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Please assit me in my struggle.

Posted by julie.c. on 7/25/03 at 11:26 (125225)

I am 23 years old and have been struggling with heal pain for quite sometime , I used to work in retail jobs where i was standing for hours i had mild foot aches and numbness , for the last 3 years i have been working at a desk job, i started working out to get more exercise due to the lack of moving , and the pain began to worsen , I now have this pain everyday all day it never goes away.I can no longer work out and have gained most of my weight back . My most painfull time with my feet is when i wake up in the morning several times i have fallen down or stumbled because the pain was so bad , i have tryed gel inserts and new shoes and new runners , my doctor has sent a letter to a foot doctor to help me i am in the process of waitning for an appt . please if there is anything that anyone has to offer in the areas of advice/ treatment It would be appreciated

Re: Please assit me in my struggle.

Dr. Z on 7/25/03 at 14:51 (125237)

You do need to see a foot specialists, but in the waiting period for an appointment here is what I would do.
1. Take three adavil three times daily for one week
2. Go to the drug store get heel guards
3 Rest
4 Soak hot/cold/hot soaks five minutes each twice daily
5 No bare feet
Try to get an appointment as soon as you can

Re: Please assit me in my struggle.

Dan P. on 7/26/03 at 17:41 (125302)

I'm a physician and don't agree with Dr. Z's advice;

1) Only take Advil if you don't have an allergy to aspirin and aren't already taking an anti-inflammatory

2) Don't waste your money on heel cups, heel guards, etc. In 20 years of practice I can count the amount of times these have helped on one hand.

3) Don't soak your feet in warm/hot water. The relief is very temporary and can increase inflammation. Ice 20 minutes an hour will help more if you don't have circulation problems.

4) I do agree with Dr. Z that you should seek professional care and not walk barefoot.

Re: Please assit me in my struggle.

McKee on 7/26/03 at 18:07 (125303)

Find a pool with a deep end. Buy a floatation belt. (I got mine at Big 5)

Get in the water and walk or run for a good solid 20 minutes to start and build up to a longer period.

It won't hurt your foot and you will get GREAT exercise and feel better about yourself.

Re: Please assit me in my struggle.

Dr. Z on 7/27/03 at 11:13 (125336)

Well at least we have one agreement see a podiatrist as soon as possible.