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would like to hear from those who have gotten shots & surgery

Good day fellow sufferers,

I will briefly describe my condition.  6 months ago I was diagnosed with pf.  I am a 60 year old that walks anywhere from 3 to 6 miles per day due to my job.  The doc said it would take at least 6 months to heal and I had him make me the custom orthotics.

A few weeks ago I actually missed work for a day due to the pain of pf.  I bought the shoes that the doc recommended; SAS time out, and he adjusted the orthotics in my shoes.  I have been icing, stretching, ultrasounding, and rolling a tennis ball under my feet.

It has been 6 months, and now the doc said it may take a year.  I don't think I can do this for another 6 months or more.  Some of the testimony I have read really doesn't encourage me; some people claim they have had it for years.

Due to the nature of my job and having to walk as much as I do, I am actually to the point of considering the shots; so my question is this; how long did the shot last and were you glad to get the shot or has it made you sorry you did?  Was there any downtime due to getting a shot?

Also, to those who have already had the surgery, how long is the recovery process and are you glad you got the surgery, or do you think it was the worst mistake you've ever made?  Some of the pictures I've seen on this site of foot incisions look pretty gruesome.

I'm actually thinking of going to a shorter work week if I can to see if that will help.  Anyway, it is what it is I guess but I try to keep smiling.

Lenny

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I agree the shot hurt like heck! I am two weeks now past surgery. Pain still hurts but now it is a burning-shocking pain most likely due to nerves. Ugh. I go back in two weeks!


 
Ali said:

 

Hi Ali,

Thank you for responding.  I would be greatly interested in your recovery time and how the surgery worked for you.  Please keep me posted on your recovery; I am actually considering the surgery...

Lenny

Hi!

I had the shots, they did not work for me def made it worse.. Surgery I had 2 weeks ago.. it hurts still, now I get a throbbing like pain that reminds me of being almost electric ugh.   I hope to soon be able to walk normal :(

Hi Lenny,

I had a doctors appt this past thurs.  She thinks the throbbing pain is due to nerves..  Then this past weekend I kept getting a very hot burning pain, so I called the doctor, she said def nerves.. I go back to the doctors in 2 more weeks.  I have 4 weeks total off of work, but had to ask for an extension of s few days (hopefully just a few days.  The doctor told me to see her Oct 22, then she will determine if I can go back or not on Oct 24.. will let you know when I go to my next appt. 

Thanks Melgirl for the info;

I am actually considering the surgery; having said that, I still want to see if there are any other alternatives.  I really don't want the surgery, but if I have to, I will just to take away the pain.  I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place....

 

Lenny
 
melgirl30 said:

@ Mary & all - 

I came across this website which has really good advice about treating PF - this site also has videos on fascial stretches that are based of the book the "Permanent Pain Cure". I highly recommend this book and the website. I have been following the advice and have had a lot of progress. Particularly from taking systemic enzymes and finding trigger points along my shin bone - almost on the shine bone! It was very tender. Systemic enzymes help with inflammation and actually eat up scar tissue! I take Serapeptase and Wobenzyme. 

Both the book and website recommend to NOT do the fascial stretches until your pain diminishes 20-30% and you address any trigger points in your calf and foot. 

http://www.pfsurvivalguide.com/

Jeff, I also got a shot in my left foot, and it didn't work. My podiatrist said if the 1st shot didn't help it was senseless to continue.  He ordered these orthotics, but my insurance will not pay for them. I found some shoes on line called orthoheel, so I ordered only 1 pair. Very inexpensive and I am wearing them religiously. But the heels still hurt from the Heel SPurs. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would ever happen that I would have so many problems with my feet. I thought maybe heart problems or cancer since it is so prevelent in my family. I am going in for blood tests and sugar tests to see if I am a diabetic. I am only 64, I am 5'1" and weigh only 134 so I thought maybe I needed to lose a few pounds.  Who knows why this happened. But I will not do surgery, it doesn't always work if you go back to doing the same job you had before this all happened.

Melgirl,

One of my best friends is a Masotherapist, she viewed the site and has serious concerns about the techniques.  If you are not careful, you can do more damage than good.  She recommended that I do not try this on my own.  She will do the manipulations for me once a week.  She had me stop the video half way through, as she said "I've seen enough".  Sad, it seemed like he knew what he was talking about but even in the video he warns you of the dangers of doing it wrong.  Be careful

 

Hi Mary - Do you mean the scraping technqiues? Yeah those are pretty scary to think of trying on your own! I think he made the videos for people who may not have any money for all of these expensive treatments. I have always used the "stick" to massage my calves and my hands for harder to get spots on my calves. 

