======================== Scott, I am a fourth year podiatry student in Chicago and would like to tell you that I feel you have put together a very comprehensive site on plantar fasciitis. It is an excellent resource for patients and physicians alike. Good job. ================= Hi Scott! I just wanted to say great website on heel spurs and plantar fasciitis! I am a physical therapy grad student soon to be graduating, and I am currently completing an internship at an outpatient PT clinic. I recently discharged a patient with heel spur syndrome who was treated in our clinic with great success with Iontophoresis with Acetic Acid, followed by 6 minutes of pulsed ultrasound and friction massage. Although not completely cured, my patient reported feeling 90% better after approximately 12 visits. I am curious as to whether you found any information regarding the use of Iontophoresis with Acetic Acid, as this is becoming a fairly standard protocol in PT clinics for treatment of plantar fasciitis. Again, thanks for the web site! Christine C. ================ Dear Scott, Thank you for creating such a complete resource. I recently found myself in increasing pain in my left heel over two months after moving an extremely heavy load across a concrete floor. I went to a podiatrist who's responses I found highly unsatisfactory. I escaped his treatment plan by stating that I was possibly pregnant. The TENS he adminitered and tape he applied incorrectly did nothing to alleviate what by this time was incapacitating pain. After finding your web site, I began my own treatment plain of applying ice during rest (not often I am afraid, with a five year old son), Tylenol (I have chronic gastritis), and streching exercises. What a dramatic improvement! By the following morning I was able to walk again. Through the following day I came to realize how much I had dreaded putting weight on my foot, as I was so surprised by the lack of it. I am not pain free (only four days later) but vastly improved. As an RN I found your information to be very complete. I write for a medical journal so I am in a position to comment. I use and encourage my clients to avoid the use of technology when it is not neccesary, so I was appreciative of low tech and no tech alternatives to the cortisone injections and surgery that I thought I faced. With sincere appreciation, ================= Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren! Mit Interesse las ich als Betroffener Ihren Artikel in der besagten Zeitung. Anschlie?end besuchte ich Ihre Homepage heelspurs.com. Leider fand ich die deutsche Version (german html) nicht. Konnen Sie mich wissen lassen, ob dieses Dokument irgendwo anders noch abgespeichert ist. Mit bestem Dank und freundlichen Gru?en ================= Dear Scott: I would like to reprint the illustration of plantar fasciitis from your web page in a manual I am developing called "Clinical Pathology for the Professional Bodyworker." This manual is for educational purposes and is self-published. It will be sold to recover production costs. Is this OK with you? Thanks for your help! ===================== To Whom It May Concern: I am a faculty member in the Department of Family and Child Ecology at Michigan State University. I believe that your Web site could be of interest to students in my courses, and I am writing to ask your permission to use any part(s) of your Web site in my teaching. As I lecture I would log on to the Internet, display your Web site for students, and discuss it. The way in which I would display it for students would depend on the situation. I envision several ways students could view the site. ==================== Dear Scott, Hi, my name is . I'm a final year Podiatry student studying at Queen's Uni, Belfast. I'm doing a biomechanics assignment and my patient has plantar fasciitis and medial tibial stress syndrome. I read your web pages on plantar fasciitis (and very interesting they were too!!!). I was wondering if I could reference a line or to if you don't mind. If that's o.k. where do I say I got the text from for the reference and bibliography section. Thanks very much. ==================== Scott, You've done a masterful job of putting together a fantastic site full of valuable information. Thanks for all the hard work you done. The info is a big help to patients and should be to most Drs. In my own experience as a podiatrist for 23+ years, I find that only about 10% of patients presenting with heel pain, end up requiring surgery. ............. At any rate, I enjoyed visiting your web-site and thank you again for the hard work you've put into it. Best of luck. =============== Dear Scott: My name is Ruth Werner, and I am in the process of putting together a textbook about massage and various kinds of diseases and conditions. I found your PF page extremely useful! I have 2 questions for you: a. what is the reference source for "a very long article"? b. would you be willing to be "interviewed" for an up-close-and personal" segment on what it's like to live with this condition? I could probably take excerpts from your PF page, with your permission. Thank you for this good work you've done! Sincerely, ============== I just wanted to congratulate you on your website. It is by far the most informative source for plantar fasciitis that I have ever run across. This would include physicians, publications and the whole gamut of health care professionals. I am a medical massage therapist and also an avid runner. I have had the opportunity to work on several clients who have unfortunately had this condition, and as a runner I have personally experienced the debilitating pain associated with it. I would recommend your site to any of my clients because it explains the condition so thoroughly, gives all of the available treatments, and better yet, rates the treatments according to best success rate. Thank you again for all of the hard work you have put into this site. You deserve a medal for your effort and if there is ever anything I might be able to help you with, please feel free to contact me. =========== Mr. Roberts: My motivation for writing this springs not as much from my being a plantar fasciitis victim as my being a retired English prof. This is one of the best written medical documents I have ever seen. It is clear, both succinct and comprehensive, and without any gobbledook or medical jargon. The illustrations are pertinent and elegant. I don't know how it could have been done better. Wish you could do the same for all the thousand shocks that flesh is heir too. Arthur ============== Dear Scott, I had bi-lateral heel spur surgery July 15, 1999. My doctor also found that I had a chipped done in both heels. Although he said I am recovering well, my job is harrassing me. They say things like you just had simple foot surgery you should be okay now. They are sending me for a fitness for duty. Your article help me a great deal. I now know that I am not crazy, lazy or imagining pain in my mind. Thank you One Million times for the information. =================== You have no idea how happy you have made me. I have gotten to the point where I feel like crying every time I have to take a step. Since I am a swimming coach I stand for about6 hours every day on hard concrete with usually sandals, not good ones. Anyway, tried your taping technique and the pain went away immediately. I will now try a few of your other ideas. Just wanted you to know that the time you spent on your webpage is definitely appreciated by me. Sincerely, ========================= Hi Scott, Great page. Take a look at our page at www.footankle.com/foot/heelarch.htm. If you think this would valuable for you page please feel free to add it. You may also want to look at the July issue of Biomechanics Mag. there is a discussion on heel pain. Biomechanics is online if any problems finding the article please drop us a line. Again, Great Site Doug Hale, DPM Larry Huppin, DPM ====================== I would to thank you for the trememous job that you are doing in keeping up with all heel spur pain treatment. It was this you that allowed me to find information about ESWT. On Jan 26,2000 I became the first podiatrist in the Country to use a machine for heel pain called an Orbasone. It is FDA approved for Chronic heel pain spur pain , plantar fasciits , any insertional tendon pain. I have performed orthotripy on six patients. I would like to update you on my results as time past. I hope that this treatment makes a big non-surgical dent in the heel pain. Thanks Dr. David Zuckerman =================== Scott; Just wanted to say thank you for your site. I am a 36 year old stay at home mother of a very active 3 and 6-year-old in a large house. I am a former dancer and aerobic instructor. My feet feel like they are about 150 years old. Doctors are so rushed these days that I imagine I would have learned 1/10th of what you taught me. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God bless you. =============== How happy I was to find your site. really been suffering with this heel. finally saw a Dr., got a cortisone shot. It really worked. Now he has released me to stretch and ice after my morning walk! I walk two miles each morning, and now will have to add this stretching and icing. But, if it helps me to do something like walk each morning and night I will give it a try. Thanks for being here! =================== thanks. i learned more than i have from anywhere and have more ideas on how to direct my treatment. i am also going to postpone surgery until i have tried all methods and have a second opinion. I would not have done this if i didn't learn all i learned tonight. ===================== Dear Scott, I, in desperation, found this info site and thank you, thank you, thank you!!! It has been several months of following the advice I found here, but I now can lead a fairly normal life. I am walking over two miles a day and can go days without NEEDING to ice and elevate my foot. Thanks! ====================== Scott--Thanks for your thorough, intelligent and well-organized article. I found it three months ago after struggling for four months with heel pain that I thought would hobble me forever. I then got serious and did what it took (taping, heel cushions, arch support, swimming in the ocean for my aerobics, Birkies, icing and Ibu for inflammation) and now I am back to pre-injury condition. I ran a 10-miler last weekend, on hills, even, with no -- repeat no -- aftereffects. Good