SparkPeople Plantar Fasciitis Team Messageboard Fighting with Plantar Fasciitis - cures - remedies SparkPeople Plantar Fasciitis Team Messageboard How to Balance Work, Exercise, and dealing with PF Hi everyone, <BR> I have tried just about everything out there and can't seem to get control of the pain. I spent 7 years in the military and now I work fulltime as a chef on my feet all day long usually on hard surfaces without ever sitting down. I literally hurt so bad I am hobbling to my car at the end of everyday. I cannot stand when I get home. I have been know to have to crawl on my hands and knees seriously after a long day. I am scared to do anything else once off work in fear I will... Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:34:53 EST New team member My name is Liz. I've been hobbling around for a couple years with a lot of heel pain. I thought it was a bone spur and achilles tendonitis, but my PCP says that those things happened because of PF. So here I am trying to learn how to deal with PF. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:29:19 EST new to this group Hi <BR> I've joined this group as I'm having problems with one of my feet. I'm missing being able to go out for a short jog. I'm in need of ideas about what to do instead. I know I could cycle or swim but both take longer and some days I'm short of time. <BR> <BR> Tessa Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:49:20 EST New and Happy New Year! Hi and a Happy New Year to each one for a year filled with blessings and progress in achieving your weight goals! <BR> I was diagnosed with pf over a decade ago. Flexible flat feet as well. My podiatrist whistled in shock upon looking at xrays of my feet. My bones are perfectly flat, no arch at all. <BR> <BR> Here's to developing a more disciplined schedule in using the stationary bicycle! <BR> God bless you all. We can do this!! Sun, 1 Jan 2017 23:43:12 EST January 2017 Challenge With the Holidays over and we are wanting to get back into our healthy lifestyle, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - CARDIO - At least 3 times per week <BR> 3 - STRENGTH - At least 2 times per week . <BR> 4 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 5 - PAMPER - Yourself 15 minutes per day. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer ... Sun, 1 Jan 2017 07:39:36 EST New member I am new and i too have the dreaded plantar faciitis. It hasnt been as bad recently for me and i really dont know why because i havent lost any weight. The only thing i can think of is that i switched jobs and i am not walking around on pure concrete all day. Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:39:23 EST December 2016 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - EAT - Breakfast every morning. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to... Thu, 1 Dec 2016 05:29:32 EST Hi, new to the team Hi everyone. I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis years ago. Back then all my doctor did was give me some rubber inserts and told me I needed to lose weight. And that being on my feet all day also contributed to the problem. I don't remember how long I was in pain but I do remember how painful it was to get up after sitting. <BR> <BR> Well the pain has started to return. I mentioned it to my family doctor and she sent me to the foot doctor. According to him I should have been wearing inser... Tue, 29 Mar 2016 11:30:48 EST Does anyone know anything about this?<BR>und-treatment-may-be-option-for-planta<BR>r-fasciitis Tue, 8 Dec 2015 20:34:39 EST Reintroduction Hi, <BR> I'm not new to the group but thought I would reintroduce myself. I am 31 and just had surgery for my Plantar Fasciitis among other foot problems. I also had my achilles tendon lengthened as it was VERY short and likely the cause of the PF. Has anyone else had surgery in this group? How was recovery? Has it recurred at all? I failed my way through years of physical therapy and other traditional methods to treat it before surgery even came into the picture. Mon, 7 Dec 2015 20:44:36 EST Ouch, Ouch, Ouch!!!!! I was diagnosed with Planters about a month and a half ago. I was told to ice, stretch and rest my foot. I was also instructed to purchase New Balance walking Shoes (I am retired so money is tight). I've spoken to several people regarding this issue and was told they either got steroid shots or surgery neither sounds good. I am tired of my foot hurting so I'm going to ask my Podiatrist to give me the shot!!!!! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 11:54:55 EST New member with fickle feet Good morning, <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> My name is Patty and I'm new to the team. I seem to have fickle feet and was wondering if it is normal with plantar fasciitis. <BR> <BR> I seem to go for a decent length of time with just mild to moderate aches and foot pain, then without warning it seems like I can't even rest my foot on anything without terrible pain. It feels like my heels are going to split open and the bone is going to come right through the heel pad. Then after a few days I... Sat, 25 Jul 2015 11:36:43 EST Shoes What brand of shoes do you wear? I got Asics Gel Foundation 8 about a month ago because my other one's were wore out and these are were what were recommended to me but they started to hurt my heel in a different spot so I just got a pair of Brooks Ariel they felt good in the store and as I wore them a little more but now I am not so sure. Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:21:00 EST Will it come back? I had Plantar Fasciitis for years. tried all the "remedies" the things that helped the most were Hush Puppies Bounce shoes, stretching the Achilles tendon before getting up or standing up EVERY time. and constant rest (which I got handed because of cancer). about two years after the cancer diagnosis I realized I no longer had the PF. but I still wear walking shoes. guess I got used to being comfortable. LOL <BR> <BR> I'd like to know if anybody else has gotten over the PF and can now ... Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:59:44 EST Hobble, Hobble Hi I am a fellow PF suffer too I have been dealing with this flare up for at least 6 months if not more but started doing treatment about 2 months ago. I have been going to PT where they do ultrasound, massage and some exercises. The exercises are towel crunches, towel stretches and a couple of others. I have a night splint that I tried wearing a couple of times but it's not comfortable and I get pain in the back of my thigh like if it were sciatica. I do stretches at home but probably no... Sat, 7 Feb 2015 15:59:11 EST New to the team. Hello, I am glad to find this team. I was diagnosed with PF just before Christmas. I am normally a runner, although prior to the onset of my PF, I was not running for various reasons. I am a non driving mum, so rest is not always an option. The Christmas break helped, but it was not long enough. My GP has not been very helpful. I was prescribed naproxon, however it interferes with my migraine meds and give me awful reflux. I now have inserts to try, but I really need to find shoes that I can ... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:13:19 EST torn plantar fasciitis Anyone recovering from a ruptured or torn plantar fasciitis? I am about 2 months out from discovering I had torn the fascia and feel like my progress is slow as molasses. I am wondering if anyone has gone through this and if so what the progression was like to get better. I never really enjoyed running before but now would really like to run since I can't do it right now. Grass is always greener kind of thing I guess. Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:05:07 EST Hello from the Oregon Coast Hello all, <BR> <BR> I've been with SparkPeople for a few years now, but recently been diagnosed with PF. Hoping this group will help me keep up my fitness routine without doing any more damage to my already sore feet. <BR> <BR> Cheers Fri, 2 Jan 2015 15:53:50 EST December 2014 Challenge With the Holidays upon us and attending Holiday parties, this challenge is an individual challenge that you can do to accomplish the goals. The goals to achieve are as follows: <BR> <BR> 1 - WATER - 8 Glasses per day. <BR> 2 - EXERCISE - At least 10 minutes per day. <BR> 3 - VEGETABLES - 5 per day. <BR> 4 - TRACK Your CALORIES. <BR> 5 - SLEEP -8 Hours Each Night. <BR> <BR> To participate just copy the five goals in a reply message and answer yes or no to each goal. Look forward to you par... Sun, 30 Nov 2014 11:14:47 EST Heel spur surgery I am recovering from heel spur and plantar fascia release surgery. I am wondering if anyone else here has had it and what you did to speed up's taking forever. I had a full leg cast for 3 wks and I have a walking boot now but can wear sneakers for short periods. I'm still in some pain but able to bear weight but becomes too painful quickly. Hoping for suggestions!! Thanks. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:01:57 EST Question about orthotic inserts! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Trina and I have been dealing with the PF for about three years now. I have it pretty much under control, I only have really bad pain when I walk around barefoot for a while (when I forget I have PF and jump up to do some chores). So I was wondering about orthotic inserts. Is there a particular brand that has worked for some of you? And can I use them in shoes that are fairly flat and without much support (mainly I'm thinking about my converse sneakers!)? I ... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:00:15 EST Greetings! Hello, I am 45 y.o. living in NW NJ. As soon as I started exercising, my plantar fasciitis started acting up! I took a few weeks off and it was back to normal, but I started exercising again and the same has happened. I just started stretching on a regular basis hoping it helps..... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:14:31 EST New and Looking for Answers <em>524</em> <BR> <BR> I think I have had Plantar Fasciitis for a little over a year now, but have not been diagnosed. Recently, I searched WebMD and found my symptoms matched up with this problem. It started when I went walking with my daughter on the golf course for a couple of hours after being inactive for about a year and a half. A few hours after that walk, I stiffened up so bad it was hard to walk and suddenly had heel pain that was never there before. Since then, when I get up in ... Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:03:15 EST Hello Hello team. Introducing myself. I have had plantar fasciitis in my left foot for several years now. I used to take long walks in the forest with my husband and I'm quite sad I can't do that any more. <BR> Recently the problem in my left foot subsided, but the same pain started in my right foot. And this case is much worse, to the point where I would hate to just get up and walk just a few steps to another room to fetch something. <BR> I recently started seeing a new podotherapist and I'm wo... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 04:01:31 EST Chair cardio workout! <link><BR>detail.asp?video=38 </link> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:24:43 EST Hi team I'm Christina, I'm 49 years old. I have had plantar fasciitis for a few years now. Recently it shifted from my left foot to the right foot. <BR> In a attempt to lose weight and heal the inflammation I started doing the 'Eat to Live' program 7 weeks ago, and 3 weeks ago I also cut out gluten. Since about one week the pain is less! <em>30</em> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 05:23:40 EST Hello All Just wanted to say hi. I came back to SP because I need it. I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis in both feet in December after about six months of misery. Yes it took me that long to see a podiatrist about it. Through stretches and proper foot wear my left foot is back to about 99.9%. My right, which was the worst is still giving me grief but is well on it's way to the mend. I give it about a 75%. At least the white hot shards of glass have not made their presence known for several months ... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:39:28 EST Greetings Sparkers and Plantars! Hi all I decided to join this group to reply to a topic, but I feel I can also learn a few things as well. I have plantar fasciitis and have had good days and bad over the years. I'm a barefoot type of person, so for awhile I had to wear oorthotics in my shoes which didn't help at all. For myself I decided to go minimalist and am thankful a shoes has existed to reflect my own way of getting around and have been apart of my own way to recover along with the necessary exercises (i have to get... