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New to pf

Posted by Suzanne M on 8/07/01 at hrmin (055786)

After 15 months of heel pain that had become progressivly worse, I saw my doctor and learned I have pf in both feet. His advise was heel cups, stretching and injection. I have not had the injections and am alternating between heel cups and heel cushions
in addition to a strap on arch brace or an arch sleeve in addition to stretching. I saw the review of the PowerStep Inserts and was wondering would this replace the heel cups and arch support I'm currently using? Also, is my assumption correct that if using inserts, they need to be used when trying on shoes?

Re: New to pf

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/07/01 at hrmin (055801)

Your heel pain has been present too long to have so little treatment. Are you sure that is all your doctor prescribed? What type of doctor is he/she?
Ed

Re: New to pf

Julie on 8/08/01 at 02:42 (055882)

Hi Suzanne

Yes, if you use inserts, you should try any new shoes on with them. You need to be sure that there is room for them as well as for your feet in the shoe, and you may need a roomier shoe than you're used to.

If your doctor is your primary care physician, he probably doesn't know a great deal about fee (no disrespect to him: GPs know a little about a lot of things) and you should find someone who does: a podiatrist, orthopaedist, or sports medicine doctor. You need a full examination and assessment to identify the cause of your PF, and a comprehensive treatment plan to get you better.

Read the heel pain book for the information that will help you understand the condition better, and participate actively in a healing plan.

While you're searching for a foot specialist, you'll find it helps never to go barefoot, and always to wear good, supportive shoes - even to go to the loo in the middle of the night.

Re: New to pf

Suzanne M on 8/08/01 at 09:16 (055906)

Ed and Julie,
Yes, the doctor I saw was my primary care physician. I have been learning more about pf from this group and other internet sites. I'm not sure what caused the pf, it began after a trip to Disney World so maybe a lot of walking started the problem. Also, I am a teacher which requires a lot of standing. I am going this weekend to The Walking Co. store to look for some supportive shoes. This ought to be a very stessful trip since I had a horrible time finding shoes before pf! Thanks for the advise about seeking a specialist. I will look into this.
Suzanne

Re: Hope

messages/55906.htmlSebastian R on 8/08/01 at 17:35 (055966)

I had pf for many months before I went to the doctor. Of course this extended the time it took me to heal. I was 22 yrs and never though something could go wrong with my sturdy feet. Although it's been five years now, I'm 27, I have never healed and have gotten use to the fact that people just get war wounds they must learn to live with.

I have had long stretches, months, where I feel no discomfort or pain.
My docs(one ortho and two peds) gave me the same treatments. So just hang in there. Some people heal, some don't. But you wont always have that pain.

Just learn new habits, don't loose flexibility in your feet and calves, or too much muscle. Try and keep your weight from increasing with the new seditary lifestyle.

After two years I actually started a martial art. It's Iaido, a meditative sword art. Slow paced and a lot of movement on the ground. This helped me regain muscle and flexibility. It also strengthened my mind and attitude.

In my opinion, I think you will heal. But being on your feet all day will prolong it, of course.
I knew of one person that had pf, it took six months to get better, a year to heal, but now she runs a few miles ever morning.

Re: Hope

john h on 8/08/01 at 21:00 (055986)

believe it or not but i read in one article it will usually go away in ten (10) years. so you have a lot of hope left.

Re: Hope

Necee on 8/08/01 at 21:41 (055989)

10 YEARS!!!!!! Oh John, now you've really got us all depressed!!!
Just when I was beginning to think there really was some hope.
Oh well,
Necee

Re: Hope

JudyS on 8/09/01 at 00:30 (055996)

Hey - 3 years down! Only 7 to go.....I'm well on the way to recovery! ;)

Re: Hope

Suzanne M on 8/09/01 at hrmin (056009)

I am fortunate that my pain is not debilitating. It was close to that in the past, but improved. I have begun a light entire body stretching program which I believe has even helped my feet. I've been blessed with a new teaching position that is in a resource room and I will not have to stand all day. I'm on the road to recovery!
Suzanne

Re: Hope

john h on 8/09/01 at 09:34 (056023)

necee: i am sorry if the 10 post was depressing. it did not say that it would take evreryone 10 years it simply said if all treatments fail it will generally go away on it's on withing 10 years. how authentic this info is or what it is based on i have no idea so take it with a grain of salt. but if you have had this for 7 years like me it is just something else to hang my hat on - only 3 more years! frankly, i see no reason why in 3 years i can raise my hands and shout brothers and sisters I AM CURED!