job. ===================== Thank you so much for compiling this information...you have saved me a trip to who knows how many doctors...and I've passed this along to my grandmother who also suffers from heel pain. ===================== Scott, Just a quick note to thank you and congratulate you on your site. I have learned more in a brief time about PF, which I have got, than three or four visits to Doctors. All the best and thanks again !!! ====================== Just wanted you to know how grateful I am that you have taken the time to give this information out. Have and am suffering with chronic heel problems for a very long time, medications, shots, etc. All the doctors I have seen you have been more informative. Thanks again, ========================= ....ONCE AGAIN, THANK-YOU 100X OVER, YOU ARE MORE HELP THAN ANY DOCTOR OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND I WORK FOR AND WITH DOCTORS AND GENERALLY HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR THEM. BOY I AM SICK OF MY NIKES!!!!!!!!!!!! ========================== Hey Scott, my name is  and I have terrible foot pain. I found your site and felt like I was the only person in the world who was going through torture.. I have a burning sensation in both my feet. It started about three years ago and has never gotten any better. I lost my job of 12 years and started an office job.. With no relief from the burning.. The longer I stand the worse it gets.. I cannot even stand in line at the store without them hurting.. I've tried everything..Stretching, nsaids, cortizone,orthodics of every type, ect... with little help.. I think you have been dealing with the same issues as me and would be grateful if you would take the time to chat with me on this.. And offer me any advice you could.. Sometimes I feel as though I am going crazy, the next time I know I am..Your site has given me hope. Something I havn't had in a long time.. I will stop writing you now, knowing that you have other people who need your advice.. Once again I would appreciate any advice you could give me.. Thank you ======================== Thanks, Scott... your heel spur page answered a lot of my questions. I recently has x-rays to confirm heel spurs after years of "walking through the pain". I'm about to see a podiatrist for the first time, and I now know one thing for certain: NO INJECTIONS. Thanks again for some very timely and very valuable information. You probably saved me considerable pain and suffering. ========================= I learned a great deal from your document, and the situation doesn't seem as hopeless as I believed when, last week, my fourth doctor, a very well-respected orthopedist, announced after looking at my bone scan, that he could do nothing else for me. Obviously, I must do for myself. Thank you for all the helpful information. I wish you well. Sincerely, ====================== I appreciate your information. As a teacher who spends all day on my feet on very hard floors, my pain is great. The two doctors I've consulted had rather not be bothered and I'm not going that route again. I am anxious to try your suggestions and hope for relief. School starts in 5 weeks! I am wearing heel pads that are gel filled but it only eases the pain for a while. Thanks again. =================== Scott - THANK YOU for this website. I just found it today. I've been suffering w/PF for a year now (and on and off for several years before that). Been to a podiatrist, a number of treatments, anti-inflammatory meds, stretching exercises, etc. etc. Nothing making that much difference. So I finally decided to check the web to see what I could find on the topic. Of course, I've only skimmed the surface of what's available here but appreciate all the information -- all of which I plan to look at. I really appreciate the message boards. I was contemplating acupuncture so checked that first. After reading the messages, I think I'll pass. While it looks like there's no sure cure to this heinous condition, it's just good to know there are others out there with same problem and to have all information/opinions available in one spot. Again, thanks for all your hard work on this site. ===================== Scott, Just wanted to say THANK YOU for your website. My husband, Mark, of 15 y ears, has heel spurs/PF. He is in constant agony and works loading semi trucks. We just found out last fall that he is mildly hyperactive and so needs an active, physical job, but his PF is causing so much trouble we are fearing the loss of job for him. Being the sole breadwinner for me and our 4 kids, this idea is devastating, especially since he has had so many jobs not work out cuz we did not know he was ADHD for so many years! He finally finds a job he loves and where he can grow and get into other departments, and POOF! He gets PF! We are both extremely discouraged by this and it has almost wrecked our marriage. Thank you so much for the information on your page! His podiatrist, a Christian and also a Promise Keeper, wants to do surgery and we won't go for it after reading all the stuff on your site. He has also had way too many cortizone shots and the doctor told him that it sometimes takes between 10 and 12 of them to get relief! NOT! My sister also discourages surgery at all costs as she is a physical therapist and says she has never seen a 'good' foot surgery result. I am going to try to get some oil of oregano and/or ibuprofen cream for him to try. I sure hope it helps! Once again, God bless you and THANKS, THANKS, THANKS. Sincerely, ========================== Thanks for your page. I have been suffering this for about eight mos. now. I was seeing a doctor that wasn't very good. Now I've switched to another. I have the night splints and just ordered the orthos. I hope this will work. You provided me with much information. I hope you get that dance. Thanks. =============== I was pretty well at the end of my rope yesterday when I looked up heel spurs on the net.....Yesterday, after reading this article, I taped my arches the way my podiatrist used to. I got immediate relief. I lay on the floor with my feet elevated on the back of the sofa. This morning before leaving my bed, I did the recommended stretching exercize and I walked without pain to the bathroom. .... My heel spurs have been reoccuring since I was pregnant 26 years ago. Most of the time I have no problem. Thank you for the article. I almost wept with joy this morning when I was able to walk without any pain in my feet. Maybe now I can start to live my life again. ============================= Thanks so much for all the research!!! I saw all of my symptoms (as well as the causes) in your website. I will start working on repairing the damage right away. Thanks again, ========================= Scott, It is easy to see that you have spent much time on your web site. It is excellent!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to put your knowledge on the web! ===================== Hi Scott thanks for a very informative professional web site. My wife is having problems and this information wil be beneficail to her. Again thank you for all the hard work in getting this together and if you are ever in Melbourne Australia you would be a most welcome visitor for a meal or accomodation . Regards ====================== Thank you so much for your website. .......Thanks again. You were a 'walker saver' for me--thought I would never enjoy walking again. ====================== hi, first i would like to thank you on this site that seems to have helped quite a few PF sufferers, including myself.it did seem weird and relieved at the same time that there are so many out there who feel the same way.!!! ========================= Hello: What a wonderful gift you have given by sharing your experience with heel spurs and fascitis. I will pass it on to anyone I know who has this problem. I have been suffering for almost a year..Tried ultasound..injections..massage..and spent a fortune on things to go in my shoes. Using the tape message you illustrated in your article gave me instant relief. I have only been doing this for three days and I can tell it is beginning to heal. I will continue to have the massage done for a while. Again, I must tell you how much I appreciate your sharing this. ====================================== Dear Scott, Your web site is so helpful. I too suffer from this dreaded affliction and up until I read your site, I knew practically nothing about it, other than what my doctor told me. Your site was chock full of helpful advice and explanations and wonderful tips and techniques. Thank you for taking the time to create and maintain this helpful site. ============================== Scott: First off, thanks a lot for your web site. I've had plantar fascitis on and off for several years and I only wished I could have found your site earlier. .... Thanks again for your site and dedication and thanks, in advance, for reading this. Yours, ====================== Dear Scott, Thank you for such a wonderful and thorough document on heel spurs. I learned a great deal from it. ...... Thanks for such a good document. =================== Aloha Scott, Thank you for your website on Planter Fascia. I tried the supplement recommended and got IMMEDIATE results with the first pill - 1000 mg. I could feel it working. I am taking one a day as it says on the bottle of PANCREATIN. I was wondering if you could forward more information to me on why you included Pancreatic enzymes in your article. I'm wondering why exactly this product is working. Your site has already changed my life, for months I have been in a lot of pain. It still hurts but not so bad now - it's only been a week or less of one supplement a day. Any further information you can provide will be appreciated. Thank you again, ============================ Hi Scott- Just waned to let you know that my visits to your website this last month has been very helpful to me in trying to understand and cope with my foot problem. ... Thanks or having such an informative site! ===================== Dear Scott, Bless you for the Plantar fasciitis web page. So much information and very easy to read-- ... I so appreciate all of your research and information-gathering that you have shared with the rest of us! Taped my foot according to your photos this evening, and have some precious relief. Why in the world I never thought of it, I don't know, but thank heavens you were doing the thinking for me. Happy Holidays to you and yours, ===================== I discovered your website after my podiatrist told me there was nothing he could do for me because I would not let him inject my heel. .... After reading most of the material on your site, I went out and bought a pair of Spenko inserts. They have made a dramatic difference in just a few days. This is after almost a year of rest, ice, physical therapy, taping, etc. with limited results. I feel hopeful for the first time. Thank you! ==================== Hi Scott, I just wanted to thank you very, very much for your superb web site. I learned more about my PF condition from your site in a single day than I learned in many years of discomfort. .......