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I have been diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis a couple of weeks ago, I had been suffering foot pain which gradually got so bad I could only walk about 100 metres before I had to stop to rest. I have been to see my GP on two occasions since, the first time he told me to do some stretching exercises and get some heel risers for my shoes. This I have done, but the risers are making the pain worse - so I have stopped using them. The worse pain is leg cramp, which my GP thinks is caused by the way I am walking because of the Plantar Fasciitis - does anyone else suffer from these leg cramps and if so, have you any advice on how to get rid of them?
Heel rises can add a strain for some, it did for me. Sounds like your doctor is using good common sense here.
Here are some classic tips for cramps. Most of them could benefit your PF as well by the way since a alot of the lover leg structures somehow help support your feet. :)
- When experiencing a cramp, stretching the cramped muscle helps achieving sort-term releif.
- Applying warmth to the cramped muscle or soaking it in warm water is soothing as well (no heat on the PF though unless you've had it for many months)
- Take a daily multivitamin that is complete with a full aray of minerals (a lack in certain minerals may cause cramps).
- Eat bananas! (same reason)
- Look up leg massage techniques on the internet and practice them daily. (saveyourself.ca offers tutorials on trigger point massage but there may be other good techniques as well)
As a general advice, it's not recommended to change your gait when having PF because secondary problems may arise with time (it's such a slow healing condition!) Try slowing down, making smaller steps and walking as carefully as possible. Take as much sitting breaks as you need. Stretching before each walk will also help almost immediately, and even more and more with time.
Your PF seems pretty bad : low-dye taping could perhaps help you walk less painfully for a few weeks? Doctors, podiatrists and physios can perform/teach it, or you can look it up on the internet.