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Posted by Kevin K on 1/26/05 at 01:04 (167957)

5 years ago I was told I needed to have surgery on each foot to fix my arch supports. I also had to get $300 arch supports and numerous shots. Instead I bought a new pair of shoes and the problem was solved. 3 months ago, started having bad pains in my heal, my foot will just all of sudden start to swell up, night time is the worse. Went to the Dr. the other day, they did an X-ray, and then told me I have a heal spur. What can I do? I am a manager for Chili's and have to be on my feet all the time. Sometimes the pain isn't that bad, sometimes it's unbearable. Going to bed is the worst, so much pain while I'm sleeping I wake my wife up. Have some good days, and some bad. I'm new to this, so can I get some advice?
Thank you.


Carole C in NOLA on 1/26/05 at 12:47 (167984)

Kevin, it sounds like you have Plantar Fasciitis ('PF), which is usually associated with heel spurs. Technically the heel spurs don't cause the pain, but are a result of the PF.

The first thing you need to do is to read the heel pain book (it's a free webpage on this website).

Some things that helped me with my PF are:

1. Never, ever going barefoot... not even for one step, not even to stand for a second.
2. Good, supportive shoes. I had custom orthotics made, and put in some good, supportive SAS tie-up shoes.
3. Birkenstock shoes are wonderful to wear around the house, because they are easy to slip on and off and they seem to help many of us.
4. Shower shoes... don't go barefoot in the shower. I used rubber shower shoes and a shower stool.
5. Stretching. I did stretches similar to Julie's Yoga stretches. Click on the word 'Yoga'. I did them several times a day and always before getting out of bed.
6. Ice. That's great after you have overdone (like after you get home from work). Put your foot on a bag of frozen peas, since it conforms to the shape of your foot. It's colder than one of those gel packs, too.
7. Rest. I stayed off my feet as much as possible. In your case, I would imagine that's pretty hard while you are at work. But when you're not at work, sit down and put your feet up.

Hope this helps! REading and asking questions on this message board helps a lot.

Carole C


John H on 1/26/05 at 14:07 (167988)

First thing Kevin is to see your Podiatrist or an MD Foot and Ankle specialist. A quick stop gap might be to try a pair of Birkenstock Airizona sandals. Many people find these offer some immediate help as they have a built in arch support. I managed a shopping center with Chilis as our anchor tenant. I was totally stunned by the monthly revenue generated by Chilis. I am currently talking to Brinkers International (Chilis parent company) about a new location. Good fortune 500 company. If you can find a few minutes a day to ice your feet it might help until you and your doctor work out a plan.


Suzanne D. on 1/26/05 at 17:14 (168005)

Kevin, I agree with everything Carole and John said to you. And I am sorry for your pain. I hope it helps to know that many of us understand your pain and frustration!

Another thing that might give you some relief while at work is to try taping your feet. There is an explanation of this in the Heel Pain Book on this site with a little video showing how it is done. Taping brought considerable relief to me at work (teaching small children/on my feet a great deal). It is simple to do and not very costly, so it would be worth a try. Basically, it helps take the strain off the ligaments on the bottom of your feet.

As for pain at night, I do remember how upsetting that is. I would wake in the night often from the pain. If you sleep on your stomach, try to lie on your side instead. That will be easier on your feet. Also, you can scoot down to the end of the bed and hang your feet over the edge (provided you don't have a footboard). That always gave me some relief as well. There are night splints which can be purchased which help keep the calf stretched and the feet in a position for less pain.

Good luck to you!
Suzanne :)


Kathy G on 1/27/05 at 09:27 (168027)


It's tough to have PF in your profession. You've received good advice but I might add one suggestion. You may already be doing this but sit down at work anytime you have the opportunity. Anything you used to do standing that can be done sitting, do it sitting. If there's a lull, sit down. It's better than having to look for a new job. And sit and rest your feet as much as possible when you're at home.

Do you take anything at night, before bed, to help with the pain? If your Pod doesn't have a suggestion, check with your Primary Care Physician. PCP's are better able to help you manage pain. Not all Pods are since that's not really in their training. I would sometimes take a Darvocet at bedtime to help with the night pain. You need your sleep in order to function the next day and that's one pain reliever that doesn't give you a hangover. There are countless others.

Good luck to you!:)