[many pages of his history and recommendations]..... Thanks again for your excellent site, and good luck to your ongoing battle. I know you have carpal tunnel syndrome, so no reply needed. Best wishes, =================== This is a great site, much more helpful than my doctor chooses to be and/or is able to be because of managed care. This is helpful and well done, a testimony to the value of the internet and your hard work. Thanks, thanks, thanks. ================ Just wanted to thank you for the great article. I copied it and carry it around with me. I have taken your advice, all well advised. .... Thanks for the wonderful website. Sincerely, ================= Last night, after the pain from plantar fasciitis was the worst it's been in the three months I've had it, I found your site. I feel better now, even though it still hurts. But thanks to your instructions on taping, it hurts so much less today. =============== Your page is very helpful...it has the most information I have been able to find ANYWHERE on the subject. I have been suffering from heel pain for over a year now and was diagnosed with PF about a year ago. ... ================= I am amazed. Thanks for all the info. I've suffered with relentless PF for over 4 years, been through physio for the last year - treating my lower back to alleviate the pain, been through three different podiatrists, one who claims to be "The Foot Doctor" (Canada) - all to no avail. Current orthotics are okay but don't make pain go away, just alleviate the symptoms during the day. It's so bad I don't want to get out of bed in the morning. I have printed out your articles and illusrations and will start following some recommendations. thanks for the fabulous site!!! =================== Thank you for consolidating so much helpful information on PF. I am already benefiting from your work. I thought I might pass along something I use at night to minimize the pain when arising. ... Thanks again for you efforts. ==================== Scott, I can't believe the extent of work you have done on your plantar fasciitis web site! I have had chronic pf for almost 4 years .... Thanks again, ====================== Hi Scott; Just wanted to copy you on this email for any advice or direction you would be kind enough to offer. Your web page is great. Thank you so much! ===================== Hello Scott, When I found your web page, I felt a great relief. Thank you so much for your efforts in educating the suffering. I have been under going treatment for plantar fasciitis nearly four months. I'm currently in a cast and have been for over seven weeks. The pain is still quiet intense. My doctor told me I had ruptured the plantar fascia on my left and my right foot is getting worse. I have this cast on for two more weeks then he's ordered a MRI to compare the damage to both feet. I take Indocin. I haven't been able to go to work in over six weeks. Your information you so kindly provided gave me other avenues to pursue in my attempt to over come this injury. I plan on starting some of the exercises you suggested today. Luckily, I work for a great bunch of folks and they have me set up at home telecommuting via computer, fax and phone. It's working out great. But working at home, with a cast on has it's disadvantages too. I'm so isolated here. Your web page gave me a connection I needed to keep myself going and hopefully speed up my recovery. Thank you so much. =========================== THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I really appreciate all the time you obviously put into building your web site! You have been a Major Help to me! I had just had an extremely disappointing, discouraging, and PAINFUL visit to a Bone and Joint Clinic. I was pretty bummed out when I started searching the Net for information. I have had two children, but I will never have another cortisone shot in the bottom of my heel! ======================== Dear Scott, Thank you for your helpful information. I have had PF for about one year now, after taking up power walking to lose weight. ..... Thanks again for your homepage. Very informative and interesting!! ===================== Dear Scott: You are to be commended and admired for the research work you have done to prepare this information. I am a PF sufferer for several years and it has all but sidelined me from doing anything. ..... Thanking you very much for all the time and energy you have spent on this disabling condition. ====================== Dear Scott, Your homepage is the most useful thing I have found yet on the Internet. I have been struggling with PF on my right foot for about 18 months. At first I didn't know what it was. ........... Thanks for all of your info. I look forward to checking back here often. If you know of any cheap or easy way to make a night splint let me know. Thanks . . . ==================== Hello Scott, Just wanted to say thanks for a great collection of articles and links. I think it is going to be very helpful as I try to get over this injury. ================== I have to write and tell you what a fantastic service you provide on the internet. I did a search and found your information, especially your long articles on PF. My wife has it, but it hasn't yet been diagnosed. She made her first visit to a Podiatrist a few days ago, and he doesn't know what's wrong and put her on crutches. After reading your article, I folded some paper and put it in her shoes, and it was DRAMATIC!. She had instant relief from pain. So it appears to be PF. Now we just have to the get doctor to see it. Anyway, I just had to thank your for publishing your experiences. We are very grateful. ===================== I appreciate the work you've done on the heel spur page. I've been having pain in my left heel for about six months, and it's gotten unbearable. After searching you out under "foot pain", you've answered a lot of my questions. Thanks very much! ===================== Thanks a lot. Thanks also for the all the info you've put together. I especially like going through your comments from readers because at least I feel that I'm not alone with this terrible, life-disrupting afflication. ================ wanted to thank you for all the info you have on yer web page about p.f. at least i don 't feel quite so totally alone. ====================== Dear Scott, I am a paratrooper who experiences plantar fasciitis. I am highly motivated and don't want this to interfer with my mission. I must be able to walk extreme distances with up to 75 pounds on my back for a distance of up to 25 miles. Do you have any recommended orthotics, treatment, or know of anyone who posesses the capability to make modifications to combat boots? ====================== Scott - this resource you've developed is just amazing and I'm very thankful for it.... ================ Thank you!! I was scared to death that my foot/heel pain was arthritis and didn't want to face it! I can FIX this!!! Yes!! Great web page, scott. =================== Hi. I first want to thank you for providing such an abundance of valuable info regarding p.f. When I came down with pf, your website was the first thing I turned to. I haven't found anything else on the web that adds anything to your site. ....... In any case, thanks for your great website. ==================== Your information was greatly appreciated. I'm well on my way to recovery or at least mainenance thanks to your information. I have passed on your URL to a couple of others that didn't know what was wrong with thier feet. Thanks for the public service, ======================= Thanks for all your effort. You have a wonderfully informative web site that has been making the rounds of my weight loss listserve......we all are increasing out exercize level and many of us are suffering foot problems as a result. ........ ============= Thanks for all the info. on your pages. I have found the pages to be very helpful, comprehensive, and informative. I do recommend that caution be exercised by those that have any kind of arthritis in trying the taping process. I tried the duct tape method for a few hours, only to develop pain in the ball of my foot near the toes. Perhaps I should have used the athletic tape under the duct tape to stabilize the foot. Most people probably wouldn't develop this problem but I have a mild form of arthritis and unfortunately it seems just about anything can cause problems for me. ====================== Your page answered alot of questions for me...The time and effort you have put into your page are very much appreciated and should prove to be very helpful...Thanks again!..... =============== Thanks for the great presentation on the WWW of your struggles with plantar fasciitis. I'm having a re-occurence of p. f. in my right foot from improper jogging. Since I love to play tennis, the p.f. has been especially annoying. Your pages have helped me to quickly review and better understand the many home and medical treatments. ===================== Dear Scott: I have been experiencing quite a bit of heel pain for several months and didn't know what the problem was....did some net research, came across your plantar fasciitis page, and it answered all my questions as well as gave me some good ideas for working with the problem (I'm sitting here rolling around a can of corn with my foot as I type this). Anyway, I found your page to be one of the best resources on this problem, and just wanted to drop you a note of thanks. ====================== Scott - I must thank you for your awesome site!! I've been suffering from what I believe to be a heel spur for approximately 2 months. ....... =================== Thank you for the great web page you provided. I'm an avid racquetball player and this dilemma just plagued me a few months ago. I sought a podiatrist and I am now sporting orthotics. Although they seem to have aided my discomfort somewhat, I am VERY PLEASED to have read your page. My podiatrist did NOT provide half the information you did, nor the helpful hints on pampering my feet. I have done a lot of the things you recommended and had subsequent relief. THANK YOU. Fellow plantar sufferer... ========================= Scott, After one day of standing with toes on a telephone book the pain in my left heel is TOTALLY gone. Thank you for your excellent web page, and curing the pain in my left heel! I KNEW there would be a simple cure without seeing a doctor! You have saved me a TON of money and restored my belief that there is always an holistic way to heal (almost) everything without surgery . I'm trying to change my lifestyle,( although I stand 10-12 hrs. per day) , and I'm glad to know that my condition is not terminal! Your advice was priceless! ======================= Hello. Your site is a godsend. ===================== Dear Scott, Thank you for you well-written and informative web site. I was diagnosed with pf today and thought I get online to see if I'd find any useful information. Boy, I sure have. Thanks again, Scott. All the best, ======================= Hi Scott Thanks for the page on plantar fasciitis. It confirms what my doctor diagnosed and prescribed today.