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    Default Plantar Fasciitis

    Anyone suffered this and found a cure? I have been in pain for months now...
    I have bought "old lady" shoes, tried foot massage /stretching, calf stretching, shoe inserts etc and am in agony. I am getting pain in my other foot as I'm walking funny...

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    I highly recommend seeing a physio if you haven't already. Dh had this for months and then it tore.

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    It's the absolute worst. I totally feel for you. It's not uncommon to have it for 6-12 months (sorry!!) and you'll probably get different opinions from different health care providers.
    If you can find a Physio that offers shockwave therapy (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy). It's a relatively new treatment and in my research (not just online, talking with several health professionals and sports doctors) is the most effective treatment available. I had about 6 (?) sessions and it completely cured it within a couple of months. I had been suffering for 6 months and tried all the usual stretching, ice, anti-inflammatories, Physio ultrasound therapy etc. This is what all the athletes are using so if you can find someone than offers it near you, I wouldn't waste my time with all the other therapies.

    Other things you can do to help (in addition to this treatment) include wearing supportive shoes all the time (save bare foot for when it's getting better, and only on soft surfaces like sand or grass), especially at home if you have tiles or floorboards. I also bought one of those spikey balls (can get from target $5, or physics sell them too) and roll both feet over the ball a few times a day (I still do this now).

    It's a complex issue as you've no doubt discovered if you have gone to Dr Google. Unsure what causes it but it's usually a combo of unsupportive footwear, weak arches, too much running/walking/standing on hard surfaces. I got it from running in bad shoes and never stretching, plus walking around our tiles at home in bare feet.

    If it persists I'd see a podiatrist - but your Physio might recommend that if their treatment doesn't seem to work.

    Good luck!

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    See a podiatrist. My DH has chronic PF which will never get better (his is an unusual one. Most get better).

    A good podiatrist/physio will give you stretches (you must do them) before you stand up from bed/sitting etc.

    My DH found sleeping with a Straussman sock really helpful.

    Tennis ball in the sole of your foot (roll back and forth) and I think its heat that helps.

    It will take a while to get better.

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    I developed this when the weather got warmer. It got progressively worse till I could barely walk.

    I saw my GP and he googled up some stretches for me to do. I tried them but it just made it worse. Then one night I found the right stretch for me. I had my legs out straight under the desk resting on a bar and I pushed my heel out. I noticed an improvement after that so kept repeating it every few hours, often dropping my heel off the back of a step. With a week I could walk normally again.

    I also wear nanna shoes now from the chemist. Before I fixed it I was going to try avoiding inflammatory foods like gluten and sugar to see if that helped.

    I also noticed swimming in cold water gave me temporary relief.

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    I have this, I've had it for a couple of years because I didn't get it treated in any way. I have been to a podiatrist, I have semi-custom orthotics. I wear all the 'nanna shoes' as PP's call them lol, which yes they do help. The most helpful was when I bought a pair specifically to wear around the house (ie ugly but comfortable), it's a lot better now than when I was barefoot around the house. Still painful though.

    I must admit I am a bit slack on the exercises though, so that probably doesn't help.
    I am going to go back to the podiatrist and see what else they say. Maybe I need fully custom orthotics. I dunno. But I am so over being in pain. Maybe I have some other issue as well as PF.

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    A friend who had it said the podiatrist didn't help and she just spent a heap of money on inserts. Then she had the cortisone injections combined with physio is what helped her.

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    I used strapping tape and supportive tape for a couple of weeks. A good foot massage (physio or podiatrist) also helps!


 

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