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Posted by MARTI on 7/29/05 at 09:57 (179375)

HEY ALL IM NEW AND HOPE IM DOING THIS RIGHT!!! I JUST FOUND THIS BOARD AND ITS SOOOOOOOOO HELPFUL. I HAVE HAD PF FOR 2 MONTHS AND STILL CANT GO TO A MALL OR GROCERY STORE!!! BEEN TO DR NOOOOOOOOOOOOO HELP!!!!! IM WERING BIRKS THAT SEEM TO HELP AS I HAVE HIGH ARCHES. ICING AND EXCERIES AND NIGHT SPLINTS THAT IM NOT SURE IM DOING RIGHT!!! UGH CANT WEAR ORTHODICS!! SOME ADVISE HERE WOULD REALLY HELP!!! IM SO FRUSTRATED!!!!
MARTI

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John H on 7/29/05 at 10:19 (179376)

I would refrain from any exercise and allow this to settle down. 90% of people who catch this early as you have and treat this conservatively are cured. Many of us continued as usual after we developed PF and it became chronic. Read all you can NOW and follow some of the advice you read here.

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LindaV on 7/29/05 at 10:22 (179379)

Welcome Marti,
I suggest you spend some time reading the info in Scotts Heel Pain Book. There is a lot of great info there. You will find that PF is sort of different for each of us and we find different methods that work or don't work. You must be patient as PF often takes a good amount of time before you get relief. Sounds like you are starting off on the right track...keep educating yourself and post often. The folks here will support you.

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Kathy G on 7/29/05 at 11:42 (179395)

Linda gave you excellent advice. Scott's book is wonderful. When mine was the worst, I rested whenever possible and the only exercises I did were Julie's Foot Yoga exercises which I did very gently. Scott's book should help you with the use of the night splint, otherwise, maybe you should call your doctor and see if he can show you how to use it correctly.

You'll just have to play around until you find the right recovery regime for you as everyone is different. I think we all agree that rest is the most important thing.

It can take a long time for it to go away but I think the recovery rate is something like 90% so don't despair. It's frustrating and painful and most people don't even know what PF is, so don't feel alone. We've all been there.

Good luck and keep us posted. We all really do care! :)

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Suzanne D. on 7/29/05 at 13:47 (179420)

Marti, right now I'm sure you're somewhat overwhelmed and frustrated. Please know that we've all felt that way before! We do care and will try to answer any questions you may have as best we can from our experiences and what we have read.

You have received very good advice already. Do read the Heel Pain Book (just click on the highlighted words) and read about Julie's Yoga stretches.

If you don't mind my asking, was the doctor you saw a foot specialist or a family doctor? The reason I am asking is that I first saw my family doctor (a very good doctor, I might add), and he correctly diagnosed my plantar fasciitis. But it was after finding this board that I went to see a podiatrist who x-rayed, taped my feet, prescribed short-term steroids and then an anti-inflammatory medicine which I took for a few months. In other words, he knew much more about the condition and was able to help me with more specific treatments. My family doctor had given me a paper with stretching exercises, told me to ice, and said 'This will not go away anytime soon'. He mentioned that the other thing he could do would be to give me cortisone shots but that they hurt really badly and he wouldn't do that until I decided I needed them. I was wearing Keds tennis shoes at the time, and he said they were just the thing to wear.

So...after reading the Heel Pain Book, you may want to think about what your doctor said on your visit and compare to all this information you learn. If you feel he was not quite 'up' on PF, you might want to see someone else. That's what I did, and I'm glad I did. I don't know how my feet would be now if I had not found this board and continued in my quest for finding more treatment.

Best wishes,
Suzanne :)

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MARTI on 7/29/05 at 18:05 (179451)

THANKS EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND WORDS!!! YES HE IS A FOOT SPECILIST AND DOESNT WANT TO DO SHOTS NOR DO I!!! HE SAID ICE AND EXCERSISE!!!ASPRIN AND SPLINTS!!! ITS JUST SOOOOOOOOOO PAINFUL! I KNOW YALL KNOW!!!! ANY KIND OF SHOES???? IM DOING BIRKS BUT DONT KNOW WHAT KIND OF SNEAKERS???? KEDS??? ANY ADVISE ON SRCH SUPPORTS??? WALKFIT??????SORRY TO COMPLAIN!!!!!
MARTI
GLAD YOUR HERE!!!!!

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Suzanne D. on 7/29/05 at 22:02 (179469)

Sorry, Marti; I probably confused you with that comment I wrote about Keds and my family dr. saying they were just the right shoe to wear. Although a good dr., he doesn't have expertise in foot problems, and I learned later that Keds did not have the support I needed.