(I was looking for an excuse to slacken off on my exercise program anyway, so now I have the perfect excuse.) Your page serves a useful purpose in reassuring people with such irritating problems; thanks again. ================ Dear Sir: Thank you, thank you, and thank you for spending the time to create this most helpful site. Yours truly, ================== I have found your web page to be the most down to earth, informative collection of information on this very common and debilitating condition. Great job...well done. I am a nurse, an aerobics instructor, and a former sufferer of P.F. My mom and sister, as well as several of my coworkers (on their feet all night) and students (pounding their feet like the rest of us, trying to stay healthy) are similarly afflicted and I will now recommend your well thought through web page to anyone I would bet is going thru this same aggravation. THANKS! ======================= Hi Scott, I found your webpage in the course of research on Heel Spur Syndrome. For the last fifteen years, I've had this unexplainable pain in my heel in the morning and simply, it does cause a disruption in my life. I want to say thank you for your effort in spreading the work about this condition. ===================== Scott, Again thanks for the web page. I found more helpful, but not encouraging, information tonight. .... Your page and all the many links are very informative, containing more information than my DPM ever shared with me. Keep up the good work. This kind of information is needed. ==================== Hi, Scott, Just wanted to drop you a few lines and thank you for your excellent pages on plantar fasciitis. I had it two years ago in my left foot and went thru the usual conservative treatment with my podiatrist.... A few weeks ago, I developed heel pain in the right foot. So, I figured being an "old pro" at this, I would treat myself. With the knowledge I already had and with the help of your pages, I have "successfully" loosened the plantar fascia. ... So I wanted to thank you for having such a thorough and compehensive page on this problem..... Thank you again, Scott. =================== Last night, after the pain from plantar fasciitis was the worst it's been in the three months I've had it, I found your site. I feel better now, even though it still hurts. But thanks to your instructions on taping, it hurts so much less today. ================= Hi Scott, I love your web site. I have learned much about my condition which I've only had 5 months (feels like longer). I can feel the desperation from fellow sufferers. .... Anyway, I've learned alot from you and other sufferers as a result of your web site. Don't go away. Thanks. Happy holidays! =================== Dear Scott, I have suffered from plantar fascitis for three years now. Went to an orthopedic twice with not much luck. Now, I am having some success thanks to you and all of your hard work. Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate it. Your a good man! ====================== I just got on the net two days ago, and one of the first things I did was look up "treatment of heel spurs". I read just about everything and now feel alot better about going to a doctor. I now know what to expect and what questions to ask. I also learned what I need to do on my own to help alleviate some of the pain I'm experiencing. Thank you, Scott, for making this info available to myself and others. Sincerely, ====================== scott: many thanks for organizing your plantar fasciitis page. I has been extremely helpful and consoling to me during my long bout with pf. I have had it now for about 6 months-- there is a good bit of improvement and I am no longer so depressed about it. I did have a cortisone injection, but it helped for only a week.... in general , it is very important to tell folks that it takes a very long time to heal--with or without drugs, no matter. anyway, i am grateful to you, and I hope your pf is all gone! ========================== Dear Scott: Just having been diagnosed with PF, I am amazed to find all of this information on the net. Your homepage is particularly interesting and helpful. .......... Anyways, thanks very much for all of this helpful information. It's great!!! ====================== Thanks for taking what obviously was a lot of trouble to put up the PF page. I wish I didn't need it, but I do, and it's very helpful. ===================== Hi Scott, Thank you for all of the great information. My sister turned me on to your site. ... Thanks again. What a great service you are providing to us achy runners. =================== Thank you so much for your excellent web page! I am currently seeking help for my pain and have been diagnosed with plantar fascitis. I am in an HMO ... I would appreciate it. Thank you again. ================== Scott, Thank you for the plantar fasciitis page! ====================== Thanks for putting so much information about Plantar Fasciitis. It will be very helpful to me because I have developed it also. =================== A million thanks! The last day of my trip to Scotland I walked in Edinburough with the wrong shoes .... Your web page was a welcome site. I stretched my calf muscles as suggested and iced it. The effect was IMMEDIATE! It is unbelievable how quickly the pain diminished. Anyway I am greatly indebted and feel I've finally turned the corner towards complete recovery. Again thanks a million! ==================== You've done a great service offering your thoughts and solutions on heel pain, of which I've had for about 7 months, and it has just about worn me down. ...... Anyway, thanks for your good works, and would be interested in hearing from you if you've heard of the above. With thanks, ================ Dear Scott: I have been fighting Plantar Fasciitis for about 1 year. It has consistantly gotten worse. .... Your web page on fasciitis is a teriffic resourced. What made you decide to put that page out there for all of us sufferers out there? I'm sure glad you did. I'm going to try any and all of the suggestions I read about. I can't thank you enough. =================== First of all, thank you, thank you for your very informative, much needed homepage and links! It's great. Even my podiatrist was surprised there was a homepage. .... Again. Thanks for your great homepage. =========== ive just been diagnosed with plantars fasciitis,, please help me im scared. Please send me any info on how to make the pain go away ============== I saw your post about your web site and your page on PF on the SciMed usegroup. Nice page and so much information. Thanks for sharing this. My aunt in Maine has PF or 'heel spurs', so I will tell her about this or send her some info...... Thanks again. Good job! =============== Hi Scott, I have thanked you before for providing us with all the information, and I am just wanting to thank you again. I have learned a lot from heelspurs.com and a lot of it has helped me (although I'm not "cured" unfortunately.) I've certainly received more help and more information from your website than the docs and chiros that I have seen. I wanted to send you something for Christmas, but I can no longer find your address on the website. I know it was on the website at one time--perhaps you don't want to publish it--if you don't mind giving it out, please send it to me. ================ Scott - I just came across your web site. It is great and full of very useful information. I want to let you know that someone out here really appreciates the time and energy you spent in putting this together. I have had plantar fascitis for a few years with an especially bad flare up for the last several months. Best of luck with your heel, perhaps the new year will bring you a pain-free foot! ================== Dear Scott: I just want to thank you for the marvelous info you have compiled on PF. I have suffered since Sept. 97 and it's comforting to finally have so much info in one place. I will be trying the strassburg sock and the foot log. I'll keep my fingers crossed. Thanks again! ================= Dear Scott, Thank you so much for your heelspurs.com site. Five years ago, I had a painful heel spur. The only help that I got from my doctor was identification of what it was and a recommendation to pad the heel using a heel spur pad. It took nearly 18 months to go away. Three weeks ago, the heel spur reappeared and within a week it was just as painful as it had been in 1994. I went on the net looking for help and after sifting through dozens of useless sites, found yours. I immediately began icing and stretching it using the methods that you suggest. There was immediate improvement. Within a week, it was gone. Thank you so much. You may not be a doctor, but experience is a wonderful teacher. You are providing a wonderful service with your site. Sincerely, =================== dear scott, i am extremely grateful to you for producing this website. i have tried so many different things and am still searching for relief. ... with much appreciation for your efforts, ============== Dear Scott, .... I am a teacher and I was only off work for five weeks. ... I can see from your information that