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Serious inflammation is very rare with PF. The fact that your feet & arches are inflamed tells me a thing or 2 about why you have PF. Edema happens when lymph and other fluids can't move back up the leg. The usual cause is "poor circulation", which is true, but it's only part of the story. You see, there is a type of tissue called fascia that surrounds each muscle. It's supposed to act like a semi-permeable gel membrane, allowing the muscles to glide over each other. When a muscle doesn't get to move properly for long enough it starts acting like sprayed on styrofoam instead. It binds layers of muscle & tendon together like spaghetti that someone threw into a pot and didn't stir. These are called adhesions. They can also interfere with lymphatic fluid flow, and if they get bad enough they can entrap nerves and blood vessels too. The only way that the lymph is pumped is by muscle action. The 2 big muscles in the calf, gastrocnemius & soleus are what pumps blood and fluid from the foot, up into the leg & trunk. Of course with PF, exercising is brutal, but those calves really need to pump, so the next best thing is rocking in a rocking chair. It's no load exercise for the calves, and helps get everything back up where it belongs. Next, you need to make sure you take out all the adhesions from your ankles & feet, and all the way up to your knees. Most of this you can do yourself. As for inflammation... ice is your friend. So is bio-freeze. You may also want to consider a looser pair of shoes, and make sure you take out the insoles that are already there before you add new ones.