You might check out posts on the shoes/orthotics board here. Richard C.Ped gives great answers there to shoe questions. As a good rule of thumb, he advises that no shoe should bend in the middle when you hold it up and attempt to bend it. It should only bend where the foot bends, not in the middle. I hope I am making myself clear on that.

Birks are good for many people because of the orthotic footbed. Quite a few people have good results with the Superfeet inserts and some speak highly of those made by Powerstep. I have read of many people having good luck with New Balance shoes. It really depends on the person and their unique foot issues, I think.

Good luck. I'm glad you found this board!
Suzanne :)

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LindaV on 7/30/05 at 16:42 (179493)

If you go to a really good sports shoe center (not a chain, I'm talking one where die-hard runners get their sneakers)-you may find a salesperson who is knowledgable about PF and can help you. Thats what happened to me. He was great...he put me in the green superfeet supports and suggested the New Balance 880. My foot doctor thoroughly agreed with his choice. But thatwas MY foot..yours may be different. So, keep on looking around. And don't feel guilty about complaining and asking advice..thats what we are here for!

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MARTI on 7/30/05 at 16:46 (179494)

THANKS SO MUCH SUZZANE!! I DO WEAR BIRKS AND WILL LOOK INTO SNEAKERS!!! I READ YOUR BIO AND SEE YOU ARE RECOVERED!!!!!! YEAAAAAA MAY I ASK HOW LONG IT WAS FOR YOU?????I STARED THE FOOT YOGA LAST NITE SOOOOOOOOO WE WILL SEE!!!LOL I KNOW EVERYTHING IS TRIAL AND ERROR WITH THIS STUFF!! THEIR ARE DAYS, LIKE TODAY, WHEN I AM READY TO THROW IN THE TOWEL!!!KEEP TRUCKIN!!!
MARTI

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MARTI on 7/30/05 at 16:49 (179495)

LINDA THANK YOU ALSO FOR ADVISE ON SNEAKERS!! LOVE IF YOU WOULD SHARE SOME OF YOUR STORY!!! I NEED LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS TUNNEL!!!!!!!!!!
MARTI

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LindaV on 7/31/05 at 10:25 (179529)

I developed PF about 2 years ago. I think it was a lot of factors that caused it. I was walking A LOT in cold weather to drop 10 lbs. I was wearing way, way worn out sneakers and even hiking boots. I worked on hard concrete hospital floors. And I didn't stretch before or after exercizing much. I got fitted for new sneakers by the shoe store when my doctor diagnosed the PF. He sent me to a POD who tried the taping, ice, etc but ended up having to give me 3 cortisone shots in my right foot, and one on my left. I am now about 90% over it, and can work a full shift. I love the green superfeet in my sneakers, and I have custom orthotics for my bedroom slippers that work out fine. I can walk about 2 miles now. I still have to stretch and do Julies Yoga. I really miss going barefoot, but thats a no-no for me. There IS light at the end of the tunnel. I wish I hadn't suffered so long before getting diagnosed and educated. My course of pain might have been a lot shorter. Good luck, and keep posting.

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Kathy G on 8/01/05 at 16:31 (179668)

Marti,

May I make a suggestion that not meant as a criticism? You post all in caps and it makes the posts hard to read. If you could use lower case, it would be much easier to read. No need to worry about punctuation, etc., here. We've had posters who use no capitals at all and that's just fine.

Please take no offense. This is a friendly suggestion and I hope to see you post on a regular basis and let us know how you are progressing!

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john h on 8/01/05 at 22:36 (179694)

Kathy: I keep reminding my wife to stop posting in all caps. She keeps reminding me she has macular degeneration.

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Kathy G on 8/03/05 at 08:33 (179801)

You're right, John. That was inappopriate of me. I seem to be doing all kinds of inappropriate things of late so I think that while I grapple with an unprecedented, most painful, flare-up of OA, I'd better just keep quiet for a while.

Marti, I meant no harm and if the reason you post in Caps is because of an eye problem, I sincerely apologize.

The most important thing is for you to continue to post!

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John H on 8/03/05 at 09:22 (179810)

Kathy: That was not meant as anything personal as I often posted the same sort of thing until my wife got macular degeneration and I discovered that helps her read the type. Most 'bold' post however are from people who are not familar with internet protocol. Absolutely no offense taken.

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Kathy G on 8/03/05 at 16:30 (179886)

Thanks, John. See how crazy the internet can be? I have been so upset all day because I thought I was out of line and you were scolding me!

I feel better now!

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John H on 8/04/05 at 10:00 (179963)

Kathy: I have enough trouble keeping myself in line without scolding others. I live in a glass house so I do my best not to throw bricks. Not always successful but doing the best I can.