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Greetings all... new here. Bio in a nutshell...(ATTN: question at bottom)
--> 20 year runner, 10 year cyclist
--> Flat feet (that almost kept me out of the Marine Corps).
--> Battled shin splints for EVER.
--> Heel pain started about a year ago; bad in mornings and after sitting at desk for awhile;
perhaps form purposely shortening my stride to minimize heel-strikes/shinsplints.
--> Self-diagnosed as plantar fasciitis.
--> Went to family practice Doc... diagnosed "heel spurs"
--> Rx meloxicam 15mg (anti-inflam); see physical therapist (?!) for orthotics. (I may be off here, but I didn't think Phys ther's did orthotics).
I am getting a second opinion, but I don't know whethere to see a podiatrist, or a sports medicine Doc. I am very active and have three young boys, so I don't need to "just get by"...Please interject...
Just creeping your other posts.....don't know what type of doctor you are seeing....but I would think you need to see a podiatrist. Make sure you get a good one, one who is wanting to help you.....doesn't tell you your running career is over for good.......they are not all created equally.
Find a Podiatrist, that runs or is active. Get the right therapy. Get an Orthoic that is casted just for your foot. Plaster casted the old way. Molded and marked with any heal spurs allowed for in cast. No bare feet on hard sufaces. Good luck. It has taken me almost 7 months and 2,000. out of pocket. Not to mention 2 different podiatrists till the last actually took the time to offer help not just telling me to give up.
An orthopedist who specializes in feet and ankles could also help. I've been to both a podiatrist and the ortho in the past whrn I've had PF (I get it with each knee replacement I've had). This current round (#3), the podiatrist wasn;t available for a couple of weeks and I was in agony so I saw the foot ortho instead, both located in the same ortho practice. I also take meloxicam-but was taking it for my arthritis. Can't imagine how awful my feet would feel if I weren;t taking it already when the PF started again in April.
I would suggest a podiatrist first. But after all my experience with debilitating PF I found MBT shoes helped me more than any treatment including laser, orthotics (custom and over the counter) cortizone shot, shock treatments - thousands of dollars and appointments for nothing. "They" know we have a huge problem and will try to sell us anything - even more painful devices. I believe the night splint could help but I can't sleep with a device on my foot. These MBT's are a miracle. Try them - there are deals and copies of these negative heel, soft cushioned shoes but I believe the real ones work better but it really was my only answer - I did shiatsu massage and acupuncture to revitalize my atrophied muscles and the shoes are great for posture and promote safe walking - no pain! - can you imagine? I wear them from morning to night. Love them!