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Posted by Tracy F on 12/19/02 at 23:04 (103574)

I started having heel pain about 3 years ago and have not seen a doctor yet. I have had friends in the medical field say that there is really nothing they do for it that i just have to live with it. I am a store manager in retail so I am on my feet for 10 hours a day,and i believe that is where my problem started {not to mention losing a few pounds would not hurt.} The first time i relized i had a problem was when i got out of bed one morning and literally could not walk without limping. The pain through the day is not so bad, but when i come home and get off my feet and then go to stand up again, the pain can be unbarable.Ihave read the web site about using ice and streching. I am going to give it a try. How long will it take till i can feel results? and should i see a doctor if the pain continues or learn to live with it?

Re: heel pain

Dr. Z on 12/19/02 at 23:22 (103576)

You need to do two things

1. Educate yourself on heel pain by reading the heel pain book
2. See a podiatrist to evaluate and x-ray your feet.

To say that nothing can be done is very strange . I imagine your medical friends aren't foot and ankle specialists. This is a very common attitude among general medical docs. So get help asap. There is no reason to be in pain and risk additional damage to other joint such as your ankle., knees hips or lower back

Re: heel pain

Julie on 12/20/02 at 01:06 (103581)

Your friends don't know, so please don't listen.

See a podiatrist for help, and as Dr Z says, educate yourself. There is much that can be done.

Your work is not helping, and has in all probability contributed to your heel pain. Is there any possibility of transferring to sit-down duties to give your feet a chance to heal?

Icing does help to reduce inflammation. Be careful with stretching. Weight-bearing exercise is generally not a good idea. Some time ago I posted some yoga-based foot exercises which several people have found helpful. It's a long time since I posted them and will post them again, so look for them on the Treatments board.

To reduce pain while your standing, you could try taping - you'll find instructions in the heel pain book. Above all, rest as much as you can, and see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/20/02 at 12:31 (103613)

Hi Tracy,
Your situation is very typical. Like Julie sad, your friends obviously don't know or understand about foot problems or PF, so I would strongly urge you to NOT listen to them. You must educate yourself about PF. Staying connected with this website, and message board, will provide you with all the information you need. Everyone who posts here, has had or is going through similiar situations, we all know and completely understand what you're going through. There is a wealth of information and caring people here who are eager to help and answer questions, so please stay connected, we are all here to help and encourage each other.

You have to find a treatment that works for you, I'm a very firm believer in taking the conservative approach, in my opinion, and from learning about others experiences, I would never let a Dr. do surgery on my feet.

You MUST wear shoes that provide good support, that is essential. Only until I bought Birkenstock shoes did I begin to recover from my PF. I tried the Cortizone shots, which gave only temporary relief, I had untrasound, which didn't do much, and then I got serious about my therapy. I started icing on a regular basis, during my lunch break at work I'd take a frozen water bottle, and massage the bottom of my foot. I taped my foot, and sometimes wore an elastic ankle support.

Inflammation is what causes the pain, so by reducing the inflammation you will get relief from the pain, this can't be done overnight, it takes time.
It took me about 8 months to finally start feeling results.
Before getting out of bed, rub your feet and calves, stretching is a must every day. Take anti-inflammatory medication, and rest as much as you can.
Tracy, determination and sticking with a regimine will get you through this. Keeping focused on getting better, and not allowing negative thoughts to enter your mind is VERY important.

I hope this has been helpful, post when you can on the Treatments board, there are others who will answer back and provide you with much more information. I usually hang out on the Social Board, thats where we discuss all kinds of topics other than foot problems, and it sure helps me to get my mind off things.
All the best to you.

Happy trails....

Necee

Re: heel pain

nancy s. on 12/20/02 at 16:55 (103641)

necee, i've been wondering how you're doing footwise. are you experiencing gradual improvement, and how are you feeling in general while on your feet at work and otherwise? i hope it's going better for you.

nancy
.

Re: heel pain

Jim C. on 12/20/02 at 17:07 (103642)

Tracy,

I found I could reduce my morning pain by 50 to 70% with the use of night splints. Also taping is can provide quik relieve through the course of the day. Between those two things you should feel a major reduction in pain immediatly.

For long term healing do stretch, ice, good quality foot gear and above all rest. It also helps to keep a positive attitude as setbacks are the norm and this condition doesn't go away overnight.

Good Luck,

Jim

Re: To: Nancy S. Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:35 (103814)

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for asking, I'm doing much better. As you very well know, it takes a long time.
My pain level is about a 1-2 now, and I'm not complaining, I can certainly tolerate that.
Amazingly, I'm still working. I give all the credit to my Birks, if I hadn't bought those shoes and wore them daily, I really don't think I'd be better at all.
I still have morning stiffness, but hey, at my age I guess that's normal! And every once in a while, I'll get this little twinge of pain, but thank goodness it doesn't last.
How are you?

Happy trails and Merry Christmas!
Necee

Re: To: Nancy S. ~~Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:38 (103815)

I'm doing much better Nancy, thanks for asking. My pain level is about a 1-2 now. Every once in a while, I'll get this little twinge of pain, but thank goodness it doesn't last long.
I give a lot of credit to my Birks, I really don't think I could continue my job if it wasn't for those shoes!

Happy trails and Merry Christmas!

