Plantar Fasciitis

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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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Glad you are getting the book. I have not started the stretches yet. FYI - you may think the stretches look wacky. I think you really have to read the book thoroughly, especially when you are learning the stretches. It will take more time in the beginning. I actually emailed Ming and he said I should do two massages of my calf and foot before I start the stretches. I have done that and am now doing 3 ART sessions before I start as well, so I am still in the prep phase. Once I am done with that my plan is to start with Spinal stretches then begin to incorporate the PF stretches one at a time - i.e., starting with hamstring stretch first..wait a few days, see how i react, then try the calf stretch...etc. I have a history of stretching causing more pain for me so I am being extra careful. I actually do not stretch at all for my PF right now! Haven't in months..

Mary said:

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.

Hi Mary,

I just got home and thankfully, I had a better foot day.  I ultrasounded both feet before going to work.  There is still pain but not the agonizing kind.  A look at the work schedule revealed that I now work 4 days per week starting next week.  I've had this agonizing affliction for 8 months now, a lot less than some on this site, and I feel about 40%.  Hopefully, a shorter work week will help the foot get ahead of the pain in order to heal a little faster.  This experience has given new intensity to the word; 'patience'.

Lenny  
 
Mary said:

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 Melgirl,

I start a shorter work week next week; instead of working 5 days I will only work 4 days.  On my original schedule, my monday was a graveyard shift only giving me 1 1/2 days off.  I will now have 2 1/2 days off.  I am really hoping and praying that this will make a difference.  The ultrasound does produce a little heat, but probably not the same as a heating pad.  I stretch before my feet hit the floor when I wake up; I may try the heating pad to see what happens. 

I guess we just have to keep on keepin' on...

Keep smiling no matter how much it really, really hurts...

Lenny 
 
melgirl30 said:

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. 

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Hi Everyone, 

So I am going on week 4 after PF Release Surgery.. I still can't put my foot flat without the stabbing/burning pain.. ugh.. its getting super frusterating. Around the incision on the bottom of my foot right before the heel, it is very numb... I did simple light poking, and still i couldn't even tell my foot was being touched there.. I go back Oct 22.. Wish me luck..  Still not back to work yet..

Ali,

I am sorry for your pain experience.  If you couldn't tell that your foot was being touched, that sounds like nerve damage.  Hopefully, that feeling will come back as it heals.  Keep us posted as to your recovery; I know there are several on here that are interested in that.

I did manage to get a reduced work week; by one day.  It starts this week.  I am hoping that the reduced work week will give the foot more time to heal before having to use it again.  I did some yard work today, and I only lasted about 3 hours...but I am thankful I was able to get that much. 

I wish you the best of luck on your painful experience; try to keep a positive attitude even though it really, really hurts.  Hang in there, Ali, keep smiling.  Thanks for your sharing.

Lenny      

 

Hi Lenny, 

Yes little by little and hopefully your pain can go away so you do not have to have the surgery.. I sure will.

Hi everyone...

 So, let me do a follow up on my Acupuncture treatment for the heal spur. I have been 3 times. My foot feels 85% better... maybe even 95% on some days. I am back to doing all my regular activities. Hiking, push mowing, walking, etc. Shew... I am sooo thankful I did the Acupuncture instead of the "SURGERY". My Acupuncturist also has me taking a herbal medicine. Its called Bu Yang Hung Wu San with Flex Spur in it. Taste nasty.. but has been very helpful. Not only is my heal spur almost completely healed... Ive actually lost a noticeable amount of  weight. So, I wont complain about that ;) 

 Well I had all the shots had the splints had the boot well I really am still in pain. My doctor seems to think that I was continuelly walking on my foot wrong after surgery and the outer bones of my foot he said are fractured! Really can this be I had the surgery almost 2 yrs. ago . In the morning it hurts all day it hurts to walk on it. Yes I'm on my feet all day but even on my days off it hurts. I tried Ice, wrapping it I tried everything I can think of I do have the custom made ortho inserts. Anybody have any other advise.  Resting it hurts when I do get up. I can't seem to find an answer ??? Help!!!!

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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 All,

I've had three treatments now with my massage therapist friend and I have to tell you the pain has backed off.  On a scale of 1 to 10, it's a 2.  I noticed during the treatment that she was stretching the calves in a way very similar to the video that Melgirl suggested.  I think the secret to beating this is a combination of things, not just one thing and to be consistent in your approach and treatment.  Today was the first morning I woke up and step out of bed without any pain.  Yes, it's still there but greatly diminished.  Still waiting for the day when "goes away as quickly as it showed up", as I've heard many sufferers report. 

Hey Mary,

I think you have something of value with the massage.  The reason I say this is because the other night when my foot was really complaining bad, I went to a room where no customers could see me and took off my shoe and used my thumbs for a deep massage on the bottom of the foot.  I massaged the heel and the plantar for about 5-10 minutes.  When I put my shoe back on and started walking again, the pain was greatly diminished.  It seemed to work better than an ice pack.  I'm going to try the trigger points again; when I tried them before, they didn't really seem to make too much of a difference.  I did manage to get a reduced work week; only 4 days instead of 5.  But, it really hasn't made much of a difference yet...it has only been one week.

I'll keep ya'll posted....keep smiling even though it really, really hurts...

Lenny

 

 

Don't laugh but a smooth rock, like a river rock works great to break down the scar tissue that may there, just be careful... You can do more damage.  Norma is a Licensed Massage Therapist that has years of deep tissue massage.  I really believe it's a combination of treatments and consistency that keeps the extreme pain away.  I still have PF, not sure how long I will have it and hoping that one day it will just go away.  I use ice, heat, massage, trigger point, whatever to keep the pain at a minimum.

That's great that you did that massage. I have a lot of painful spots on my heel itself. They are so painful when I have ART done. I really think the issue is in the tissue. Ice, heat, shots may help but only at a surface level.

 

I read an article that compared a healthy plantar fascia to spagetti that's in a box - straight and aligned. A plantar with PF is more like cooked spagetti that's stuck together and just in a bunch. I also think that stretching is more effective once you've addressed the points in your foot and calf, so good that you are doing that. It seems stretching the hamstring is good too.


leonard galley said:

Hey Mary,

I think you have something of value with the massage.  The reason I say this is because the other night when my foot was really complaining bad, I went to a room where no customers could see me and took off my shoe and used my thumbs for a deep massage on the bottom of the foot.  I massaged the heel and the plantar for about 5-10 minutes.  When I put my shoe back on and started walking again, the pain was greatly diminished.  It seemed to work better than an ice pack.  I'm going to try the trigger points again; when I tried them before, they didn't really seem to make too much of a difference.  I did manage to get a reduced work week; only 4 days instead of 5.  But, it really hasn't made much of a difference yet...it has only been one week.

I'll keep ya'll posted....keep smiling even though it really, really hurts...

Lenny

 

 

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