Plantar Fasciitis

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I have been suffering from PF since July now, and I've done just about everything but it hasn't helped. It's worse in my right foot. I've had 3 corticosteroid shots in my right foot & 1 in my left. I've done PT with ultrasound massage and iontophoresis (sp?) ... it's the electrical stimulation. I also have the 'advantage' boot that stretches out my calf & achilles, but that hasn't done much except increase my flexibility. I've also purchased DANSKO clogs but once again ... they haven't done anything. I was also on prednisone for 5 days, taking it 5x a day which was 25mg a day, and all I got from that was heart palpitations and I've done the Lidoderm patches which did nothing - still got a box of those. I'm now trying acupuncture, and I've had 1 treatment but I have not seen any improvement so far. I have another one tomorrow; we'll see how that goes. I am staying far away from surgery. Can anyone suggest anything else? Please and thank you.

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hi...how did u get this? are u overweight?

Kathleen Looby said:
Hi, I am the lady who had the Graston Technique down on my PF. It was a physical therapist from Nova Care who did the technique. it worked for me. after needles, taping, stretching, ESWT 2 times, orthotics, plenty of 800 motrin and loads of painkillers this just worked! i have not had a broken, foot or ankle, no other problems except this. i crawled on the floor for over a yr. it was in both feet. i see that there are alot of different techniques that may work and i do believe that each person is different in what works for them. I suggest researching and trying what worked for others. ESWT has helped and cured people i know, it didn't for me but i do believe that it is worth looking into. i get tired feet as i stand 8-10 hrs a day on my job. i do go to a Chiropractor who also does the Graston Technique and he works on my left foot only when it bothers me. i also know when to get off my feet, stretch and relax, i do use a golf ball nightly just to keep the fascia stretched. i stretch all over morning and night, sometimes in between. don't give up! i had this for 8 yrs and 95% of it was extreme pain.
Hi Marybeth, i'm not sure, no one is, it's a "condition". i do stand on concrete floors now for 40 yrs and that may contributed to it. i was not over weight when i first got it, i am now due to just sitting, depression and overeating. now that i don't have it anymore i am in the process of losing weight, it's difficult to do since i can't use a treadmill or walk long distances any longer, if i do, i do get pain, so i dance in place and usse free weights. i hope i've answered your question, thanks!

Marybeth hockemeier said:
hi...how did u get this? are u overweight?

Kathleen Looby said:
Hi, I am the lady who had the Graston Technique down on my PF. It was a physical therapist from Nova Care who did the technique. it worked for me. after needles, taping, stretching, ESWT 2 times, orthotics, plenty of 800 motrin and loads of painkillers this just worked! i have not had a broken, foot or ankle, no other problems except this. i crawled on the floor for over a yr. it was in both feet. i see that there are alot of different techniques that may work and i do believe that each person is different in what works for them. I suggest researching and trying what worked for others. ESWT has helped and cured people i know, it didn't for me but i do believe that it is worth looking into. i get tired feet as i stand 8-10 hrs a day on my job. i do go to a Chiropractor who also does the Graston Technique and he works on my left foot only when it bothers me. i also know when to get off my feet, stretch and relax, i do use a golf ball nightly just to keep the fascia stretched. i stretch all over morning and night, sometimes in between. don't give up! i had this for 8 yrs and 95% of it was extreme pain.

Hi, i´ve tried gel heel cups but I couldn´t get used to it, although the whole soft insole with arch support is good for me. After three years of PF, I´ve added ball of foot pain, isnt it horrible? Help me, I have some symptoms that i dont know if they comes from PF: 1) my feet is very hot and red after walking; 2) when i am barefoot it feels like standing on the bones of my heels, too painfull 3) I don´t feel exactly "pain" when get out of bed, but i feel my feet rigid like an old machine without lubricant instead. Can you tell me if you feel the same of me?
Mary said:
Did you have many cortisone shots? That's one of the possible complications.
Never read anything about a fix existing for fat pad athrophy... :( Could your slip gel heel cups in your shoes to make up for this?


marylin monroe said:
it is very important to use a good pair of comfortable shoes. You must try different shoes until you find the ones perfect for you. The insoles are also very important,they must have a cup heel and arch support, because if the arch colapses while walking the fascia will be tightened and will hurt. I have been suffering from PF since 2007. Last doctor told me that i have plantar fat pad athropy, but i am young for this (28) and i am not overweight. Does anybody in the forum have the same?? Is there any surgery I can go through in orden to improve my fat pad???? Please, let me know, in my country no one surgeon does a surgery like that.

