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Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Posted by Pat S on 8/30/01 at 11:45 (058462)

Hi All:

This is the Mom of Six who rarely posts but is an avid lurker
and reader of this site.

I have a diagnosis of PF since July of 2000. Standard treatment
did absolutely nothing to alleviate my heel and arch pain. Resting,
while helpful, was not much of an option for me.

After dumping my Payless Shoes for better quality, and experiencing
trial and error with these shoes: New Balance (too soft); Birks
(too hard); Naots (just right!!)....I decided I was going to try
some unconventional products, in conjunction with my brand new shoes.

Additionally, over the summer I moved to Florida's Gulf Coast, so
I decided to try to 'walk through the pain' (less with the help of
the shoes). With that in mind, I have been walking the beach in
the soft sand (with supportive sandals) and lo and behold, my pain
is much, much less. I have very, very slowly increased my time
each day, and now am up to a brisk, 30 minutes a day.

To that regime, I added The Jade Balm. I love this stuff!!! It
has helped me tremendously. I have been on it almost two weeks,
and I have little to no pain now. I rub some on my heels and
arches at night at bedtime, and whatever 'twinges' I might have
in the evening are gone in the AM, and most of the day I am totally
pain free.

Last weekend I gave my feet a real challenge. We took the kids to
Universal Studios for a day. In January, I took the children and
needed a wheelchair, as it was much too difficult to negotiate the
park. THIS TIME I WALKED the entire duration. Sure, I had a
little pain after the trip, but I rubbed some Jade on, and felt great.

I don't know if I am fully recovered. I do know that I am ever
vigilant of reinjury. I believe this site has been a Godsend in
that it has provided a dirth of knowledgeable information. With
that, I have been able to make a pro active choice about my
recovery. Having said that, I fully realize that what is good
for me, might not be good for someone else. So, my heartfelt
gratitude goes out to the wonderful people who make this site
so successful.

Pat S.

Re: Thanks Pat

Carmen H on 8/30/01 at 12:08 (058468)

Thank you for sharing your success story with us....you should put it on the success story board as well. As a continuing sufferer of PF your story gives me hope. thank you!

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Julie on 8/31/01 at 02:12 (058552)

Hi Mom-of-Six

I'll bet those six kids are even more delighted for you than we are. Thank you so much for sharing your joy with us. It's wonderful to hear a success story, and, as Scott has given us leave to copy success stories into the 'right' home for them, I am going to do exactly that with yours.

Best of luck with your continuing improvement. I wish I had a Florida beach at my feet!

Julie

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Julie on 8/31/01 at 03:46 (058561)

Oops - I can't. The Success/Horror Stories board has quietly vanished into the night.

Scott?

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Wendy in NJ on 8/31/01 at 05:03 (058562)

Last April, I went to the shore here in Jersey and walked for a good 30 minutes. For a good month, my feet were maybe at a level 1 and I often wondered if it had anything to do with walking in the sand!! I think I need to go back and try again because since becoming a summer camp counselor, I'm hurting again. The Jade is not helping at all, I don't think but it's only been two weeks for me. This is great news, pat!! Enjoy yourself but be careful! I'm off to the shore......

Re: Walking Beach: To Wendy

Pat S on 8/31/01 at 10:45 (058575)

Hi Wendy:
I do believe the 'use it or lose it' theory might apply here. After
'vegging out' (well, as much as I can with kids) for over a year,
I think my muscles, tendons, etc. lost their tone. When I moved
down to Fl, I bought a pair of Teva's, waterproof sandals, and
gradually walked down by the water, where the sand is 'squishy'
and gives to my feet. I started out at 5-10 minutes a day, and
honest to God, I didn't think I could go for 100 yards the first
few days. But to my surprise, the more I kept walking, the more
the pain diminished. Never, never would I have dared to do this on
pavement or hard surface. I have even become pickey about what beach
I walk, as I now know the area's that are softer, and easier to walk.

I need to add that I still experience morning stiffness and need to
immediately put on my sandals in the AM. But, so far, that is it
for any problems.

So, let me know how you do. Being formally from Philadelphia, the
Jersey shore holds a special place in my heart. Good luck to you.

Pat

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

elliott on 8/31/01 at 10:48 (058576)

I wish you would try each of these in isolation to see which really helped. I'm not entirely serious, since why should you stop if it's working? But maybe it was the shoe alone, the walking alone, or some combination, possibly all three. At the least, maybe you could stop using the Jade for a while and see what happens. If you get worse and then get better using the Jade, then you're sure the Jade is contributing.

