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Doctors, what is PF?

Posted by Dollie on 11/02/01 at 18:24 (064026)

Doctors, I've asked a couple of questions, and read many of the messages, so now conclude I must have a form of PF, but can't find any information in home medical books to explain just exactly what it is. Would you mind explaining what it is, how it is causing so much pain, and if there is any relief in sight? My HMO asks 'what kind of doctor would you like to see?' and I don't know the answer. Would it be a podiatrist or a neurologist or someone else? Thanks for your help.

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Steve P on 11/03/01 at 18:18 (064068)

Hi Dollie --

1. Please click on 'The heel pain book' above & read it for a good general discussion & orientation on PF.

2. If you suspect you have PF you should see either a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist. Sports Medicine is also a specialty that will diagnose & treat PF.

Please see a doctor soon; the sooner you get a confirmed diagnosis, the sooner you can get a treatment plan under way.

Good luck!

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Dollie on 11/04/01 at 01:16 (064084)

Steve, thank you for heading me to the PF/heelspur book. After reading it, I'm pretty sure that PF is NOT my problem. My pain is manifested by numbness/burning in the pad area in the front of my feet and around my toes. It has become increasingly more painful (often awakening me and keeping me awake for hours at a time) and my doctor is stymied because I don't fit in her books. She has variously prescribed Prednisone, Diclofenac, Naproxen, and Vioxx. None has been effective, and she is constantly worried about my ulcer and hiatal hernia. After reading your information I have tried cold water and taping, but before I saw your picture. The way I taped my toes/forefoot was with a 'paper' tape, wrapped around the entire area, altho I leave the ends of my toes exposed. This stays on even through my showers. It doesn't interfer with socks/hose or shoes. There's still some heat, but not killing like before. I will get some instep supports, which a friend indicates 'cured' her PF. I have no trouble with my heels, except for a burser on one heel, which prevents me from wearing shoes with closed in heels.

Since I don't have heel spurs, and apparently not PF, I may be outside your study completely, but have found many people, including my son who is a pilot, who have the same thing I have. I am overweight by about 25 pounds, so will studiously lose those. I've wondered if that didn't cause some of it. This all started when we took a 24 hour flight to Holy Land, walked 12-14 hours a day in the heat there for 20 days, lots of foot swelling, and the pain when that subsided. I may have been one of those who kept thinking 'it's going away', if I just sweat it out. Anyway, thanks again for stearing me to your site. Dollie

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Steve P on 11/04/01 at 16:16 (064110)

Hi Dollie -- Just to clear something up, I'm not associated with this website. I'm just a visitor here like you. But I'm glad to have been of some help.

I still think you should see a podiatrist or Sports Medicine doctor, since you have persistent foot pain. Your MD seems to be just treating you for inflammation without determining the root cause. You need a definite diagnosis & treatment plan. So I suggest you see either of those specialists in the near future.

Best.........Steve

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Steve P on 11/03/01 at 18:18 (064068)

Hi Dollie --

1. Please click on 'The heel pain book' above & read it for a good general discussion & orientation on PF.

2. If you suspect you have PF you should see either a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist. Sports Medicine is also a specialty that will diagnose & treat PF.

Please see a doctor soon; the sooner you get a confirmed diagnosis, the sooner you can get a treatment plan under way.

Good luck!

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Dollie on 11/04/01 at 01:16 (064084)

Steve, thank you for heading me to the PF/heelspur book. After reading it, I'm pretty sure that PF is NOT my problem. My pain is manifested by numbness/burning in the pad area in the front of my feet and around my toes. It has become increasingly more painful (often awakening me and keeping me awake for hours at a time) and my doctor is stymied because I don't fit in her books. She has variously prescribed Prednisone, Diclofenac, Naproxen, and Vioxx. None has been effective, and she is constantly worried about my ulcer and hiatal hernia. After reading your information I have tried cold water and taping, but before I saw your picture. The way I taped my toes/forefoot was with a 'paper' tape, wrapped around the entire area, altho I leave the ends of my toes exposed. This stays on even through my showers. It doesn't interfer with socks/hose or shoes. There's still some heat, but not killing like before. I will get some instep supports, which a friend indicates 'cured' her PF. I have no trouble with my heels, except for a burser on one heel, which prevents me from wearing shoes with closed in heels.

Since I don't have heel spurs, and apparently not PF, I may be outside your study completely, but have found many people, including my son who is a pilot, who have the same thing I have. I am overweight by about 25 pounds, so will studiously lose those. I've wondered if that didn't cause some of it. This all started when we took a 24 hour flight to Holy Land, walked 12-14 hours a day in the heat there for 20 days, lots of foot swelling, and the pain when that subsided. I may have been one of those who kept thinking 'it's going away', if I just sweat it out. Anyway, thanks again for stearing me to your site. Dollie

Re: Doctors, what is PF?

Steve P on 11/04/01 at 16:16 (064110)

Hi Dollie -- Just to clear something up, I'm not associated with this website. I'm just a visitor here like you. But I'm glad to have been of some help.

I still think you should see a podiatrist or Sports Medicine doctor, since you have persistent foot pain. Your MD seems to be just treating you for inflammation without determining the root cause. You need a definite diagnosis & treatment plan. So I suggest you see either of those specialists in the near future.

Best.........Steve