I was once a PF sufferer as well. I had this very real and serious condition for almost a year. But believe it or not the answer for curing this debilitating ailment does not lie in so called ''traditional methods'' such as stretching, massages, acupunture, night splints, ice, or pain killers. The day I saw my first M.A.T. specialist (Muscle Activation Techniques) I was confused. Everything he told me that I thought I knew about PF was total flip flopped. I was told to cut all forms of stretching, and ditch the orthotics and night splints. Instead, for treatment I took daily walks barefoot to regain natural balanced muscles in my feet and lower body. ( Orthotics weaken the arch and foot muscles creating an inability to support ones own weight, which in turn caused more pain and muscular compensations.) I was cured after 3 sessions of M.A.T. and still continue to this day to be barefoot as much as possible and wear very minimalist shoes if I have to. I also avoid stretching since pulling and tugging on muscle fibers only makes them weaker and slower to heal. By seeing an M.A.T. specialist he/she will be able to identify your muscular imbalance, and restore it by isometic exercises, or manual palpation techniques. If you are not able to see a M.A.T specialist, at least try some barefooting for a few weeks and ditch '' traditional treatments.'' I have known and heard of to many stories about PF surgeries turning out to be life changing mutilations that debilitate people for life. What have you got to lose. Give it a shot.

I have had heel pain off and on for years, pretty mild, that was always fixed by getting new shoes. Last January I developed more severe pain in my right ankle that wouldn't go away. I went to doctor and podiatrist, took anti-inflammatories, had orthotics, had cortisone shot. They got me to a certain point and it wouldn't get better. I had been stretching routinely as recommended and it wasn't helping. Then I found this website:  http://sock-doc.com/about/. I stopped wearing the orthotics. I started searching for trigger points and that brought a little more relief. I went back to exercising, but less weight bearing and more strength training. That's when I realized how weak I had let myself become. The strength training is the key. I use a Bo-Flex and a Pilates video, but I don't ever go to the point where I am sore the next day. I am busy at work these days, but if I start to have pain again I fit in some exercise a couple of times a week. I'm also noticing that pre-menopausal hormones must play a part. Guessing that I'll be guarding against this for the rest of my life, but exercise may help extend my life and quality of life, so plantar fasciitis may end up being a blessing for me.

I have already replied a year or more ago re potential cure re PF. Chiropractor treatment. The pain is muscle related and chiropractors deal with muscle/joint problems. 8 treatments and cured nothing since. this was several years ago. I can wear any shoes i want and do anything i want. The MAT treatment obviously works to a point but why spend the rest of your life walking barefoot as much as possible. Also, why keep going to doctors who do nothing for this type of condition as it is not what they know.
If you genuinely want a cure and continue to live a normal life thereafter then visit a chiropractor.
I have posted my treatment in more detail ages ago but no one on these forums seemed interested, it only seemed they wanted to compare who had had the most pointless ineffective treatments.

That's odd, as I got my PF back 28 years ago, running around the house barefooted after my son was born. I remember I would come down off the step from the kitchen to the garage pretty hard.

I've read this thread and there is something that worked for me years ago than no one here as tried. I got my PF after my son was born when I was 32. I was running around the house. Probably the extra weight of being pregnant destabilized my feet. I tried everything for many years, including being evaluated at Emory University and wearing strange shoes for a year. My feet were so inflamed that inserts hurt. I tried a two week fast on orange and apple juice and voila no more pain. The pain stayed away for ten years, as long as I wore Berkenstocks in the summer and Naot cork-based clogs in the winter. Then he pain came back, however I had also had a painful bladder, and can't do orange juice. (I would be careful to test your bladder with a little orange juice, as you don't want to get a painful bladder syndrome. I already had it before my orange juice fast, but for some reason, I was able to go two weeks before the acidity of the oj bothered it.)  Anyway, I believe the acidity dissolved the crepitus in the plantar ligaments and thays why it worked, and worked for so long.

I've had it back for a year now, and have tried the usual things. No luck.

My PT told me that I should be seeing a "real" foot doctor instead of a Podiatrist. Is there such a thing as a real foot doctor??? Please let me know
I posted a cure to this years ago. I had it in both feet. Saw a chiropractor for 8 sessions which cleared it up and it has never come back. This is the type of problem chiropractors deal with. It was a painful experience but only because I wanted it sorted sooner , less painful if you have more treatments. All this trying different diets, insoles etc unnecessary. It seemed to me years ago when I mentioned it that these blogs only consisted of people who were more interested in telling everyone all the treatments they were having than an actual cure. I had it in both feet for a year and was desperate for a solution. 1 call to a chiropractor and 8 sessions later CURED. No return of it since. I can say no more

Everyone's body & feet are different.  What cures one person may have no affect on anyone else.

i am so sorry to hear this. I had PF in both feet for 8 yrs  with no breaks. Look up ESWT, just put that in the search engine and it will come up. It does work for most people but not covered by insurance yet. the other that worked for me was the Graston Technique. THAT worked for me after 8 yrs. it gets rid of the scar tissue and I have not had it since. It is now 4 years! Let me know how you make out. 

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