Too early for surgery
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Posted by Rhonda on July 29, 1998 at 01:27:14:
I know how painful and frustrating PF is as I have had it severely for 2 1/2 years but surgery should be a last resort. Usually doctors won't consider doing surgery until a person has had PF for at least one year and only after all other conservative approaches have failed. For most people with PF it goes away on its own after 6 months or 1 year. Before trying surgery you should try the conservative approaches. 1. Stay off your feet for as long as possible. 2. Ice your foot often. 3. Try night splints 4. If you can't afford orthodics buy some cheap Dr. Scholl arch supports from your local drug store (these were shown to be more effective than expensive custom made orthodics by Consumer Reports). 5.Stretch the calf each day (gently). 6. Try having your foot taped by a physiotherapist.
Here is a useful website for you...it is a survey of the most useful therapies. http://heelspurs.com/database/results.html
Best of luck! Rhonda
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