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Help ME PLEASE!!!!! FOOT PAIN

Posted by Greg MacDonald on 9/25/01 at 21:56 (061587)

I LIVE in New Bruswick Canada and I can't seem to find a Doctor that can help me in this province. My Doctor has referred me to two other specialist(not Podiatrists). I think I have Plantar fasciaitis, my doctor thinks not.
I've tried orthotics two different makes, Vioxx, DMSO, MSM, and the pain still exists, I work on my feet for 7 hours a day. X rays do not show any heel spur but before I got the orthotics and began taking an anti inflammatoy my feet swelled severely in the arch area. Every step I take my left foot aches severely. I feel the doctors think I'm crazy but If they felt was I was going through they would know.

I need help please. How long before an orthotic should help? And will they actually force an arch in my foot (one doctor I have says I am flat footed). Will a cast help?

Would cortisone help me adjust to my orthotics better.

Also, the foot pain for me started about one year ago on the outside of my foot than it moved to my arch and know to my heel and I am virtually unable to stand unless I have a shoe on or a support under my foot, does this sound like PF to you??

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thank-you.

Re: Help ME PLEASE!!!!! FOOT PAIN

Rachael T. on 9/26/01 at 07:11 (061604)

Hi Greg! I recognize your pain & its duration. I, myself have been paining w/ P.F. since 4/1/01. I've rec'd. several treatments from shots, meds, stretching, etc. Seems like my feet 'enjoy' being inflamed & painful as they certainly do take me there lots!
I can only say my pain has decreased over the course of time; but it has been very, very slowly. Unfortunately, my job entails lots of legwork; so I am hopeful that is why healing has taken me this long .... maybe your lifestyle is like mine. I hope that your pain does disappear more quickly; but from what I read at this site, from others' input, the dreaded P.F. certainly takes its toll & its time in departing. Ice & more ice seems to be my best advice & remedy!

Re: Help ME PLEASE!!!!! FOOT PAIN

Dr. Biehler on 9/26/01 at 09:08 (061616)

I have found that most patients who have been told they are flat footed really only have lax ligaments that lets their foot flaten on weight bearing. There seems to come a time when the body can no longer easily compensate by small changes in gate and other areas. When this happens, pain can start to set in. If it is possibly to determine the cause of the problem, sometimes only minor adjustments by use of inserts/orthotics is all that is needed to put you back to a pre-pain state. Dr. B.

Re: Help ME PLEASE!!!!! FOOT PAIN

Rachael T. on 9/26/01 at 07:11 (061604)

Hi Greg! I recognize your pain & its duration. I, myself have been paining w/ P.F. since 4/1/01. I've rec'd. several treatments from shots, meds, stretching, etc. Seems like my feet 'enjoy' being inflamed & painful as they certainly do take me there lots!
I can only say my pain has decreased over the course of time; but it has been very, very slowly. Unfortunately, my job entails lots of legwork; so I am hopeful that is why healing has taken me this long .... maybe your lifestyle is like mine. I hope that your pain does disappear more quickly; but from what I read at this site, from others' input, the dreaded P.F. certainly takes its toll & its time in departing. Ice & more ice seems to be my best advice & remedy!

Re: Help ME PLEASE!!!!! FOOT PAIN

Dr. Biehler on 9/26/01 at 09:08 (061616)

I have found that most patients who have been told they are flat footed really only have lax ligaments that lets their foot flaten on weight bearing. There seems to come a time when the body can no longer easily compensate by small changes in gate and other areas. When this happens, pain can start to set in. If it is possibly to determine the cause of the problem, sometimes only minor adjustments by use of inserts/orthotics is all that is needed to put you back to a pre-pain state. Dr. B.