Plantar Fasciitis

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My right heel started hurting on the very outside, but only when I tilted my foot to the side. I could walk and run (9 miles a week) without any pain. When I started to develop a heel spur I went to see the first podiatrist. He showed me the now too familiar stretches and told me to wear shoes that only bend at the toes. I also got inserts, which made my knee develop a baker's cyst. Well, it's been over 6 months now and my PF has gotten worse. I'm doing all the 'right' things, like stretching, icing, compression socks, arch support, night splints, rolling foot on ball, etc. Now my foot hurts also on the mid bottom and my left foot started hurting in the arch. I'm currently receiving infrared laser treatments from another podiatrist (has not helped). Next will be a chiropractor or physical therapist.

X-rays showed I have mild arthritis and tendonitis in my right hip.

My theory is that because of the arthritis in my hip joint my gait has changed and I'm compensating with my foot. The doctors want to treat my symptoms (PF) but shouldn't they fix the cause first? Will my feet ever heal if I keep compensating? How would one even change the gait back to normal?

Right now the only way I can walk is when I'm on NSAIDs. However, because I don't feel the pain I'm afraid I'll make matters worse. One Nurse Practitioner actually told me to take Ibuprofen for the rest of my life!

Any thoughts on treating the cause vs. symptoms are appreciated.  

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