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Plantar fasciitis treatments

Posted by Maureen G on 4/03/01 at hrmin (043455)

I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis since June of 2000. I have had my foot taped,I wear orthodics,purchased New Balance,have received PT,had bone scans done and have been off work for 4 weeks now. The only relief I've seen is with rest and PT. My doc who I respect wants to give me the injection of cortisone. I just cannot bring myself to have this done. I am terrified of needles and I have been told by numerous people that this treatment is VERY painful and not very successful. I have also been on Vioxx since Sept. and it was not all that helpful. I have heard and read some info. on extracorporeal shock wave therapy. My doctor and I discussed this opition this morning. He said the closest facility with this treatment opition is Milwaukee. I live in northwestern WI. Does anyone know of a closer opition say Twin Cities (MN)? I am seriously thinking of quiting my job because of this condition. I am a school custodian and spend 8 hrs. or more a day on my feet. I am also in the process of finding out if I have fybromyalgia. Can these two conditions be connected? I am really at the end of my rope here. I am looking for some help! Thank you to all who reply!

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Lori E. on 4/03/01 at 16:14 (043465)

Maureen,
I live in the St. Paul, and I have not found any dr. here doing ESWT, the closest I found was in Chicago. I haven't checked with the Mayo clinic in Rochester reciently. That might me somewhere to try.
I guess you are lucky to have found someone in Milwaukee. You will need to get off your feet for your PF to heal. If you have other employment opportunities that get you off your feet, I say go for it.

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Julie on 4/03/01 at 17:30 (043483)

Maureen,in the last week or so there have been at least four posters, besides yourself, whose on-my-feet-all-day jobs (a teacher, two nurses and a floor manager) would seem to have contributed to their PF. It's no co-incidence, and the best thing you can do for yourself right now is to stay off work until you've healed completely and then reconsider your employment options. You've already discovered that rest is helpful, and in fact it's the backbone of PF treatment, so start working on getting an extended leave of absence for as long as you need.

Regarding ESWT, maybe it's due to my living so far away (in England) but to me, Wisconsin doesn't sound that awfully far from New Jersey, where Dr Z has been successfully treating people for over a year. Several of our regular members have travelled to see him from further away - Texas, for instance. If you decide to go for the one in Milwaukee, make sure that the doctor has had enough experience to have gained expertise. And do compare prices - they seem to vary enormously from practitioner to practitioner, depending partly on which machine is used and where the treatment is done - whether in hospital or in an office.

At least two people on the board have fibromyalgia as well as PF: whether that suggests a link I wouldn't know. Perhaps one of them will respond to your post on this issue.

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Jamie L on 4/11/01 at 19:52 (044301)

Maureen, I also have Plantar Fasciitis in both of my feet, as well as spurs on the bottom and back of each heel. I stated with cortisone shots two and a half years ago they worked for about six months. I have orthodics that I wear but they dont help. Finally last September I could not handle the pain any more. I went through three months of physical therapy and deep heat massages on my feet, when that did'nt work along with Celebrex, and Vioxx, I had surgery. I had the surgery in January Ijust went back to work in April (only four hours a day), and I am still hurting. I also do home therapy every day with a shock type device. It has'nt worked either. I am fixing to go to another specialist, hopefully he can help. I wish you good luck with your feet, and hope someone can help. After I go to the new specialist I post you another message.

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Lori E. on 4/03/01 at 16:14 (043465)

Maureen,
I live in the St. Paul, and I have not found any dr. here doing ESWT, the closest I found was in Chicago. I haven't checked with the Mayo clinic in Rochester reciently. That might me somewhere to try.
I guess you are lucky to have found someone in Milwaukee. You will need to get off your feet for your PF to heal. If you have other employment opportunities that get you off your feet, I say go for it.

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Julie on 4/03/01 at 17:30 (043483)

Maureen,in the last week or so there have been at least four posters, besides yourself, whose on-my-feet-all-day jobs (a teacher, two nurses and a floor manager) would seem to have contributed to their PF. It's no co-incidence, and the best thing you can do for yourself right now is to stay off work until you've healed completely and then reconsider your employment options. You've already discovered that rest is helpful, and in fact it's the backbone of PF treatment, so start working on getting an extended leave of absence for as long as you need.

Regarding ESWT, maybe it's due to my living so far away (in England) but to me, Wisconsin doesn't sound that awfully far from New Jersey, where Dr Z has been successfully treating people for over a year. Several of our regular members have travelled to see him from further away - Texas, for instance. If you decide to go for the one in Milwaukee, make sure that the doctor has had enough experience to have gained expertise. And do compare prices - they seem to vary enormously from practitioner to practitioner, depending partly on which machine is used and where the treatment is done - whether in hospital or in an office.

At least two people on the board have fibromyalgia as well as PF: whether that suggests a link I wouldn't know. Perhaps one of them will respond to your post on this issue.

Re: Plantar fasciitis treatments

Jamie L on 4/11/01 at 19:52 (044301)

Maureen, I also have Plantar Fasciitis in both of my feet, as well as spurs on the bottom and back of each heel. I stated with cortisone shots two and a half years ago they worked for about six months. I have orthodics that I wear but they dont help. Finally last September I could not handle the pain any more. I went through three months of physical therapy and deep heat massages on my feet, when that did'nt work along with Celebrex, and Vioxx, I had surgery. I had the surgery in January Ijust went back to work in April (only four hours a day), and I am still hurting. I also do home therapy every day with a shock type device. It has'nt worked either. I am fixing to go to another specialist, hopefully he can help. I wish you good luck with your feet, and hope someone can help. After I go to the new specialist I post you another message.