I have over-done it and am probably causing more harm. Thank you for finding the time and caring enough to put all that information together - it has certainly helped me! Best Wishes, ===================== Hi Scott, First I just want to let you know how greatful I am that you put this web site together. I am a new sufferer, and was on the website for over 4 hours so far. ==================== I have to compliment you on the technical content of your web page. It is excellent. I am a very active athlete. I have had numerous foot injuries over the years. It seems that I have had to educate the family practitioners and sports medicine doctors on the ins and outs of certain procedures and remedies. You have pulled a lot of the information I know and a lot more together in one central location. Hopefully, the users appreciate what you have done. This is an excellent site for learning about plantar's faciitus. Thanks again, ================== ....I found your sight to very helpful and well informed. I appreciate your dedication to feet as i cant afford to visit the doctor. Keep up the good work. ================= GREAT web sitw ith great information! Thanks for taking the ime to set it up. ==================== I have to say that your page is one of the best one stop sources that I have come across. ===================== My name is Kelly. I just turned 18. I'm still in high school. Me and some of my real sexy friends got really nasty at school the other day and we made a web page to show you what we did in gym class. ===================== ...Thanks again for the website. Very good information. Keep up the good work...... and know that what you are doing is being read and is of great use to some folks. I know it is to me!! ============ Scott, I didn't know what plantar fasciitis was until my doctor told me yesterday that I may have it, and referred me to a podiatrist. Thanks to your Web site, I was able to learn a lot about it, and know what my options are. Thank you for providing this wealth of information. ================== Thanks again and great page. It really does help!! ============== Dear Scott, Thanks for your help! What a goldmine. Do you have any information about instep fasciotomy? Thanks, ============= I just wanted to say you have a great site and I wanted to thank you for putting it together. The simple, no BS links with intro commentary to the side are the way all sites should be. ============ Scott, I just had to write and compliment you on your most excellent website. I have been dealing with PF for over 14 months. Your website has been a wealth of information! Thanks for putting all the info together! =================== Thanks for the info on your website; it was very helpful to me, especially the pictures and explanation of how to tape my feet. ===================== Scott, many thanks for your website. It's a valuable resource, and it's obvious you've spent a lot of time on it. =================== Thanks for the great site on plantar fasciitis. I've been able to either learn new things or confirm long standing beliefs of my own. ====================== Dear Scott, I read with great interest your info on PF. I have been dealing with it for nearly 5 years. I am wondering if you are getting better. .... Best regards and thanks for all the info, ============== Please send information on heel pain relieve. [note from Scott: I just threw this one in. This was the message in its entirety. I get these every now and then. That's all they say. It's weird. Something's up with that. I haven't figured it out yet. Here are 4 more that had the subject heading "heel spurs":] need info about them Info please. Information about plantar fasciitis Looking for info on heel spurs. how do you get rid of it. ================= I must say that your web site has the most information on heel spurs that I have seen and I have looked everywhere. =================== =============== I really benefitted from your 18 pages on heel spurs. It has given me much better insight into the whole problem and has helped me to be more patient with the treatment (now ging on for one year). =================== I found your webpage in the course of research on Heel Spur Syndrome. For the last fifteen years, I've had this unexplainable pain in my heel in the morning and simply, it does cause a disruption in my life. I want to say thank you for your effort in spreading the work about this condition. ====================== I have to tell you that your site has been of great assistance to me. I knew the name of my malady but nothing more. Your explanations and descriptions are lucid and provide a measure of faith that I can eliminate the problem. ============= Scott your site is fantastic- great resource for anyone with this problem- ================= EXCELLENT site - recomend all try it. ============= Yo, Scott. You aren't even a doctor? And all this wealth of information! I am impressed....... =========== I am sorry to bother you but I found your pf web site while searching for info/discussion groups regarding feet problems. Your site looks like a great resource and help to people with pf and I commend your effort to provide this info to others. ============== scott, my name is  and I am doing a research paper on plantar fasciitis. while I was on the internet I came accross your page called "Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur Syndrome." I found the information very helpful but there is only one problem. My professor is somewhat of a jerk and he is asking for references from the original source. could you please send me a list of the references you used to complete your page so that I will not fail the class! I could use this information as soon as possible if it is not too much of an inconvenience. thanx a lot for your help. ============= Scott, First of all, I think your site is GREAT! The information and interaction is fantastic. I can't imagine any better way to get people with similar questions together. Keep up the good work! =============== Great pages, and a great resource, by the way. Many thanks, from lots of us. ================== Scott: As so many have said THANK YOU for putting this site together. ============= Scott, many THANKS for a terrific site on the dreaded PF. I've been trying to work through it on my own for two years now, and all the mail, information, and "shared suffering" has been a tremendous help. Thank you!! ================ Thank you for this site. how is your pf? ================== Dear Scott, Thanks so much for your informative site! I learned a lot from reading it. Many thanks, ================= ..... Thank you for a fantastic service to mnay sufferers ============ Thank you so much for your extremely helpful pf site. I have used many ...... Thanks again for all of your work. ============ Thanks for the resource! I found it extremely informative (better than Dr. Koop). =========== ....Your article on the internet is marvelous--the best of any. ================= Found your website; great day. Most of my heel pain gone overnight. First workout today (gentle... gentle...) I've had in months. Thanks very much for your excellent research into the problem of heel pain. =================== Also Scott, I have to say a special thank you for your 25 pages on PF and heelspurs. I haven't looked it a whole lot since my biggest problem right now is TTS - but my dad was just diagnosed with heelspurs and PF. I printed off your document and he took it home along with the Birkenstocks I bought him for Christmas. He couldn't believe all the information in it. For example, his doctor told him to stretch - but never told him how. Now at least he has some good reference material. Thank you, thank you, thank you...hope you had a good Christmas. ==================== Dear Scott My name is Anita and I have been suffering with heel spurs for over 20 years, so I was really glad to see your research into the matter with your 25 page report on the subject. It was really in depth and now I know that I am not crazy and my husband realizes that I wasn't just complaining for nothing. ==================== .......One day I remember stepping on a rock in an outdoor mall's parking lot on my right heel, and the agony began. After quitting that job in february 1999 i started walking 2-3 miles everyother day for exercise and possibly worsened the heel. I was suffering when i did a search for heel pain on dogpile.com and found heelspurs.com. I would like to say thankyou thankyou thankyou. I have been completely pain free since april 1999. ...... ======================= Thanks much for the info on heel spurs. I didn't know what was wrong with my feet untill I found your site. Now I've just got to fix 'em ! ============= .....I thought i would never be able to run again. I dreaded going to the doctor. I decided to research this on my own and I just wanted to thank you for this comprehensive site. I feel like I now have the power to deal with this and use some of the methods described in your site. Thank you, ================ thank you so much for such a great web site. i acquirred my heal spurs by overexerting my foot in a brake press during an accident. i have suffered for years and want to thank you for so much info on your web site. the doctors wanted to build me a heal cushion for over $600. i guess you can see why i am looking for alternate ways of relieveing the pain. i have also recently taken a fall on my back and left side, so am struggling through that one. your site has been an inspiration and very enlightening.....thanks. ==================== Thanks for an excellent site which has been most helpful in organising an approach to minimize the problems with heel pain and hopefully prevent it worsening. I'm in Australia so a lot of products that you mention are unavailable here but you have at least pointed me in the right direction to manage the problem for myselkf. ==================== Dear Scott; I am very grateful to you for your informative treatise on Plantar fascia. I was unaware of the existence of the condition and was worried about the increasing pain in my right heel. However your article described the location of the pain exactly, inward and just slightly forward of the heel, with involvement of the string between the ball and heel. As well, the temporary alleviation by wearing sandals, and the effect of massage are just as you wrote. While I am working on other methods you described, I am greatly relieved knowing the relative seriousness of the condition and that there is something I can do about it. Not to mention you have saved me the bundle I would have spent in getting a doctor to arrive at the same conclusion. Sincerely Donald ==================== Thanks God, Mr Scott, that you help us suffering from pl. fasc. Best wishes from the Czech republic, Central Europe. Olda Cepelka 13.3.2000 ===================== Dear Scott, Thank you so much for this informative reference on plantar fascia pain. I don't think I have ever found a site that is so comprehensive. Have you written articles on other runners injuries? Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Marcella ==================== Nevertheless, I wanted to take the time to personally say THANK YOU. I have no doubt in my mind - that if I had not found this board and these folks, I would not have survived the last several months emotionally intact. It is so reassuring to know that there are other "hard to treat" patients out there, and to talk to others who go through the same frustrations with doctors and family and friends every day. My feet still hurt, and I may not be much closer to recovery...but this keeps me sane. All things happen for a reason (in my humble opinion), and your own medical condition (painful as it has been in the past) has enabled you to touch the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people. Thank you so much. wendy ================================ Posted by Kathy A on 9/24/00 at 13:43 I read your postings on your experiences with Vit C and decided that I had nothing to lose. I tried the Vitamin C in large doses (about 12- 500mg tablets of Ester C daily) for the last 6 to 7 weeks and I am able to walk without pain for the first time in about 2 years. I have had pf for over 10 years, off and on, but totally on for the last 2 years. Nothing was working--orthotics, shots, stretching, orthotics. I tried the Vit C and I have my life back. I also have fibromyalgia and that is better too. The Vit C is obviously something my system needed and wasn't getting. I had noticeable relief, using the Vit C, after 2 days and have been mostly pain free since about 2 weeks. The pain comes back when I am on my feet more but I am building up slowly to walking more every day. I watch for the symptoms of burning and pain, and then go rest and ice my feet. I only have to do that about once a week now. And I have noticed that I don't get as stressed out as I used to, and that is great. Again, Thanks Scott. ================================== Scott, I wanted to tell you that thanks to you and your site, I am now taping my foot and enjoying much more comfort. I am not pain free, but I can get through my work day without limping or having to change shoes. I understand that it will take several months to heal, but I hope I am finally on my way. Keep up the good work, and stay healthy! Regards, Rebecca D ================================ Scott, I am a PF sufferer and I wanted to thank you for information and products on your web site. After purchasing a set of Powersteps, doing calf stretches and icing my heels with gel packs I am pain free. If I fail to follow the regimen though the pain comes back quickly to help remind me of what I am suppose to be doing. I recently spent 5 hours on my feet with the Powersteps in my shoes and didn't have any pain that night nor the next morning. What a treat! Thanks again! Larry R ======================= Dear Scott; I ordered these insoles for my husband, & they totally work! He started wearing the insoles Tues. to work, & for the first time in 6 mo. he does NOT have heel pain.(I'm writing on Fri.) You & your site is a godsend! Keep up the good work. Sincerely, Lori J ====================== Dear Scott, I want to thank you for a wonderfully informative website full of practical advice. After being misdiagnosed by a highly recommended podiatrist and subjected to too many painful cortisone injections, I found your website, put a name to my condition, and started right in on various of your treatment regimes. It has taken a full year of diligent stretching, icing, and wearing of the right shoes (and I received a certificate for 365 foot rubs from my husband for Christmas), but I can finally walk without pain and have even started a cautious jogging routine. I credit your heel pain website for my progress. Thanks again, LF ==================== Dear Scott You are wonderful. I was just diagnosed with PF, but have suffered with it for a year!! I love this website. I'm going to complete the questionnaire. Thank you for this contribution to my life. I'm an elementary school teacher...Ouch! I'm going to try several of your recommendations. Thanks so much!! Gloria ========================= I just want you to know, Scott, how valuable this web site is. I have been devestated for the past year and a half. I know you hear a lot of the same old stories from people about the horror of living the life of a cripple. I am facing surgery. I will know tomorrow. I am praying that will be the turning point for me. Thank you so much for reaching out and helping so many people through this web site. Paula ======================== after a year of recovery- my plantar has resurfaced. This time it is futher from the heal and closer to the middle/front of the foot. Your site helped me identify the problem a year ago and successfully treat it. I am so pleased that I marked your site as a favorite- thus I can use your taping suggestions, etc. It is the most objective web site that I have ever seen. thanks again ========================== Hi Scott, I'm checking websites for assistance for my wife who goes through cycles of 'heel spur' pain. She meets the criteria to be a sufferer, for sure. She has very high arches, she's been walking daily to lose weight, she does not stretch and she wears flat soled shoes frequently to work. So... We're going to get her stretching (when she wakes up!), head out today and get her better walking shoes for work, apply the ice, limit her activity and be patient. Bottom line... Thanks loads for a simply written, thorough treatment of the problem... Cheers, TP =========================== Dear Mr Scott While surfing my problem heel pain I cought your website. It is really wonderful. It provides almost complete information about the identification and management of heel spur problem. I am suffering from heelspur in my left heel. I contacted top orthopaedic doctors but they consider it minor problem and do not pay much attention. But I am the sufferer you can well understand the density of the problem. I have started treatment which were advised in web article article. Please advise me which type of shoes I shuold use to avoid the stress in ny feet. I have to use sports shoes which type of shoes or regularleather shoes with arch support. Thanking you for doing this marvelous job for humankindness I wish you future succes to you and your website Maroof Husain Research Scholar Developmental Toxicology Division Industrial Toxicology Research Centre CSIR, Lucknow-226001, UP India =================== Scott, My name is Kris [...]. I have been in utter agony for almost 2 years. Thank you for your information. I will be gracing my doctors office armed with your information. I only yesterday learned that there was a name for this condition. I met 2 different people with the same problems. One was in a cast. I literally cannot get up and walk after any amount of time at rest. I either have to stay active or stay off my feet. I thought I was crazy and sounded crazy when I described what I was going through. I was even thinking about being tested for rheumatoid arthritis. You have given me hope for an end to this pain! Thank You, Scott!!! Kris ==================== Hello - wanted to thank you, first, for all the valuable information on your website. I have learned a lot about my two year long heel spur condition and have been heeding the advice you offer. For the first year and half I had not identified the problem. Along with stretching, ordering the Heel Hugger (which I only used once or twice) I tried the black cherry juice and within hours the inflammation had gone down. I was not able to fully stand on that one foot until after taking the juice. It seems incredible and I am not sure if other conditions or efforts may have also contributed, but it seemed miraculous. So keep doing your good work and thanks again! All the best, DD ======================== Thank you for the updates. My feet are a lot better than say a few years ago. I've had my troubles for at least 8 yrs. Started with too much high aerobics and walking long distances. I went thru the injection treatments several times---often weekly. I used hi dose nanoxin sodium as well-----now known as ALEVE. I have orthotics which I will not live with out and Berkenstock sandals, so I've been there, done that. I still have troubles on humid/barometric change days. But---I do walk several times a week and that's going well. I broke away from my doctor finally . It's been a very long road but I think I'm finally seeing a clearing. Bless you for your site. I used it a lot in my earlier days. You really have helped me to learn and understand this problem. Thank you Jennifer =================== Dear Scott: Thank you so very much for all your help with heelspur info! I had my first bout with this condition this past winter . At first, I didn't know what was wrong nor what to do about it. You have helped me a great deal to understand this most painful condition. Thank you! God bless, Kathleen =============== As many others have stated your website is the best I have ever used because it helped me realize I am not alone in my pain. I have an appointment with Dr. Z. I am traveling from NY. The price is $2500 for 1 foot, $3500 for both. I will not have ins. If this fixes my problem my girl will be as happy as I will be. THANK YOU VERY MUCH ================ Actually, thanks to your web page and the information I received I no longer have heel pain (after a year and one-half of many interventions.) What worked for me was the stretches three times a day, a new pair of walking shoes, and avoiding aerobics for two months. Thanks. Martha ================= Dear Mr. Roberts, I have been meaning to write to you for a long time to tell you that your article on the Internet was immensely helpful with my plantar fascitis, positively diagnosed only because I read it. I am overweight and relatively sedentary and went from a life time of