Necee

Re: OOPS!!! Don't know why that posted twice (NM)

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:40 (103816)

Necee

Re: To: Nancy S. ~~Re: heel pain

nancy s. on 12/23/02 at 08:31 (103829)

glad to hear it, necee. i'm about where you are, i think, and have been for quite a while now. i live with it easily, compared to two-three years ago! i still have to slap my own wrist now and then for overdoing working on my feet -- but with evening rest and icing, they recover quickly for the next day. merry christmas to you, too,

nancy
.

Re: heel pain

Dr. Z on 12/19/02 at 23:22 (103576)

You need to do two things

1. Educate yourself on heel pain by reading the heel pain book
2. See a podiatrist to evaluate and x-ray your feet.

To say that nothing can be done is very strange . I imagine your medical friends aren't foot and ankle specialists. This is a very common attitude among general medical docs. So get help asap. There is no reason to be in pain and risk additional damage to other joint such as your ankle., knees hips or lower back

Re: heel pain

Julie on 12/20/02 at 01:06 (103581)

Your friends don't know, so please don't listen.

See a podiatrist for help, and as Dr Z says, educate yourself. There is much that can be done.

Your work is not helping, and has in all probability contributed to your heel pain. Is there any possibility of transferring to sit-down duties to give your feet a chance to heal?

Icing does help to reduce inflammation. Be careful with stretching. Weight-bearing exercise is generally not a good idea. Some time ago I posted some yoga-based foot exercises which several people have found helpful. It's a long time since I posted them and will post them again, so look for them on the Treatments board.

To reduce pain while your standing, you could try taping - you'll find instructions in the heel pain book. Above all, rest as much as you can, and see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/20/02 at 12:31 (103613)

Hi Tracy,
Your situation is very typical. Like Julie sad, your friends obviously don't know or understand about foot problems or PF, so I would strongly urge you to NOT listen to them. You must educate yourself about PF. Staying connected with this website, and message board, will provide you with all the information you need. Everyone who posts here, has had or is going through similiar situations, we all know and completely understand what you're going through. There is a wealth of information and caring people here who are eager to help and answer questions, so please stay connected, we are all here to help and encourage each other.

You have to find a treatment that works for you, I'm a very firm believer in taking the conservative approach, in my opinion, and from learning about others experiences, I would never let a Dr. do surgery on my feet.

You MUST wear shoes that provide good support, that is essential. Only until I bought Birkenstock shoes did I begin to recover from my PF. I tried the Cortizone shots, which gave only temporary relief, I had untrasound, which didn't do much, and then I got serious about my therapy. I started icing on a regular basis, during my lunch break at work I'd take a frozen water bottle, and massage the bottom of my foot. I taped my foot, and sometimes wore an elastic ankle support.

Inflammation is what causes the pain, so by reducing the inflammation you will get relief from the pain, this can't be done overnight, it takes time.
It took me about 8 months to finally start feeling results.
Before getting out of bed, rub your feet and calves, stretching is a must every day. Take anti-inflammatory medication, and rest as much as you can.
Tracy, determination and sticking with a regimine will get you through this. Keeping focused on getting better, and not allowing negative thoughts to enter your mind is VERY important.

I hope this has been helpful, post when you can on the Treatments board, there are others who will answer back and provide you with much more information. I usually hang out on the Social Board, thats where we discuss all kinds of topics other than foot problems, and it sure helps me to get my mind off things.
All the best to you.

Happy trails....

Necee

Re: heel pain

nancy s. on 12/20/02 at 16:55 (103641)

necee, i've been wondering how you're doing footwise. are you experiencing gradual improvement, and how are you feeling in general while on your feet at work and otherwise? i hope it's going better for you.

nancy
.

Re: heel pain

Jim C. on 12/20/02 at 17:07 (103642)

Tracy,

I found I could reduce my morning pain by 50 to 70% with the use of night splints. Also taping is can provide quik relieve through the course of the day. Between those two things you should feel a major reduction in pain immediatly.

For long term healing do stretch, ice, good quality foot gear and above all rest. It also helps to keep a positive attitude as setbacks are the norm and this condition doesn't go away overnight.

Good Luck,

Jim

Re: To: Nancy S. Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:35 (103814)

Hi Nancy,
Thanks for asking, I'm doing much better. As you very well know, it takes a long time.
My pain level is about a 1-2 now, and I'm not complaining, I can certainly tolerate that.
Amazingly, I'm still working. I give all the credit to my Birks, if I hadn't bought those shoes and wore them daily, I really don't think I'd be better at all.
I still have morning stiffness, but hey, at my age I guess that's normal! And every once in a while, I'll get this little twinge of pain, but thank goodness it doesn't last.
How are you?

Happy trails and Merry Christmas!
Necee

Re: To: Nancy S. ~~Re: heel pain

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:38 (103815)

I'm doing much better Nancy, thanks for asking. My pain level is about a 1-2 now. Every once in a while, I'll get this little twinge of pain, but thank goodness it doesn't last long.
I give a lot of credit to my Birks, I really don't think I could continue my job if it wasn't for those shoes!

Happy trails and Merry Christmas!

Necee

Re: OOPS!!! Don't know why that posted twice (NM)

Necee on 12/23/02 at 00:40 (103816)

Necee

Re: To: Nancy S. ~~Re: heel pain

nancy s. on 12/23/02 at 08:31 (103829)

glad to hear it, necee. i'm about where you are, i think, and have been for quite a while now. i live with it easily, compared to two-three years ago! i still have to slap my own wrist now and then for overdoing working on my feet -- but with evening rest and icing, they recover quickly for the next day. merry christmas to you, too,

nancy
.