Plantar Fasciitis

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Over 3 months ago I suffered severe pain in my left arch both in front and rear. I thought it would go away but after 2 months I asked my doctor and diagnosed it to be torn tendons but he could not be sure without and MRI. I do not have health insurance as the company I work does provide it but it is over 600 per month for just me. Can not afford that. What happened to our President's promise upon being elected into office?   

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A nationalized healthcare system was too big a pill for congress and the majority of American people to swallow.  Consider that so-called Obamacare does little more than require that everyone purchase insurance, or have it provided through some employer based program if said employer has greater than a certain number of employees, along with subsidies for those who cannot afford insurance (to go in affect in 2014..)  Even that is branded as "Soacialized Medicine" by the political right.

However, the good news is that if you =do= get insurance, this pre-existing condition will be covered.

Were they Sketcher's shape ups? 

Been suffering for over 2 years. Tried everything on market. PF isn't in Obamas health plan which won't help anyway, because doctors don't seem to have a "fix"

Cortisone shots, gel patches help "some" But I got better relief with Skeechers shape-ups.

I walked barefoot in snow, soaked in cold mud, exercise, and still I hurt like crazy.

My question is : Why is this so prevalent now a days? Several of my close friends suffer with this---

      I have an X-Ray and an MRI with evaluations from an Ortho. Keith Inman. He says the sketchers which do not have an arch are not geared for sports. Also Sketcher sport shoes are not really for sports, they are for looks only. This is how Sketcher started and how they have always made sales. They thought they could just throw the same cheap interior with a sporty exterior look and sale them as sport shoes. Also the rocker bottom shoe is very unpractical from the interior makeup of the shoe. They have put all their funds into a marketing effort and try to absorb some of Nike, NB and ECT... markets by just changing the appearance and style. BAD BUSINESS SKETCHERS. I have surfing for over 40 years and Sketchers came on the scene in the flip flop line and then expanded to the skateboard market but since they have tried to tackle the sports market they need to be punished bad. They have injured thousands of honest people by selling a dishonest product.



James Keith Inman said:

      I have an X-Ray and an MRI with evaluations from an Ortho. Keith Inman. He says the sketchers which do not have an arch are not geared for sports. Also Sketcher sport shoes are not really for sports, they are for looks only. This is how Sketcher started and how they have always made sales. They thought they could just throw the same cheap interior with a sporty exterior look and sale them as sport shoes. Also the rocker bottom shoe is very unpractical from the interior makeup of the shoe. They have put all their funds into a marketing effort and try to absorb some of Nike, NB and ECT... markets by just changing the appearance and style. BAD BUSINESS SKETCHERS. I have surfing for over 40 years and Sketchers came on the scene in the flip flop line and then expanded to the skateboard market but since they have tried to tackle the sports market they need to be punished bad. They have injured thousands of honest people by selling a dishonest product.



Linda said:



I never used sketchers and when doc told me i had this, my son got me sketchers for xmas, wore them constantly and they helped me.

James Keith Inman said:

      I have an X-Ray and an MRI with evaluations from an Ortho. Keith Inman. He says the sketchers which do not have an arch are not geared for sports. Also Sketcher sport shoes are not really for sports, they are for looks only. This is how Sketcher started and how they have always made sales. They thought they could just throw the same cheap interior with a sporty exterior look and sale them as sport shoes. Also the rocker bottom shoe is very unpractical from the interior makeup of the shoe. They have put all their funds into a marketing effort and try to absorb some of Nike, NB and ECT... markets by just changing the appearance and style. BAD BUSINESS SKETCHERS. I have surfing for over 40 years and Sketchers came on the scene in the flip flop line and then expanded to the skateboard market but since they have tried to tackle the sports market they need to be punished bad. They have injured thousands of honest people by selling a dishonest product.

I am on my fifth pair of Sketchers Shape-UPs.  I found some online on sale and just bought two identical pair. I am suffering from PF and fallen arches going on 3 years--If I soak in ice water then wear foot braces to bed, I get "some" relief. Aside from that these are the best shoes I've found for daily wear and will continue to buy as long as I can find them.

Just being honest here

Linda said:



James Keith Inman said:

      I have an X-Ray and an MRI with evaluations from an Ortho. Keith Inman. He says the sketchers which do not have an arch are not geared for sports. Also Sketcher sport shoes are not really for sports, they are for looks only. This is how Sketcher started and how they have always made sales. They thought they could just throw the same cheap interior with a sporty exterior look and sale them as sport shoes. Also the rocker bottom shoe is very unpractical from the interior makeup of the shoe. They have put all their funds into a marketing effort and try to absorb some of Nike, NB and ECT... markets by just changing the appearance and style. BAD BUSINESS SKETCHERS. I have surfing for over 40 years and Sketchers came on the scene in the flip flop line and then expanded to the skateboard market but since they have tried to tackle the sports market they need to be punished bad. They have injured thousands of honest people by selling a dishonest product.

I also was told by a friend that Sketcher shape ups helped her husband greatly.  I bought some for my husband and he has worn them for only a few days but says they really help his feet (not perfect but better).  However, his knee on the same side hurts a lot.  Not sure if it is from limping due to the planter problem and will get better since the shoes are helping or not.  Anyone else get knee pain after the foot pain was in full force?

I believe aside from looking for a good shoe (which really helps), one should also do certain exercises to promote proper movement of the arches. I'm pretty sure everyone already knows the heel raises, and stretching maneuvers for the calf and plantar fascia, but there's another technique that can help. While putting arch pads or having shoes which support arches very well helps to relieve tension on the plantar fascia, that's still more or less a passive relief and still we have to educate our muscles and other soft tissues to work properly to keep the alignment of our body parts all the time for prolonged relief.

One such technique is to try to walk or at least stand bearing weight more on the outside of the feet with curled toes (in other words, like your ankles are tilted inwards and toes curled, but not too much) to promote the activation of the plantar fascia and the transverse ligament even during movement. This also helps with flat-footedness. This will aid the target tissues to get used to contracting properly as how they ought to be to maintain the proper alignment of our feet and prevent cumulative stress on them.

While supporting the arches is like a passive fix for it, these exercises are more like active fixes for prolonged relief. 

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