Re: Hope in decade

Sebastian R on 8/09/01 at 15:54 (056062)

Man, that is the best news I've heard in years! I'm set to deal with this the rest of my life. If it might go away in five more years then I'll be in heaven!I might have a new life when I hit 32 or so!!!

Re: New to pf

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/07/01 at hrmin (055801)

Your heel pain has been present too long to have so little treatment. Are you sure that is all your doctor prescribed? What type of doctor is he/she?
Ed

Re: New to pf

Julie on 8/08/01 at 02:42 (055882)

Hi Suzanne

Yes, if you use inserts, you should try any new shoes on with them. You need to be sure that there is room for them as well as for your feet in the shoe, and you may need a roomier shoe than you're used to.

If your doctor is your primary care physician, he probably doesn't know a great deal about fee (no disrespect to him: GPs know a little about a lot of things) and you should find someone who does: a podiatrist, orthopaedist, or sports medicine doctor. You need a full examination and assessment to identify the cause of your PF, and a comprehensive treatment plan to get you better.

Read the heel pain book for the information that will help you understand the condition better, and participate actively in a healing plan.

While you're searching for a foot specialist, you'll find it helps never to go barefoot, and always to wear good, supportive shoes - even to go to the loo in the middle of the night.

Re: New to pf

Suzanne M on 8/08/01 at 09:16 (055906)

Ed and Julie,
Yes, the doctor I saw was my primary care physician. I have been learning more about pf from this group and other internet sites. I'm not sure what caused the pf, it began after a trip to Disney World so maybe a lot of walking started the problem. Also, I am a teacher which requires a lot of standing. I am going this weekend to The Walking Co. store to look for some supportive shoes. This ought to be a very stessful trip since I had a horrible time finding shoes before pf! Thanks for the advise about seeking a specialist. I will look into this.
Suzanne

Re: Hope

messages/55906.htmlSebastian R on 8/08/01 at 17:35 (055966)

I had pf for many months before I went to the doctor. Of course this extended the time it took me to heal. I was 22 yrs and never though something could go wrong with my sturdy feet. Although it's been five years now, I'm 27, I have never healed and have gotten use to the fact that people just get war wounds they must learn to live with.

I have had long stretches, months, where I feel no discomfort or pain.
My docs(one ortho and two peds) gave me the same treatments. So just hang in there. Some people heal, some don't. But you wont always have that pain.

Just learn new habits, don't loose flexibility in your feet and calves, or too much muscle. Try and keep your weight from increasing with the new seditary lifestyle.

After two years I actually started a martial art. It's Iaido, a meditative sword art. Slow paced and a lot of movement on the ground. This helped me regain muscle and flexibility. It also strengthened my mind and attitude.

In my opinion, I think you will heal. But being on your feet all day will prolong it, of course.
I knew of one person that had pf, it took six months to get better, a year to heal, but now she runs a few miles ever morning.

Re: Hope

john h on 8/08/01 at 21:00 (055986)

believe it or not but i read in one article it will usually go away in ten (10) years. so you have a lot of hope left.

Re: Hope

Necee on 8/08/01 at 21:41 (055989)

10 YEARS!!!!!! Oh John, now you've really got us all depressed!!!
Just when I was beginning to think there really was some hope.
Oh well,
Necee

Re: Hope

JudyS on 8/09/01 at 00:30 (055996)

Hey - 3 years down! Only 7 to go.....I'm well on the way to recovery! ;)

Re: Hope

Suzanne M on 8/09/01 at hrmin (056009)

I am fortunate that my pain is not debilitating. It was close to that in the past, but improved. I have begun a light entire body stretching program which I believe has even helped my feet. I've been blessed with a new teaching position that is in a resource room and I will not have to stand all day. I'm on the road to recovery!
Suzanne

Re: Hope

john h on 8/09/01 at 09:34 (056023)

necee: i am sorry if the 10 post was depressing. it did not say that it would take evreryone 10 years it simply said if all treatments fail it will generally go away on it's on withing 10 years. how authentic this info is or what it is based on i have no idea so take it with a grain of salt. but if you have had this for 7 years like me it is just something else to hang my hat on - only 3 more years! frankly, i see no reason why in 3 years i can raise my hands and shout brothers and sisters I AM CURED!

Re: Hope in decade

Sebastian R on 8/09/01 at 15:54 (056062)

Man, that is the best news I've heard in years! I'm set to deal with this the rest of my life. If it might go away in five more years then I'll be in heaven!I might have a new life when I hit 32 or so!!!