info for UK podiatrist

Donna S. on 11/13/00 at 13:23 (032663)

Anna, Look at my reply from Nikki's post under 'Ask the Doctors' message board 'Do I need a second opinion'

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Dr. Biehler on 11/12/00 at 11:16 (032579)

You need a hands on examination. It could be a sprain of your posterior tibial tendon. By walking on the out side of your foot you are trying to take stress off this muscle. Dr. B.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/12/00 at 11:17 (032580)

Hi Anna and welcome to the club. The short answer to your question is that yes, there are a number of treatment strategies for pf, and I think most people on this site would agree with me that you should hold off on steroid injections until you have (a) been correctly diagnosed by a doctor who specializes in foot problems (a podiatrist, sports medicine doctor or orthopaedic specialist) and (b) informed yourself. Read the PF book on this website. You can print it out and study it, and together with the message boards will tell you lots that you need to know and that will help you.

All the best, Julie

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/12/00 at 11:18 (032581)

PS - I meant to say that whether or not you have pf, you will find the information on this site helpful.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Beverly on 11/12/00 at 12:02 (032587)

Is this your GP? You probably would do well to visit a pod or orthopedic specialist. GP's really don't know that much about PF.
Beverly

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Kay S on 11/12/00 at 12:55 (032594)

Ditto the others' remarks about a proper diagnosis and going to a Pod or ortho who specializes in foot disorders. Welcome to the 'club', although membership requirement is experience/knowledge about foot pain and we'd all rather be doing something else! Hang in there, and good luck.

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Anna J on 11/12/00 at 15:38 (032613)

Thanks to all of you who replied so quickly to my questions? It's funny but the foot has been hurting a little less this evening. Thought it was getting better but then forgot to be 'careful' when I got up to make a cup of tea and - guess what - it's back!
Anna

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Steve P on 11/12/00 at 18:05 (032628)

Anna --- I agree with all the above advice. When you see the foot specialist, ask about arch support. You may need either off-the-shelf arch supports or custom-made orthotics. Let your doctor make an assessment.

I'm guessing you're in England because you were fixing tea. Here in the leaderless USA we fix coffee & spell COLOR without the U!

best regards.......steve

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Anna J on 11/13/00 at 02:36 (032639)

You're right - I am in the UK hence my strange spelling!

Re: They say I have PF - I'm not so sure

Julie F on 11/13/00 at 02:56 (032640)

Message Number 32641
Re: do i need a second opinion View Thread
Posted by Julie F on 11/13/00 at 03:29


Message Number 32642
Re: The Heelspurs.com Mantra View Thread
Posted by Julie F on 11/13/00 at 03:49


Message Number 32643
What has helped me most? View Thread
Posted by Julie F on 11/13/00 at 07:26


Message Number 32645
Re: Is there relief in sight?...there just may be .... View Thread
Posted by Kate on 11/13/00 at 07:51


Message Number 32646
Re: Is there relief in sight?...there just may be .... View Thread
Posted by Kate on 11/13/00 at 07:53


Message Number 32647
Heel Pain & Foot and Ankle International Sept. 1996 & Gill View Thread
Posted by Steve Corsello, COF on 11/13/00 at 07:59


Message Number 32650
Re: oops BIG typo. View Thread
Posted by john a on 11/13/00 at 08:54


Or, with the threat of possible legal action from Nike, 'Just Don't Do It'

Re: Info for UK podiatrist

Donna S. on 11/13/00 at 13:23 (032663)

Anna, Look at my reply from Nikki's post under 'Ask the Doctors' message board 'Do I need a second opinion'