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Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Posted by Bob_F on 6/04/01 at 20:22 (049920)

Hi:

I have had severe pain in the ball of the foot (left foot is 3 times as
bad as the right) for 5 1/2 years. This started out as PF but there is
not much heel pain now. The skin seems to be hypersensitive and there
is deep pain in metatarsal joints. I cannot stand on a hard surface more
than 30 seconds and do not walk more than 300 feet any day without braces.
I wear braces and sometimes use a wheelchair if the distance is more
than I can handle. The pain in the ball of the foot moves from one side
to the other. Probably not neuroma as it is not stationary.

I had originally treated this with ice baths (as recommended by a POD) but
discontinued this 6 months ago in favor of contrast baths (hot and cold).

It is getting worse. What should I do?? What type of specialist should I
see to get this problem corrected? It is getting so bad that I may not be
able to hold a job or earn a living if so something is not done.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Dr. Chris Reynolds on 6/05/01 at hrmin (049968)

Bob, we still have a couple of places in the Jade 168 Balm PF clinical trial. If you haven't heard of this, you may like to look at the postings on this and the heelspurs.com message pages. If you would like to receive some Jade to try, please send me your mailing address. All we ask in return is a response to a brief questionnaire.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Steve P on 6/05/01 at 16:33 (050011)

Bob -- Many on the board have had success with Sports Medicine. Try to find a Sports Med practice associated with a large hospital, one that includes foot injury treatment.

Because of the duration of your problem, you might well be a candidate for ESWT. I suggest reading all the info on this website on ESWT & starting to investigate it, provided your diagnosis of PF is confirmed & there aren't other complications.

Good luck & stay on the board.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Mary s. on 6/05/01 at 18:28 (050015)

Just a suggestion--try an orthopedic surgeon who deals only with feet and ankles. That is what I did and so far I am pleased. I was referred to him by an orthopedic sports medicine doctor who is highly regarded in our area. Would be worth a try. Good luck!! Hang in there.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

jim f on 6/05/01 at 23:04 (050035)

hang in there because youds are not alone . i have had pf in both for ten yrs which erupted into pain in both balls of feet i tried cortisone .an ortho said nueromas and after injection failed was ready to operate .since then ive seen pods who say its an aggravation of pf . im going to see dr z in 2 days for ESWT eval ill keep you posted

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Jan N on 6/07/01 at hrmin (050197)

Hi,
I had heel spur for quite a while and wore orthotics. Made me really upset and didn't like it that I couldn't wear neat shoes anymore. Started doing yoga and stretching. It went away! Try it. Do strengthen the legs too. Kneel down and turn toes under. Sit back on feet. Sure does hurt! Can only stand it a second or two. Keep doing it EVERY day. Also, stand with toes on step and let heels hang down. May take quite a few months.

Re: Please think carefully before advising on exercise

Julie on 6/08/01 at 08:00 (050243)

Sorry, folks, here comes my usual no doubt boring caution.

Will posters please, please, please be careful about recommending exercises? What was all right for you may be hurtful to someone else.

Jan - I know you meant well when you posted this, but one of the exercises you recommended, the hanging off the stair one, is dangerous. There is no way of controlling it, and it can make matters much worse by over-stretching the fascia and irritating (or in the worst case scenario even tearing) the Achilles Tendon. The other exercise is a better one, but it is also extremely strong, and difficult to practise correctly unless one is very aware of one's body and can control the placement of the body weight onto the heels. Definitely not good for everyone.

This guy (Bob F, to whom your post was a response) is in such bad pain that he sometimes needs a wheelchair. He shouldn't be doing any weight-bearing stretching, period.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Dr. Chris Reynolds on 6/05/01 at hrmin (049968)

Bob, we still have a couple of places in the Jade 168 Balm PF clinical trial. If you haven't heard of this, you may like to look at the postings on this and the heelspurs.com message pages. If you would like to receive some Jade to try, please send me your mailing address. All we ask in return is a response to a brief questionnaire.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Steve P on 6/05/01 at 16:33 (050011)

Bob -- Many on the board have had success with Sports Medicine. Try to find a Sports Med practice associated with a large hospital, one that includes foot injury treatment.

Because of the duration of your problem, you might well be a candidate for ESWT. I suggest reading all the info on this website on ESWT & starting to investigate it, provided your diagnosis of PF is confirmed & there aren't other complications.

Good luck & stay on the board.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Mary s. on 6/05/01 at 18:28 (050015)

Just a suggestion--try an orthopedic surgeon who deals only with feet and ankles. That is what I did and so far I am pleased. I was referred to him by an orthopedic sports medicine doctor who is highly regarded in our area. Would be worth a try. Good luck!! Hang in there.

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

jim f on 6/05/01 at 23:04 (050035)

hang in there because youds are not alone . i have had pf in both for ten yrs which erupted into pain in both balls of feet i tried cortisone .an ortho said nueromas and after injection failed was ready to operate .since then ive seen pods who say its an aggravation of pf . im going to see dr z in 2 days for ESWT eval ill keep you posted

Re: Need help - getting desperate, Please read.

Jan N on 6/07/01 at hrmin (050197)

Hi,
I had heel spur for quite a while and wore orthotics. Made me really upset and didn't like it that I couldn't wear neat shoes anymore. Started doing yoga and stretching. It went away! Try it. Do strengthen the legs too. Kneel down and turn toes under. Sit back on feet. Sure does hurt! Can only stand it a second or two. Keep doing it EVERY day. Also, stand with toes on step and let heels hang down. May take quite a few months.

Re: Please think carefully before advising on exercise

Julie on 6/08/01 at 08:00 (050243)

Sorry, folks, here comes my usual no doubt boring caution.

Will posters please, please, please be careful about recommending exercises? What was all right for you may be hurtful to someone else.

Jan - I know you meant well when you posted this, but one of the exercises you recommended, the hanging off the stair one, is dangerous. There is no way of controlling it, and it can make matters much worse by over-stretching the fascia and irritating (or in the worst case scenario even tearing) the Achilles Tendon. The other exercise is a better one, but it is also extremely strong, and difficult to practise correctly unless one is very aware of one's body and can control the placement of the body weight onto the heels. Definitely not good for everyone.

This guy (Bob F, to whom your post was a response) is in such bad pain that he sometimes needs a wheelchair. He shouldn't be doing any weight-bearing stretching, period.