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

Pat S on 8/31/01 at 11:16 (058581)

Elliot:
I believe it's been a cumulative effect: First the shoes (better)
than the walking (much better), followed lastly with the Jade
(iced the cake!)
And believe me, I'm feeling so much better physically, that I
am starting to become obsessed with my regime (if the Florida
heat doesn't get me first!).
Seriously, who knows in the end what really cures us. This PF
came out of the blue with no warning, nor apparent injury. Maybe
it will just quietly disappear, never to return (I HOPE!!!).
Pat

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

elliott on 8/31/01 at 11:24 (058582)

I'm happy you're feeling better. At least someone around here is. :-) The skeptic in me could still argue that the growing and possibly permanent effects of the first two or the possible placebo effect of the third cannot be discounted. Again, congrats on your progress and wishing you a return to full health.

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

CindKH on 8/31/01 at 18:28 (058635)

Wonderful for you! I've not heard of 'Naot' shoes but will do a web search. What are they like? I've had PF over 2.5 years and one ESWT treatment.

Thank you and enjoy!
Best,
Cindy

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

LauraJ on 9/02/01 at 14:40 (058816)

Could it be that your walking on the beach provided the needed stretching of the Achilles' tendon that we hear so much about? In any event, your improvement is wonderful! It is inspiring to read about it. Good luck!

Re: Thanks Pat

Carmen H on 8/30/01 at 12:08 (058468)

Thank you for sharing your success story with us....you should put it on the success story board as well. As a continuing sufferer of PF your story gives me hope. thank you!

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Julie on 8/31/01 at 02:12 (058552)

Hi Mom-of-Six

I'll bet those six kids are even more delighted for you than we are. Thank you so much for sharing your joy with us. It's wonderful to hear a success story, and, as Scott has given us leave to copy success stories into the 'right' home for them, I am going to do exactly that with yours.

Best of luck with your continuing improvement. I wish I had a Florida beach at my feet!

Julie

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Julie on 8/31/01 at 03:46 (058561)

Oops - I can't. The Success/Horror Stories board has quietly vanished into the night.

Scott?

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

Wendy in NJ on 8/31/01 at 05:03 (058562)

Last April, I went to the shore here in Jersey and walked for a good 30 minutes. For a good month, my feet were maybe at a level 1 and I often wondered if it had anything to do with walking in the sand!! I think I need to go back and try again because since becoming a summer camp counselor, I'm hurting again. The Jade is not helping at all, I don't think but it's only been two weeks for me. This is great news, pat!! Enjoy yourself but be careful! I'm off to the shore......

Re: Walking Beach: To Wendy

Pat S on 8/31/01 at 10:45 (058575)

Hi Wendy:
I do believe the 'use it or lose it' theory might apply here. After
'vegging out' (well, as much as I can with kids) for over a year,
I think my muscles, tendons, etc. lost their tone. When I moved
down to Fl, I bought a pair of Teva's, waterproof sandals, and
gradually walked down by the water, where the sand is 'squishy'
and gives to my feet. I started out at 5-10 minutes a day, and
honest to God, I didn't think I could go for 100 yards the first
few days. But to my surprise, the more I kept walking, the more
the pain diminished. Never, never would I have dared to do this on
pavement or hard surface. I have even become pickey about what beach
I walk, as I now know the area's that are softer, and easier to walk.

I need to add that I still experience morning stiffness and need to
immediately put on my sandals in the AM. But, so far, that is it
for any problems.

So, let me know how you do. Being formally from Philadelphia, the
Jersey shore holds a special place in my heart. Good luck to you.

Pat

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

elliott on 8/31/01 at 10:48 (058576)

I wish you would try each of these in isolation to see which really helped. I'm not entirely serious, since why should you stop if it's working? But maybe it was the shoe alone, the walking alone, or some combination, possibly all three. At the least, maybe you could stop using the Jade for a while and see what happens. If you get worse and then get better using the Jade, then you're sure the Jade is contributing.

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

Pat S on 8/31/01 at 11:16 (058581)

Elliot:
I believe it's been a cumulative effect: First the shoes (better)
than the walking (much better), followed lastly with the Jade
(iced the cake!)
And believe me, I'm feeling so much better physically, that I
am starting to become obsessed with my regime (if the Florida
heat doesn't get me first!).
Seriously, who knows in the end what really cures us. This PF
came out of the blue with no warning, nor apparent injury. Maybe
it will just quietly disappear, never to return (I HOPE!!!).
Pat

Re: new shoes, walking, Jade

elliott on 8/31/01 at 11:24 (058582)

I'm happy you're feeling better. At least someone around here is. :-) The skeptic in me could still argue that the growing and possibly permanent effects of the first two or the possible placebo effect of the third cannot be discounted. Again, congrats on your progress and wishing you a return to full health.

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

CindKH on 8/31/01 at 18:28 (058635)

Wonderful for you! I've not heard of 'Naot' shoes but will do a web search. What are they like? I've had PF over 2.5 years and one ESWT treatment.

Thank you and enjoy!
Best,
Cindy

Re: Jade Balm and Walking Are Helping!

LauraJ on 9/02/01 at 14:40 (058816)

Could it be that your walking on the beach provided the needed stretching of the Achilles' tendon that we hear so much about? In any event, your improvement is wonderful! It is inspiring to read about it. Good luck!