high heels to new flat shoes which I stupidly forced my self to get used to. It was only by reading your article (which I actually found because an orthopedic doctor diagnosed "spurs") that understood the origin of the pain in my left arch. I proceeded to have 12 ultrasound treatments of 5 minutes and went back to my good-old high heels attempting flatter shoes with caution. I also showed the article to the physiotherapist who photocopied the 14 pages for her boss. In addition, my trainer (who I started working with about 2 months before the pain started - I believe unrelated to the exercise) read your article and we did a lot more stretching, etc. All in all, after a couple of months the pain which was really bothersome (like you wrote, even as I stepped out of bed in the morning) is almost completely gone with only an infrequent reminders. I thank you and applaud your initiative to share with others around the globe. Sincerely, Emily ==================== You are very kool and the most help I've had for my pf. I don't feel like writing tonight but I wanted to thank you for the time you took and the smile it put on my face. Ttyl ================== Scott, Thanks. Enjoy the updates. I am among the 20% who no longer have pain which I attribute to an accurate diagnosis which brought me to this web site and all the advice about using ice, ice and more ice!!! It really worked for me. I was the swallow the pill, wear the right shoes and endure the pain type until I decided to ice when ever I could. My doctor had suggested ice but only in passing, certainly not as a main course of treatment. Most nights went to bed wrapped with ice and after a few weeks noticed that the pain was virtually gone. Whenever I feel even a twinge I stretch my foot and rarely have to follow with ice. No more med at all but do wear arch supports in Asics.. Can now be in other shoes when needed without any untoward results. Am able to walk long distances without pain during or after!! Keep up the good work. Jane ==================== Hi Scott, My name is Fran. I just started having pain in my left foot close to the heel and down from the inner ankle bone (not sure of the terminology of the skeletal part of the foot!) within the past week. I noticed tonight there is some puffiness in this area. I have been trying to ignore the pain but tonight the puffiness has my anxiety heightened. Of course, I notice this at 5:00 p.m. on a Thursday night as the doctor's office is closing for the night. I looked up the symptoms on Yahoohealth and got nowhere. I believe Ask Jeeves is what led me to your site. I want to thank you. Your information puts my mind at ease at least for tonight until I can call the Dr. in the a.m. I read some of your "Thank You's"...quite impressive! I know what it is like to search for a long, long time until you find someone who can help you. I went through this with anxiety from the time I was 16 until I was 22. Finding the person with the right knowlege is the key to it all! I'm going to go to the doctor to have this checked out tomorrow. I can't thank you enough for your extensive information...it will get me through the night. Fran ==================== HI, SCOTT, I am an RN in the Recovery Room of a large hospital. I have recently developed plantar fasciitis and have been miserable. Some of the Orthopedic Surgeons that I work with have told me to do certain exercises and stretches, but nothing was working. Out of desperation, I logged on to your web site. I tried the taping technique that you described and have not had any pain in my foot for a week now! I am so grateful to you for sharing this remedy! One of the anesthesiologists that I work with could barely walk. I taped his foot four days ago, and today he told me he could run again! Thank you! ====================== Dear Scott, Thank you for your very helpful website. I started experiencing severe heel pain in May of 2000 after I had set up sound equipment and sung at a wedding. I pain worsened over the next few months, but I found that wearing my thick foam-soled sandals ALL the time helped. I mean, even when I got up at night to go to the bathroom I slipped on my sandals! But Heaven help me if I tried to walk without them or in other shoes. It was a real nightmare. After being informed in a doctor appointment that "There's really nothing we can do about this. It's a very common problem", as if knowing it is a common problem somehow lessens the pain :o), I started searching to educate myself about the condition. Finding your website is what brought about the healing I now enjoy! For me, the absolutely most helpful tip was the calf stretches. That was the answer, and I did them every time I got up from a sitting or lying position. I would not begin to walk at all until I had spent a couple of minutes stretching, and I continued to wear the foam-soled sandals most of the time too. Now I can walk around barefooted and pain-free on cement! But I'm always aware of being careful not to abuse my feet. Continuing to do the stretches helps me stay in this wonderfully pain-free condition. A couple of times I've felt a sort of tearing sensation in my heels while I was squatting down putting books on a lower shelf, etc. so I wonder if that is the motion or position that caused the original injury while I was setting up that sound equipment. Now I avoid squatting and just go ahead and kneel if I have to do anything at a lower level near the floor. So, the sandals, the avoidance of squatting and ESPECIALLY your recommendation of stretching the calves have brought me blessed relief from more than a year's worth of terrible pain and almost feeling that I was becoming an invalid. Thank you for you effort to educate us. It has truly been a blessing in my life. Sincerely, ~~Diane Onalaska, WI =================== Dear Dr. Roberts, [I'm not a doctor - Scott] This is to send you a BIG thank you for your very helpful information in Parts 1 and 2 of your web site. I appreciate all the work that went into the site and want you to know that it is wonderful to get such an indepth look at the problem. My podiatrist has been helpful with regard to my heel spur, but the explanation(s) and solutions I got didn't come anywhere near the thoroughness of yours! Have a great Holiday Season! Cheers, Marianne L Coquitlam, BC, Canada ================== Hi Scott, I would like to thank for maintaining the excellent informative web site. I have been suffering from what i now realise is PF, and had almost given up hope on ever recovering. The doctors that i had seen here ( In India) were not very helpful , except for prescribing Anti Inflamatories, and some rudimentary exercises. Your site has given me lots of information,and also hope. I have benefitted a lot from that. Thanks once again. Yours Sincerely K.S.Gopinath N Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. ==================== No need to respond to this message; I just wanted to say thanks for the great website! To me it's the most valuable and information filled site I have ever seen and also extremely well organized. I only wish there were websites just like yours for all the other medical conditions out there. You have done a great job and thank you, on behalf of all P.F. sufferers. Ellen J =============== Scott, Thank you for your website. Living on a small island in the Pacific, when this thing hit I didn't know what to do. Your tests were quite conclusive: (1) the morning pain was well present. (2) the tape brought 'immediate relief' indicating tension in the fascia. (3) the ice did nothing for me indicating no inflamation. [ Did i say that? - Scott ] (4) the 1/2 inch of paper under the heel brought 'immediate relief' indicating calf problem also indicated by you as per my age(62) As you prescribed, stetching with a towel in bed removed the morning pain. Stretching the calf muscles at an angle indicated their tightness. Repeated stretching loosened them up. Stretching and massage seems to have done it for me. I am convinced as you are that the morning pain is a reinjurying of the fascia and is what causes the chronic nature of the problem. It and probably all pain must be stopped at all costs. I also realized my walking style needs to change to use the back of my legs more and heels less. My own remedies of running and playing basketball produced your expected results(don't laugh). The number one factor was as your survey indicated, your website (information). Your techniques brought physical relief, but your information also brought mental relief, knowing what was going on. My causes were easy to identify from your list, bad shoes( not quality sandals every day all day for two years even after they had deteriorated) and on my feet a lot(walking as a primary form of locomotion and teaching). Thanks, Tom =================== Hello Scott, I found your site today searching heel pain on askjeeves.com and it is really an excellent site. I have searched for sites in the past but this is the first time I found yours. It is wonderful. I won't go into my story, but it is one with plantar fascitis pain. I am already wearing orthotics for some time. I originally started with rigid heel inserts back in 1989 for the same pain. The pain went away a few years later and I was OK for years. I got leather full orthotics 2 years ago for a different pain. The medial tub. pain started suddenly one morning and after using the orthotics for more than a year. I work in saudi [i am a nurse practitioner and now a director of nursing] and help for such a problem is limited. I usually practice my 'own medicine'. After buying a treadmill last year things got worse. I really suffered on vacation in the states last summer and used celebrex with pretty good relief. Of all things, I got hush puppy shoes here in saudi [not those funky old gray suede ones from 3 decades back]. i had been using clarks thinking they were great until these HP's. They cost less and are bliss for my feet. I now go the gym and use stationary bikes or steppers. You opened my mind to the calf muscle tightness and it is true. I feel much more empowered with all the info. you provide and i will begin the exercises you explain. Your siteis a great help especially here where I am on my own for these kinds of problems. Sorry, I quess i gave a story afterall. Anyway, i want to say thanks very much for your dedication and hard work!! Sincerely, Muhammad Saifudin Dammam, Saudi Arabia ============================== Dear Scott, Thanks for a fantastic website on PF. I am suffering with this chronic condition going on 4 years in Sept. I'm in and out of depression, am on sick leave for a few weeks for extended rest(am an elementary school teacher) and just been miserable. I've done everything a person can do for PF. Your website has lifted me up and made me realize I'm not exaggerating my pain and that this is a real condition. It helps to see and read that others are suffering just like me. Your information has been a blessing for me. At least I know also that I have been trying the right stuff. Leg splints are wonderful for me as the stepstretch and taping is very helpful. My podiatrist (1st doctor) introduced taping, my orthopaedic dr.