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BREWERFAN71
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6/10/13 3:18 P

Turns out there is a podiatrist down the road from my office who specializes in sports medicine & treating athletic injuries-& he is in my insurance plan. I have an appointment for Thursday! Thanks all for giving me the kick in the butt I obviously needed!



BRITTYBOOOO
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6/8/13 10:37 P

I worked in a physical therapy and chiropractic clinic and we treated a lot of patients with PF. Treatments like ultrasound, shockwave therapy, tissue work, and stretching on a slant board are very effective. Most people don't know that some chiropractors, physical therapists, and sports physicians treat plantar fasciitis so they are options you could consider. Hope you start feeling some relief soon!



BREWERFAN71
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6/8/13 10:19 P

Thank you all for the advice; I think I need to bite the bullet & see a podiatrist. To be honest, I haven't gone yet because I have a high deductible plan & I resist seeing a doctor because of that. I was kind of hoping it would magically go away on its own, but apparently that ain't gonna happen! emoticon



MARIC771
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6/8/13 9:46 P

I had mild PF after recovering from a knee injury - not fun. I second the motion of seeing a doctor - pick out a good sports medicine specialist. I recently saw one for Posterior Tibia Tendonitis - she sent me to PT and after 4 weeks I have no pain at all. Good luck



CORTNEY-LEE
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6/8/13 9:16 P

PF hurts and if left untreated can be downright miserable. I think going to the doctor is a good first step. They may refer you for PT or another treatment option.

I had it and it took what seemed like forever to get rid of it. I think a good 6 months!

Best of luck Spark Friend



SIMONEKP
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6/8/13 12:43 P

You need to see a doctor for a treatment plan



MRSTIGHTWAD
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6/8/13 9:19 A

There is a lot of speculation in the medical community as to the exact cause of PF. Regardless, what has helped my clients with PF is a solid stretching and strengthening routine of the calf muscles. Combine that with properly fitted orthotics and treatment with a podiatrist and you should be in good shape.



ONLINEASLLOU
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6/7/13 10:05 P

I have been successfully treated for PT twice -- about 10 years apart -- both time by Podiatrists. Why have you suffered for so long without getting professional treatment?

The first time, I got fitted for good orthotics and the pain went improved 80% the minute I started wearing them. To get rid of the pain completely, I learned I had to wear the orthotics all the time -- even with my bedroom slippers. I did that until the orthotics wore out in a couple of years.

About 10 years later, the pain returned and I went to a different Podiatrist as I was living in another city. This one treated me with cortisone injections into my heals. (He numbed the skin first with spray, so they didn't hurt a bit.) The first injections (one in each heal) got rid of about 75% of the pain. The 2nd set about a month later didn't seem to do much good at all. The third set (a month after that) got rid of the rest of the pain.

Victory both times -- and my health insurance covered all of the costs.

Go see a Podiatrist and get treated. It could really be worth it.

Edited by: ONLINEASLLOU at: 6/7/2013 (22:06)


-CORAL-
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6/7/13 6:48 P

I had it... couldn't run anymore... went to podiatrist and got fitted for orthotics. It took a little while to get used to the orthotics but now I can't live without them and I'm running regularly and never have PF pain anymore. They also fixed my issues with shin splints I was always having.



UNIDENT
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6/7/13 6:34 P

I've had PF twice, in both feet. Four months is reasonable. It takes months and months to get rid of it, IME.

Go see a podiatrist. Get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. DIYing it isn't working for you.



DRAGONCHILDE
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6/7/13 5:34 P

At this point, only a doctor can really answer the questions you're asking here. That kind of pain for that long is not normal, and we can't reasonably nor safely recommend treatment for injuries like plantar fasciitis.



BREWERFAN71
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6/7/13 4:48 P

Had to Google that, never heard of it-so I guess that's a no. Unless the "homemade" version of that would be rolling my foot over a frozen bottle of water-that I've done.

I should say I haven't gone to a doctor, but I may very soon just to make sure it is PF. There's no swelling or discoloration, so I don' t think there's a stress fracture. The only other thing would be bone spurs, but wouldn't I be able to feel it? Anyway-no doctor, so no PT either, which I imagine is where they would use this technique?



ZORBS13
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6/7/13 4:28 P

Graston technique?



BREWERFAN71
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6/7/13 3:03 P

Forgive if this has been discussed already-I'm sure it has-but anyone out there with a treatment plan that was successful for Plantar Fasciitis? It's been going on now for at least 4 months if not more, but now it's to the point where it's also hurting when running. I guess I should have been smarter in the earlier days when it only hurt after running, but if I felt good, I ran, you know?

Anyway, I've been resting it more, using the stationary bike for cardio & only doing upper body & core exercises. Ice, Ibuprofen, KT Tape all provide some temporary relief. And next weekend I'm supposed to do a 10K-I tried to run last night & only lasted a 1/4 mile, then had stabbing pains afterwards. I have inserts designed specifically for it that I've been using not only in my running shoes but also for any of them when possible. It did motivate me to get back in gear for weight loss, & I have lost about 10 pounds since it's gotten bad, so that 's a good things I guess!

I'm just extremely frustrated-every time I get into a program with an event as a goal, something like this comes up. One step forward, 2 steps back. Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!



 
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