have been diagnosed with PF and conservative treatments are working so far
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Posted by Chrissy on August 18, 1998 at 11:45:37:
I was diagnosed with PF about two weeks ago. My podiatrist identified a spur on each of my heels along with the PF. I only have (had) pain in my right foot. He gave me an injection of cortisone and he numbed my foot a bit before doing it. He then taped (called "strapping") my foot and told me to keep it that way for 3-4 days to help correct my pronating arch while the cortisone did its work. I continued to exercise (even the very next day), eliminating high impact exercise (running, aerobics) and focused on walking and biking and strength training. I've been icing my foot every night. That following weekend, I bought Spenco arch supports and have worn them ever since. I am almost completely pain free. I'll go back for another visit tomorrow and will almost certainly get another injection. Orthotics are being discussed but I'm not sure if the Spenco's are enough for now. I won't be running much anymore since I am finding that my workouts are just as good with alternative cardiovascular activities. I also try not to go barefoot too much and am thinking about the Birkenstocks. I am guessing that the PF is something to always be aware of but that the majority of my pain is gone, at least for now. Just wanted to share my story....
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