I am going by his suggestion of seeing a soft tissue specialist for at least 3 times and then to begin the fascial line stretches, which is also suggested by the PT Ming Chew who wrote the Permanent Pain Cure. His website takes a lot of info from that book. I just had an active release technique treatment by a chiropractor today. It seemed very productive. I am expecting some soreness from it but I am told it's expected for 24-48 hours. It really is more effective to have a professional do the treatments - if you find the right one! 

Lenny - where do you live? do you have access to physical therapists/chiropractor? many people have success with graston treatments or active release technique (i am trying that now). please try something like that before you go under the knife. 

Having surgery is not going to make your pain just disappear. You will have a lot of scar tissue from surgery and could have some nerve complications. I had what I thought was a minimally invasive surgery and it still caused a lot of problems for me! almost everyone that is on here has not been "cured" by surgery. if they have, well they are very lucky! 

Melgirl,

Yes, my friend who is a professional massage therapist viewed the techniques and warned me that trying these techniques could do more damage if done wrong. I'm having enough trouble as it is, so I'm working out a barter with her for the treatments.  I'm also going to get the book PT Ming Chew as a guide for her but I will leave the manipulations up to her.  Surgery is not going to be an option, I seriously don't believe that's the answer.  Doing the stretches, the night splint, the ortho shoes and now adding massage and maybe chiropractor, I believe will be the answer to my situation.  Stay in touch and  let me know if you or anyone else finds the cure.  Good Luck.

Melgirl,

I'm in Oregon and I do have access to specialists if I want to drive about 75 miles.  I don't really want the surgery or the shots after what I've seen on this forum.  But, tonight I had a bad foot day which left me wondering once more what the hell I'm going to do.  Currently, I do the night splint with an ice pack, ice the foot during waking hours, ultrasound the bottom of the foot, several stretches I learned on this website, and rolling the foot over a tennis ball.  I'm a pretty positve guy and try to keep a smile on my face; but this has frustrated me to tears more than once.  I did obtain a doctors note to shorten my work week, but that hasn't happened just yet.  I'm hoping it will help.

Lenny
 
melgirl30 said:

Lenny - where do you live? do you have access to physical therapists/chiropractor? many people have success with graston treatments or active release technique (i am trying that now). please try something like that before you go under the knife. 

Having surgery is not going to make your pain just disappear. You will have a lot of scar tissue from surgery and could have some nerve complications. I had what I thought was a minimally invasive surgery and it still caused a lot of problems for me! almost everyone that is on here has not been "cured" by surgery. if they have, well they are very lucky! 

Lenny,

Since my diagnosis, I've met several people, including my sister that told me they had PF for months to years who did all the above and one day it was just gone.   They all said it left as quickly as is came.  You must stretch, I think that's the most important, control the pain - at least take the edge off with drugs, try anything just be careful that you don't do more harm and wait.  Maybe we will be the lucky ones and it will just go away.  I was overweight and lost about 20 lbs, got rid of all the crap in my diet and the PF has improved, just hope it goes away.  You're not alone, we all have it and trying to deal with it.  I work on my feet all day and honestly, some days I just cry it hurts so bad.  Surgery is not the answer, it's not a cure and sometimes has made the condition worse from what I've read here.  Try alternatives before you make that decision.

Hi Lenny, I feel your pain. I have had to change my hours to part time because I couldn't handle my job (also requires some walking but luckily not standing all day). My boyfriend has had to pick me up from work a few times from work in tears. I definitely have depression but it gets worse when I have a bad foot day. 

You seem to be icing a lot and that can actually deter your healing. It disrupts you bodies natural inflammation cycle. After 6 months and definitely after a year your PF is chronic, no longer acute. Usually with acute injuries you hear to ice several times day. After a day at work when you come home I think its okay to ice then but you should try to do it for 10 minutes at a time. I would freeze a water ball and roll your foot on it - or take an ice cube and rub it up and down your foot.

 I would incorporate some heat as well to help bring some blood down to your feet. I actually no longer use ice, unless I feel like I over did it walking or had a treatment done at PT, etc. But I rarely do. In the morning before getting out of bed I use a heating pad on my calves, and then wrap it around each of my feet. Just a few minutes. It helps open up your blood vessels so more blood can get down there. When your PF is chronic, you have a build of scar tissue and sort of "dead" tissue on your feet. It lacks blood supply. 

If I had to drive 75 miles to get treatment, I would do it. Having the ability to walk with out pain is worth it for me. I would suggest finding a soft tissue specialist. I had one treatment of this and I feel great. Going back for more....For someone who had had PF for 6 months I would expect you respond well to this. 

http://www.activerelease.com/providerSearch.asp

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