(2nd and holding) introduced stretching, phys. therapy, & night splints. Footsmart.com introduced me to the stepstretch. I have made progress over these 3 plus years. with this school year being the worst. Thanks again for sharing your findings and congrats on your improvement over this terrible condition. I don't wish this on my enemies!! God bless you! CAH =================== Thankyou, Scott. Having joined the miles long line to file past the Queen Mother's coffin, and walked a long way to get to the end of the queue to start with, I had a huge attack of PF, which I'd suffered from mildly in the past without realising what it was. Tried your recommended exercise and bingo, within half a day, pain almost undetectable. I've now vowed to reduce weight as well; every cloud has the proverbial silver lining! THANK YOU!!! Veronica K. ======================= Thank you so much, Scott.... Thanks to your website, I was informed and able to ask somewhat intelligent questions when I finally sought medical help for a condition I was totally baffled by...can't say enough how much you have helped.. your karmic reward shall be greatly enhanced by such a worthy and needed endeavor.. Regards, Robin H ======================== hi scott...i stumbled across your site the other day when i was researching surgical options for my PF...i found your site to be filled with very useful information! and the message board is a god send...guess that's it...just wanted to thank you for putting together such a thorough site! lisa ======================= Dear Scott R, I was checking out your web site for a friend who does not have internet, but does have a heel spur. I have not visited this web site in ages because thanks to you, I no longer have foot pain. At the first sign of a twinge, I'm icing and stretching, and that keeps it undercontrol. (Do all heel spur sufferers keep an ancient unopened bag of peas in their freezers?) I can hardly believe how your web site has grown and your fans are now legion. You are a god to those of us who suffer. I first visited this site years ago and wrote you a thank you note because you had changed my life. You were very self-deprecating in your reply, something like "I'm not curing cancer." It may not be a cure for cancer, but it has given me so much mobility and freedom that I actually do not think about my feet for months at a time. Many thanks. I hope my friend gets the same benefit. ========================== Scott, your website is so complete! Thanks for all the information. I will start by stretching tomorrow morning. Two points of information for you. 1. My plantar fascitis was caused by excessive running and new shoes. 2. Your website was referred to me but my cousin who treated his plantar fascitis by reading your web site and stretching. Thanks for your dedication to this cause. =========================== Just a note to say that I have very briefly read some of your article and am very impressed. I am in a lot of pain and have spent a lot of time looking for the right answers. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of your articles in the next few days and am planning on trying some of your suggestions. Thank you very much for all the time you have spent researching and not asking for $$$$$. If I could be of any help, let me know. Regards Steve Spicer (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) ============================= Scott, Just had to add my 2 cents concerning your web page. Recently I had another pair of professional orthotics made and was really counting on some relief from my pf feet. The right foot is especially bad. I've had this condition for more than 20 years and have not worked for the past 8 years. Shopping was even getting to be an almost impossible chore. I have been for physical therapy some years ago with no results. I have had orthotics before as well. After coming to the realization that these orthotics were not the cure, I decided to do some research on the net. Well after wading through your site with a note book. I made a plan that I was going to begin with suggestions from your site. 1. Before getting out of bed I get the circulation going before I bound out of bed. 2. I now stretch as soon as I get out of bed. 3. I never put my feet on a bare floor, I step into my berkinstocks sandals immediately. I have many pairs and would not be walking at all these past years without them. 4. I ice my feet for 20 minutes at a time at least 3 times a day or at least after I come in from walking. 5. I stretch off and on during the day with the method in your web pg. I now can tell when my arch starts to feel prickly it is time to stretch. 6. I use a wood massage roller under my foot a couple times a day. My chiropractor told me that this would do the same thing as ultra sound. Breaking up the scar tissue from the previous injury is what you are accomplishing here. 7. I am planning on making my own foot night splint, as mentioned by one of your grand ladies on your chat pg. I have size 11 feet and the blankets tend to really bend my feet backwards which can be problematic for ph people. I think that this is all I am doing right now and what a difference, my feet are not 100% by any means, however, there is so much improvement it is unbelievable. Christmas shopping is fun again. Thank you so much, I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. From: A.J. ======================== Dear Saint Scott 30 years ago at the age of 21 I couldn't walk for a year due to what I learned today was PF. I had a dozen doctors from prestigious clinics in the La Jolla CA area where I live look at me for a year while I left work disabled. I told them I was working two jobs at the time both requiring standing on hard floors for 8 hours. And that my feet were too sensitive to bear the weight of my body even though I was slightly underweight for my height and had always pursued multiple sports my whole life. They treated me for gout, rheumatoid arthritis, questioned my history of STD, put me in a cast, built me Plexiglas slippers, fed me powerful anti-inflammatory like Indocin and Butazolidin (that they give to race horses!), etc. and concluded nothing and leaving me in the dark except for the general observation that I had a collagen vascular disorder and that this was correlated with being HLA-27 positive. Meaning the presence of some protein molecule on my white cells that seems to correlate with people having RA. Or course that left me with the message that it was a mysterious disease and help most likely would not be forthcoming. Deciding the end was near, in a physical activity sense, at the age of 21, I moved to Paris for 4 months taking my road bike with me as a "wheel chair". My theory was if this was at all a psychosomatic illness, then totally changing my surroundings might push it into the back ground and reduce its grip on my daily life. Gradually over the next 4 months the acute pain subsided not to return until just recently. I started doing a lot of club dancing about 3 years ago and was going out 3-4 times a week. My feet have been paying the price in terms of soreness and last month began to show the signs of my condition back in 1974. Still clueless of any real explanation, I recently began the doctor visits all over again last month. The results of these visits were similar to 1974. Still thinking I was a medical anomaly I mentioned the problem to a friend yesterday who immediately said with out missing a beat - "oh, you have PF like my son, go see the internet site heelspurs.com". Presto! The information portal opens and I am enlightened. My condition has a name and I have a strategy!!!! Where were the doctors? I have lived for 30 years thinking I was alone with this "esoteric" condition!! Thank you your compassion, intelligence, hard work and generosity in making this site available. Your book should be in every podiatrist and arthritis specialist office in the world. Lawrence E L ======================= Scott, I am a nurse, a highly educated and intelligent nurse but my field is obstetrics, not podiatry. I had plantar fasciitis many years ago and was less than impressed with the help I received. I got better, but not because of my doctor but because of my access to a medical library and my willingness to learn about my problem and to treat it accordingly. That was about 10 years ago, so when I started a new job and started walking to work in the last six months I didn't think of nor remember my plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately, it remembered me. So, I remembered vaguely what I needed to do but I thought that I would check the internet to see if there were any quick resources before trudging back down to the library to reeducate myself. Well, there won't be any need for that now. You placed everything I needed to know in one very concise and well written website. I remember what I used to know and you also updated my knowledge. You gave easier to understand and more cogent information than I've ever gotten from any of my physician colleagues. This is obviously a cause and a labor of love for you. I really respect that, and even more, am grateful for the time you saved me. Also, since the pain has just really started getting bad enough to notice in the last week or so, I'm quite sure I will be able to turn it around much quicker than last time. Thank you so much, Terri A p.s. I'm on the same page with you about your rants re: vitamin C and other holistic but not economically profitable treatments. I may work as a healthcare provider but I stopped believing blindly in the priesthood of allopathic medicine long ago. Too bad the Hippocratic Oath doesn't seem to include making the patient, rather than the almighty dollar the focus.