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Posted by Marty from SLC on 8/11/04 at 11:13 (157518)

Here is a simple treatment that your doctor can use to stop heel pain immediately. Have your doctor place your foot into a fiberglass foot cast. This is only placed on the foot. The foot cast will stop all weight on the heel and rest the plantar. Wear for two week and remove and treat from there. Very simple. safe and easy to walk with and the pain will stop immediately

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John from MN on 8/11/04 at 12:33 (157541)

I do not understand how the cast will heal torn fascia tissue? I had a standard cast on my feet for 5 weeks and it did not make any difference in the pain.

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Dr. Z on 8/11/04 at 15:42 (157580)

The cast takes all of the weight/tension off the foot so that you don't place weight on that area that is trying to heal. This will break up the pain cycle. Rest and immoblization can give the area a change to heal. This is very similiar to a broken bone. The cast stops abnormal motion and allows the body to try and heal the area. Will it heal everyone no but it will stop the pain. My point was to try and help posters that are in pain and talking about pain to help stop the pain. It is very simple suggestion. Just trying to help

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Pete on 8/11/04 at 18:43 (157594)

Theory sounds great, but is it really going to work for us long term sufferes ? I.e has the damage already been done and rest may not help ?
Probably ideal for the new sufferer.

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Dr. Z on 8/11/04 at 19:33 (157602)

If you are in severe pain this may give you a break from the pain. The pain will probaby return after you take it off with the chronic pf but pain relief for a few weeks to get your life back . Why not ?

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john h on 8/11/04 at 19:34 (157603)

We have had some posters become worse after being in a cast for 6 weeks. I do not remember anyone saying this cured them although I may have missed such a post. We had at least one person in a wheelchair for a year and got no better. My opinion which is based on no medical facts is that most parts of the body that move need to move. That is why we now have people on their feet a day after major surgery. What is that old saying? 'Use it or lose it'? Certainly there are times rest is in order but my guess is you cannot cure PF with rest or imobilization unless we are talking a fracture or some type of trauma.

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Dr. Z on 8/11/04 at 19:42 (157610)

John

The cast I am talking about allows you to keep moving. There is no ankle motion restriction. The placing of a BK cast is what the posters are talking about. The slipper cast or foot cast only is placed around the heel and top of foot to secure. So there is no lost of motion and the heel is off loaded. So the patient is following the use it or lost concept

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John from MN on 8/11/04 at 20:01 (157613)

I can understand why someone would want a break from the pain, after a while you just become numb to the constant burning in your feet.

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Linda V. on 8/12/04 at 18:55 (157715)

Hi,
what is the rest of your name, Dr. Z.? And what type of MD are you?
just curious...i am sort of looking for a dr. zinmeister, and wonder if it might be YOU! thanks, linda v.

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Pauline on 8/12/04 at 20:47 (157724)

Linda,
I don't know why Dr. Z. didn't answer yet. He probably didn't see your post, but his name is Dr. David Zuckerman DPM. Dr. Zuckerman is a Podiatrist.

Here is a link to his website http://www.thefootspecialist.com/

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Dr. Z on 8/12/04 at 20:50 (157725)

Pauline

thanks.