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:03:03 EST Hi There I'm new here. I'm Emily, a 30 something mom with 2 boys. They are 9 and 1. And so busy. I have used the excuse that I'm too busy taking care of everyone else and everything else to take care of myself. And I'm not going to do that anymore. I love to quilt. It's not a very get up and moving hobby. lol. Fri, 2 May 2014 12:36:19 EST New to the team, on SparkPeople for ages Hi! <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with plantar fascitis as a result, I think, of anterior tibial ligament dysfunction. Which I may have that name wrong, it's the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. I have had new custom orthotics for about 3 weeks now, still breaking them in (breaking my foot in is more like it!). <BR> I've been a Sparker for years, and have come back because I gained most of my weight back after moving to a sedentary job. I'm a little more active now, but m... Tue, 8 Apr 2014 17:03:16 EST Please give me some ideas I'm new here and to Sparkpeople. I am not diagnosed but have all the symptoms of PF. My problem started several years ago, after I used those rocker bottom sneakers for a whole day. <BR> <BR> I'd like to join the Team Goal on doing PF exercises every day but could someone tell me how to do those exercises? <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:30:16 EST Tennis ball vs Golf Ball You know how we all get a lot of advise when we tell people we have this condition and massage you foot with a tennis or golf ball is a common one. <BR> <BR> Which one works best for you? <BR> <BR> I find the tennis ball more soothing but the effects of the golf ball seem to be longer lasting. <BR> <BR> What's your experience? <BR> <em>132</em> <em>278</em> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 12:21:10 EST New shoes with memory foam I just went to Kohl's with my 30% of coupon and was looking at shoes and saw that Skechers has a woman's slide on shoe with memory foam. Put them on and they felt so good, of course I bought them and wore them home. Check them out if you get a chance - so comfortable. I did have to go up a 1/2 size, but who cares when my feet don't hurt. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 19:52:48 EST Hello there Hi. I have PF in both feet. It's currently under control, but having it has torpedoed my fitness goals. I am having a very hard time getting back on the wagon. 30 more pounds of hard time. Even with it basically under control, I am finding I am not motivated to exercise anymore. Part of that is fear that it will exacerbate it, part of that is I have gotten used to not exercising. I use inserts and stretching now, and will break out the overnight braces when it flares. It has become th... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 15:55:30 EST WALKING SHOES Recently I have noticed that the pain in my right heel has got better. Then yesterday I put on some walking boots with a gel insole, and once again I have the pain this morning. <BR> <BR> Can shoes bring on PF? It is only on my right heel on my left. Has anyone else noticed the same? <BR> <BR> Thank you for your time Tue, 5 Nov 2013 01:21:39 EST Anyone tried TENEX? I finally went to the doctor this week after more than 3 years of trying to deal with PF. Up until the last month, I thought I was managing ok, but when it started hurting this much every time I try to go for a walk or run and hurting some all the time, I knew I needed to find out my options. <BR> <BR> The doctor I went to told me I was a good candidate for the FAST technique know as TENEX. It was developed by the Mayo Clinic and they go in with a small needle hole and do some laser remova... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 20:35:56 EST ARE YOU MORE PRONE TO PF Are you more prone to PF is you have flat feet? Sat, 19 Oct 2013 02:14:58 EST Needin' my feet to walk off all this weight! It is a vicious cycle, feet hurt, I get fatter, harder on the feet, they hurt more. so don't move, but eat from stress of not moving. feel bad, eat some more.... yikes. _) <BR> <BR> Hi Everyone! I'm a long time PF sufferer, I should be able to fix this.I started an exercise program2 months ago, just walking, but GREAT for me! My Feet hurt walking, a lot. (at 260 pounds, feet take a real pounding)but it was tolerable with toes cut out of avia shoes-- (ingrown toenails too. argh, my FEET!) ... Thu, 17 Oct 2013 02:36:57 EST QUESTION? Are you more prone to PF if you have flat feet? Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:36:25 EST WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PLANTAR FASCITIS? Hello, I have recently started walking to keep fit, and after the initial sore feet and blisters, I bought a pair of walking boots, and after felt a sharp pain in my heel? I posted my concern on a message board and someone mentioned that it could be plantar fasciitis. <BR> <BR> Could you please tell me some of the symptoms, I know that I will need to go to the doctor to get the correct diagnosis <BR> <BR> Any advice will be gratefully appreciated <BR> <BR> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:53:55 EST Login The spin doctor blessed me with a 5 today. <BR> <BR> Can I make a comment, please? The signatures with the really long "God" posts, are they necessary? They are offensive to me as I am a heathen. Can it be toned down a little? A sort of "I won't flaunt my God/Goddess" if you won't keep throwing your God in my face. <BR> <BR> Please?? Tue, 3 Sep 2013 23:52:06 EST New to the team and grateful for the info Hi my name is Lisa. I am 38, morbidly obese, I have fibromyalgia so I am unfortunately in constant pain but this year I am taking my life back and attempting a couch to 5k. My planned race is in honor of ovarian cancer which my mom fights daily, so my and my obese hiney have been training (exercise pain for disease pain) and that is in 18 days. <BR> <BR> Problem.... all of the sudden, my feet are on strike. I have been hand massaging, rolling over frozen water bottles, scrunching towels with... Tue, 3 Sep 2013 23:43:10 EST Two Bad Feet Hi. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in my right foot yesterday. The pain started on Sunday. I'm no stranger to foot pain. Eleven years ago in August, I knocked off part of the heel bone in my left foot, and have a screw holding it together. I fractured my talus a few years later in the same foot and did so much damage there was concern that the bones in my feet might collapse. Luckily that didn't happen, but I walked with a horrible limp for several years until I did some extremely in... Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:26:57 EST New to Sparkpeople Hello! I just joined Sparkpeople today. I have been suffering from PF in my right foot for a few months now. Some days it is so hard to walk, much less exercise. I am excited to hear ideas and advice from people who can relate to me. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 21:37:44 EST Ouch! Have been having some problems with feet and legs since the hot weather started, but was mostly attributing it to veins and water retention. But a few days ago, I got up and couldn't put weight on my right foot. Did a bit of research and have self-diagnosed PF but will go to the doctor tomorrow (if I can get an appointment) to have it checked out. I haven't been running lately, but doing a lot of walking since I don't have a car right now. Wrong shoes are probably a big culprit. <BR> <BR> So... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 07:18:18 EST New to the team as well Good Morning, <BR> <BR> I have had some issues with this off and on for years, but never anything that lasted more than a day or 2. Right now, I'm feeling it more than ever. I did a little research on the web and on SP; I've been a member since 2008, and glad to find this team. I have my waterbottle in the freezer as we speak, and have a good supply of golf balls, tennis balls, and dryer balls with those nubs all around. I thought I was a good stretcher, but looks like I'm going to have ... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:50:15 EST Hi, I am new too! Hallo, my name is Maria, and I have been on Sparks for a while now. I had PF, and I can seriously say that I am now cured. <BR> I am going to enjoy reading all the info here, and do what I can so that it does not return. <BR> Have a Great Day, Teamies! <BR> Mon, 1 Jul 2013 06:48:43 EST Hi- new to team Hi, my name is Mary & I have been suffering with a plantar fasciitis on left foot for the past 6 months. <BR> I've been with SparkPeople for years, and am part of several teams. I will be reading up on this condition and catching up on previous conversations. <BR> Any help & words of wisdom are welcome. I try to find natural healing before taking meds since I must take synthroid for an underactive thyroid. My high blood pressure meds have been lowered by 3/4 the dose since joining SP, eating... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 15:27:48 EST new to team but not sparks before rejoining under a new name I was soaringphoenix but I have chosen a new name to symbolize my goal to work on me without challenges like the biggest loser challenge. That is part of my past. My future is me doing it without that challenge and learning to be motivated through my daily posting.of my blogs. Well I have had plantar fasciitis for about 3 months and am considering surgery since the pain is really hard to bear as is. Also I can hardly put my foot down as is. Wed, 5 Jun 2013 21:21:14 EST Am I a Sucker? Bought Dr. Scholl's $50 inserts! I stood on the Dr. Scholl's machine that measures your arch and foot my size , and shelled out $50 bucks for those special inserts last night. I'll let you know how it goes! I am going to WA state in two months and want to walk the streets of Seattle, hike the Olympic National Forest and climb Mt. Ranier! I can't have my feet stopping me! If these supports don't help by the time school is out...I'm heading to the podiatrist and will get corstisone shots if for nothing else... Sat, 11 May 2013 12:16:37 EST New to team! Hi! I am new to the team. I first noticed my plantar fasciitis when I started exercising to lose weight. I am 38 and getting married in May. Some days my feet hurt so bad it is hard to function. Being a preschool teacher - this is not good. Looking for ideas and support! Always nice to know that others are having the same experiences! Sun, 28 Apr 2013 16:33:32 EST My own plantar fasciitis saga Hi everyone! I'm new to this message board, but not to the dreaded plantar fasciitis. I've had PF in both feet for more than a year and a half now. So happy to find you guys here -- a community of people who literally know my pain! <BR> <BR> I'm finally committing to addressing one of the root causes of my PF... my weight. But as you all know, it's frustrating, because the foot pain makes exercising a lot more difficult and yet exercise is key to weight loss. In fact... my PF started in the ... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:32:16 EST exercise and PF??? Hi I'm new to this blog thing, but I'm open to suggestions about excerise while suffering from PF. I love to dance but have not been able to for about three month now, I've tried to take walks, ride a stationary bike, but the next day I'm in debilitating pain. Have done, stretching exercises, icing, ibuprofen, accupunture, and the only thing that has shown little reprieve, deep tissue massage. Any thoughts on PT, ultra sound, or even surgery would be appreciated. (I'm going on about 5 months ... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 13:34:06 EST 50# in 2013 no more excusses im ready to lose these 50# and it begin today Fri, 8 Mar 2013 08:59:31 EST New to team; trying to avoid surgery Hello, everyone! My name is Connie. I have struggled with plantar fasciitis for 5 years. I wear a night splint, ortho insoles, do stretches, ice my foot, wore a stationary boot for a while, and have had regular cortisone shots. My podiatrist wants me to have surgery. I would like to avoid that. I'm hoping that losing some weight will help ease the pain. <BR> <BR> I need to lose 100 pounds, but really, if I could lose 20 or 30 I'd be so much happier. I think my foot pain would ease, too. <BR>... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:17:19 EST 2013 my time hi my name is cyndi im 56 yrs old im married to my best friend i have 2 children and 2 grandchildren i like to read i have alot of medical problems and i know by losing weight and changing my life style i will live a longer and happier life and beable to spend the time with the grandchildren Thu, 14 Feb 2013 08:40:35 EST recently diagnosed A few months ago, I noticed my feet hurt the moment I got out of bed. I would just "walk it off" until I felt better. I am a home health aide & the weather has been yucky here, so I started taking my shoes off at patient's houses so as not to track mud and snow all over - I think working without supportive footwear, combined with my recent attempts at training to run a 5k, aggravated my symptoms because a few weeks back my feet started to hurt bad. I finally caved & went to my doctor, who dia... Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:52:13 EST New to forum but not Plantar Faciitis Hello everyone! I have had Plantar Faciitisin my right foot since 2007. I had surgery in 2010 but no it didn't seem to totally fix the problem. I still have issues after working out. I have also developed a slight case in my left foot over the years. The military doctors use to tell me that loosing weight should help my condition. The journey is painful but here we go! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 08:24:26 EST New to team - first visit to podiatrist Hi all, I'm not new to Spark but new to this team. <BR> <BR> I think I have Plantar Fascitis, at least from the symptoms it seems like this may be my issue. It's been problematic for about 5-6 months now. <BR> <BR> I have my first visit to a podiatrist on Friday and wondering if there is anything I should ask specifically. Thanks! Wed, 9 Jan 2013 21:37:29 EST exercising through the pain Do you "work through the pain"? Or do you rest when your PF is bothering you? <BR> <BR> I starting to-reintegrate exercise after struggling with PF off an on since February, but I am so afraid that I'm going to do something to aggrivate it again. So I thought I'd see what others do? Wed, 5 Dec 2012 19:04:12 EST saw the podiatrist yesterday He said, not to worry about buying new shoes, really expensive shoes, etc. He fitted me for custom orthotics. My insurance company pays for the set. And I can use them in any of my closed toe and closed heeled shoes (providing there's a bit extra room in the shoe). I may need to buy one size larger, or wider shoes in the future to fit my foot and orthotic, however, for now he said spending $200 on Z-coils really isn't worth it, (at least for me). <BR> He also said, that these will not onl... Wed, 5 Dec 2012 08:23:54 EST new me, old problem Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm Deborah (aka DragonFleyes). <BR> I was officially diagnosed with PF summer 2011. After 6 months trying to heal a broken foot that went misdiagnosed for 3 months. Since then, my foot got better, by last year November (2011). But by this year February, BOTH my feet started to ache. I've seen a doctor, etc, etc. I go back to see him next week Tuesday. <BR> <BR> A friend of mine, has a friend, who wears Z-Coil shoes for her PF. <BR> Anyone else know how well these... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 15:25:58 EST YES!! I am SO happy I've found this group! Back in 2006 weighing over 300 pounds, I decided to do something about it. Through diet and exercise I managed to loose over 125 pounds...felt healthy and fell in love with exercise. <BR> <BR> This past February I developed pretty severe PF and the weight started to creep back on. I am again...after PT....3 cortizone injections...pills...stretching...orthotic<BR>s...night splints. Working on loosing that extra 20 pounds I gained back. <BR> ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:46:04 EST Me too! I have self diagnosed myself too. But if I were to go to a specialist..... what kind of specialist? Podiatrist.....? I have no idea. <BR> But the exercises have helped! So thank you for that! <BR> Is there a house slipper on the market with a good arch support? <BR> <BR> Anyone tried those Dr. Scholls things? Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:30:11 EST New to team HI all, <BR> <BR> New to the team and glad i found it. Have really been struggling with this frustrating condition which has inhibited my weight loss. Grateful for Orthaheel sandals for sure. But still searching for effective cardio exercise that can be done with PF (not swimming). Looking into a stationary bike. Welcome any thoughts. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:08:14 EST getting started Just found out I can no longer put off losing weight. I suffer from plantars in both feet. It comes and goes. Now that I have to start an exercise routine that will make it just that more difficult to keep going. I plan on getting some sort of exercise equipment possibly an ellipse machine and hopefully that will not irritate the plantars. Would love input from anyone with other suggestions. Thu, 8 Nov 2012 07:02:29 EST minimalist "shoes" Has anyone with PF had success with minimalist foot wear? Maybe its not really recommended but I am curious if anyone has ventured in that direction and had good results. <BR> Smorecamping. Mon, 8 Oct 2012 08:47:24 EST Podiatrist vs. sports medicine doc? I have been seeing a podiatrist for months for PF but have not been able to continue running. am not sure she is doing everything we can do....I am wondering who people are usually seeing for PF a podiatrist or a sports medicine doc? Tue, 4 Sep 2012 22:26:29 EST ready to begin again hi my name is cyndi and im ready to make a lifestyle change once and for all Wed, 1 Aug 2012 07:15:19 EST New to the team Hi! I just joined this team last week, trying to seek out help from others who deal with chronic foot pain. I have had mysterious foot pain since I was 15 years old, have seen multiple doctors about it, and still don't have any concrete answers. No one seems to know what to do with my issues! My most recent visit to a podiatrist, although unpleasant (recently wrote a blog about that awful experience), he says I have arthritis, plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tendonitis, formation of bone spu... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 15:42:58 EST its time i am so glad i dont have to do this journey alone, thanks for having me and letting me share this journey with all of you Tue, 3 Jul 2012 19:22:04 EST Just need to vent... I am SO tired of this foot pain! I'm only 31 and feel like I'm 70!!! And while I can't blame it for my recent weight gain, it does have a huge part in it because I'm normally very active. I can't do any of the activities I love, like walking, running, dancing, elliptical, without pain :( And so what's left? biking or swimming. Now, I LOVE to swim, but my gym doesn't have a pool. I do have the ocean not far from me, but getting there after work in rush hour traffic isn't appealing. And... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 12:02:51 EST Yay a PF Support Group! I had no idea there was a SparkTeam for plantar fasciitis until I did a SP search on it to see what advice they gave. I wanted to see if I could learn anything new that I didn't find from Google. <BR> <BR> I have PF and the only time it heals and goes away is if I'm not active. But walk two miles or mow the grass and it flares back up. I really want to run though so I'm hoping losing weight will ease it or make it go away entirely. I have gel insoles in my shoes now AND I tape my foot when d... Thu, 21 Jun 2012 11:18:18 EST New to Spark Hi everyone, my name is Katherine and I'm new here on Spark. I'm really liking it though and finding lots of support. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis a few months ago. My worst times are in the morning when I get out of bed. I can never remember to stretch before getting up and when my feet hit the floor it's torture. I work at a job where I stand all day and I do fine with that. It's not the standing or the walking that I have a problem with. Well, the walking after I get the p... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 15:08:25 EST A sad newcomer Hi, I hav tendinitis in my left ankle the arc of my foot pains when I step on it. Can anyone suggest some exercises for my feet.Really hate the pain. Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:25:53 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I am Wendy and was just diagnosed the other day. I really like the Dr I saw and am hoping she can give me the help I need !! I go back in two weeks to get set up with a PT. I can't wait to get this pain under control . <BR> <em>213</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:12:06 EST The Foot Rocker hello everyone, <BR> I'm so excited to tell you that after about a year of pt, pills, shots splits i'm finally getting relieve from this thing i read about and ordered from Amazon. it's called the foot rocker, you use it a couple times a day. It has really made the difference. It cost about $12.00, wish i'd found it earlier, would have saved a lot of money, oh well better late than never. <BR> <BR> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 21:50:27 EST Hello Sparking Friends Hi, My name is Mary and I have been with SparkPeople since January 1, 2012. I have had plantar fasciitis problems for about 3 years or so. I look forward to learning and sharing ways for relief and healing and supporting each other. <BR> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:20:21 EST hello I was thrilled to stumble across this team! I am self-diagnosed with PF and it seems to flare with running. I love to run. It came on when I put on this last 15 pounds. I purchased new shoes and cut back on my running - walking instead and it seems to be under control. I am hoping that as I lose the weight I will be able to run again. <BR> <BR> I am hoping to learn more about PF and how to exercise and keep it under control. Wed, 1 Feb 2012 23:44:31 EST hello fellow sparks hi everyone, new to sparks, just learning the site and having a good look around. I have been suffering form PF for over a's literally a pain. what's everyone doing to combat this <BR> condition. has anyone used the "rocker". can use all the help i can get. can't afford to continue to go to a foot doctor....not sure the PT helps anyway. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:03:09 EST Intro- entering 3rd year with Plantar Fascitis Hi folks. <BR> I am glad to find this forum! <BR> I am struggling with Plantar Fasctis and I have tried many, many things,.... so far I think there might be HINT of getting slightly better. but this is really a tough condition to treat! So far I have unsuccessfully tried the following: <BR> Ice Pack <BR> Roll foot on Frozen Water Bottle <BR> Draw the alphabet with your toes every morning and stretch before getting out of bed <BR> Chiropractic <BR> Massage therapy <BR> Podiatrist custom made ... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 17:31:49 EST Hello I am so glad to find this team. It will be so nice to hear from other people dealing with Plantar Fascitis and getting ideas of ways to (hopefully) get relief. I first experienced the pain of this about four years ago and haven't had any problems with it since .. until now. This time around has been so painful. Being a teacher, on my feet all day, hasn't helped either. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:09:49 EST Hello Hi I self diagnosed PF back In Oct 2011, but after trying varying treatments as recommended on websites (NSAID's, Stretching, Ice bottle rollinf etc) went to my GP in Dec 2011. She confirmed diagnosis and said she would apply for a referral to a consultant for this. Still wtg on the appt and getting really fed up. Last Year I took part in 6 5k races - I have given up running for the moment, and I really want to get back in to it. I have piled some weight back on in the last three months (also... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 08:38:21 EST Hello Hi my name is Gwen. I have had 2 plantar fasciitis surgeries with little to no relief. It is worse now than ever. I had to take a disability retirement from my job as a letter carrier with the USPS. I have been at home since December 28, 2010. I was already extremely overweight before this but now it is getting ridiculous. I need help. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 15:36:55 EST New To Spark People Hello, I am new to this program. I have plantar fascitis and I have had it for many years, I think if I were to lose a lot of weight the pain would go away. I lost about 20 pounds once and my feet stoped hurting I was using the HCG diet though and I am not sure if it was the hormones I was taking or the weight I had lost. I gained the weight back and then some. I never want to exercise because my feet hurt. I am a teacher so I am on my feet alot. I need help for ways to cope with the pai... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 09:19:59 EST Hello! Just found this team. I am returning to spark following a hiatus. I have had plantar fasciitis in the past when at a different weight. It more or less abated following weight loss but as I have gained a small amount (to me) back, it is threatening me with twinges again, after years of being fine. So I am interested in this team. Glad to meet you all. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:10:44 EST recovering for PF surgery I am 30 days out from PF release and in a boot until after xmas. I am trying to find exercise i can do until i am able to walk again. Any suggestions are welcomed. Thx :) <em>213</em> Thu, 1 Dec 2011 18:46:46 EST Has anyone tried extracorporeal shock wave therapy I finally tried another podiatrist and he recommended this procedure. It is non-invasive, my insurance will cover it and it only needs to be done one time. I am just waiting for them to schedule the procedure. <BR> <BR> Curious, has anyone else tried it? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:05:07 EST Just diagnosed with PF Well, had an appointment with a podiatrist and she told me that I have Plantar Fasciitis. She told me if I lose weight, that will number 1 get rid of the problem most likely. <BR> I'm also getting acupuncture on Friday to help treat it. The dr did also prescribe a pain reliever but I have barely taken it. I've switched to athletic shoes (much to my bosses displeasure) which seem to be helping a lot. <BR> My podiatrist also recommended no going without shoes but I don't know what to do whi... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:17:39 EST success with weight loss with plantar fasciitis? I think by losing some weight my heel pain will definitely improve. Does anyone have any success losing weight with limited exercise? Thanks! Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:20:28 EST new Hi everyone! I think i have plantar fasciitis. I have all the signs. I walked a lot this summer with sandals that weren't real supportive, i'm overweight, i wasn't wearing insoles when i did walking with running shoes. I've been exercising a while and i haven't lost a lot so i think that is a lot of stress on my feet as well. <BR> <BR> My feet hurt mildly in the heel some of the time after walking around. I will go in to see the doctor if it gets worse but right now i'm trying to take... Sat, 29 Oct 2011 15:11:38 EST Newbie Hello! <BR> I was so thrilled to come across this team! I've had PF for about 2 yrs. now. I'm a busy mom of 4 and needless to say, its been a real hassle. At one point, I had my daughter's volleyball knee pads on and had to crawl around the house. My feet are much better than they were, but am always in some sort of discomfort or pain. <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to hearing of all the ways you guys cope and the creative ways you find to exercise. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:23:10 EST Before you get out of bed stretch I have PF and achilles tendonitis. This stretch done every morning before even getting out of bed helps me. <BR> <BR> My doc told me that the quickest way to heal from PF is do the stretches and don't re injure the foot. Re injury occurs when you don't stretch and then put weight on it again. It takes another week for the faciitis to heal....provided you haven't hurt it yet again. <BR> <BR> I was trying to do the usual belt or towel around the toes, which was good for the PF but not c... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:58:58 EST Newbie from Charlotte, NC I'm new to SP, and recently had birthday # 44. <BR> This past spring I started out on a walk/jog program and really screwed up my feet. After a few months of hobbling around I finally went to an Orthopedic doc and was given plantar faciitis and achilles tendonitis diagnosis. <BR> <BR> I was told to expect a 8-9 month recovery if I didn't injure my feet again and did the stretching exercises. great. <BR> <BR> All summer I played the balancing act of trying to find the right shoes, in... Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:37:15 EST Talked to the doctor and new shoes Well I asked my doctor when I went for my weight followup about my feet and she said well sure but they would have to do injections. I said NO WAY. I do not want to have to do that unless I have to. I told here things I have read here and other places to do and she told me to do some of that and some other things and then pointed at my flipflops saying dont wear those...I knew this already and I have stopped wearing them as much but they are easy to put on in a hurry. Now to shoes. My mo... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 21:38:31 EST A couple of hints from a PT I went to an event at the local runner's shoe store. They had a physical therapist there who specializes in running injuries. She said that when someone with a high arch has PF, she recommends a less rigid shoe; the arch is already rather rigid, and her experience is that a rigid shoe irritates the foot in general and the PF in particular. <BR> <BR> She also recommended a stretch where a small towel or dog leash is wrapped around the big toe and it is GENTLY stretched upward; the plantar ten... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:48:45 EST New Member I can't believe I have found a group for this problem. I had PF in my left foot for about 8 months when it started to go away - but now I have it in my right foot. I have always had bad feet, but really this is getting to be too much! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 19:37:05 EST Hi :) I was glad to see this team on my new Spark friend's page! I never even thought to look for a PF team. I was diagnosed with PF about five years ago. I haven't really seen a doctor about it since then. I do things like the stretching exercises, night splint, etc. <BR> <BR> I'm sad that I haven't been able to wear 3/4 of the cute shoes in my closet or the ones that I see in the stores. I also find that exercising is a real challenge. The last time I was fine then exercised for a couple days t... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 16:29:40 EST Hello! I'm new here but I've had PF for a while now. I'm looking for an answer other than $400 orthodics. I purchased the less expensive ones from the doc but they really didn't help. Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:04:29 EST After Surgery Question Had my PF surgery in mid April - still having some issues when I first get up in the morning, after sitting for long periods, or if I walk for too long. The pain is no longer in my heel but seems to travel up into my ankle! I know my calf muscle is tight as well. The Dr. said I had some scar tissue build up, gave me a cortisone shot, and told me to massage it every day and do stretches (also did PT but didn't seem to help). I remember having some "healing" pain after my right foot had the su... Tue, 9 Aug 2011 04:51:22 EST Greetings from West Virginia Hi everyone! I'm Nina and I'm from a small town in West Virginia called Mt. Hope. I'm a 26 year old mom of a rotten little boy with ADHD/ODD and the blessed wife of a computer nerd. :p I've been on a diet my entire life and I've finally gotten to the point I'm tired of being tired and don't want my child to have to battle this same thing when he gets older. Between working full time and being a full time student, plus family sometimes my aliments makes it hard to exercise, but I'm pushing thr... Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:47:17 EST Anyone tried the Ecco shoes? Just wondering if anyone has used the Ecco shoe? They have a sandal that looks like it really has the good arch support. I am using Oasis tennis shoes... and have had good luck w/ SAS shoes... and Merrell ....I have had the PT again since Mar 2011.. Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:42:10 EST Newbie! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I've been dealing with PF now for about 5 years. It tends to swap between feet but the only relief I've had has been temporary. I did some steriod shots, boy were those painful! <BR> <BR> When I was pregnant the pain actually went away instead of increased (which is odd since I gained weight...) <BR> <BR> and when I was laid up in bed for 6 weeks after head surgery the pain was gone (I assumed because I just wasn't standing up at all) <BR> <BR> I'm so glad this team is ... Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:54:50 EST Hi, I'm new. Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Heidi and I'm 41 years old, been on and off with Spark for a couple years now and I'm hoping to run my first 5K in October for a cure for brain tumors in honor of my uncle. I live outside Cincinnati, Ohio. I've had plantar fasciitis for about a year or so now. Quit smoking about a year and a half ago. I've been a court reporter for 20 years and I've been married for 13. Guess that's it. <em>240</em> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:36:00 EST Glad to find this group! Hi! I'm fairly new to Spark and just found this group the other day. My PF started in college, luggng English lit books up 3 flights of stairs while overweight. I've worn orthotics, but over time it has pretty much gone away. Now that I'm working harder to get over a weight plateau, I find the PF flaring up again. Since walking is my main cardio (and I have an active dog that requires some mileage daily), resting the foot impacts everything, and not to the good. I'm working through it, but it... Fri, 24 Jun 2011 22:25:26 EST Another newby checking in... Hi, I'm MarilynC. and I'm taking a break tonight from reading almost everything on this team to introduce myself ! My first experience with PF was 25yrs ago and it was 24/7 for almost 2yrs... as an RN I read, tested, & tried everything available & ultimately gave up and just hobbled-cried-& hobbled some more... then 1 morning I got up and it was gone! I am convinced working on concrete floors for years (for me 50+) contributes to many foot problems which in turn contribute to ankle-knee-hip-b... Sat, 18 Jun 2011 21:57:49 EST Newbie Hello! I am fitnessgr. A recovering plantar fascitis girl. I still struggle with this condition. Cute shoes are rare and my exercise program has never been the same since 2 years ago. But I am making slow progress.glad to find this group! Need motivation with the weight I am still working off since I was diagnosed. Glad to be here! Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:35:29 EST Does anyone wrap their feet? I was online looking for video's of different massages for Plantar Fasciitis and discovered a link on wrapping feet. I tried it out and it has been helping! <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I also just discovered this one stating that you can use heat to help treat Plantar Fasciitis. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>feature=related </link> Mon, 6 Jun 2011 23:58:01 EST Arch Bandage I am trying out PediFix Arch Bandages today. So for my feet have felt great, I have had them on for 12 hours. I will post an update soon. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sun, 22 May 2011 21:19:14 EST Hi Team! I'm a newbie to this group and like many of you I got my PF after gaining weight. The odd thing for me was that I used to be much heavier than I am now but the condition didnt start until 6 months ago. I also have PAD (peripheral artery disease) in the same leg as my PF and between the 2 my flexibility in that 1 leg has suffered. I often experience crippling leg & foot cramps despite my water & potassium intake so I cant stretch those muscles very far. Lately I have found myself wanting to ... Fri, 13 May 2011 15:06:44 EST Good Day To You All! Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Im new here but not new to PF. Im Angela and I just turned 40. <BR> <BR> <BR> Last year I had it in my right foot. It was bad enough to aggravate me but lasted around 3 months and left. Now, for the last couple months, Ive had it in my left foot and it is HORRIBLE! <BR> <BR> It burns, hurts and is horrible when Im off it and get back up. I am a chef by trade and am up on my feet alot. Some days, Im limping so much at work that my boss tells me to just sit down... Sun, 1 May 2011 03:05:28 EST Salonpas A friend told me about a product called Salonpas, trying them out tonight and I will let all know if the help. <BR> <BR> Sun, 24 Apr 2011 23:17:10 EST Hello Hi all! I have suffered with chronic bi-latteral plantar fasciitis for nearly 5 years. I have tried it all and am gratefully experiencing some relief lately although still not pain free. The pain has had a profound effect on my health mentally and physically. I need to become active again without aggravating my already painful feet. It's hard for me to get motivated when so many activities I enjoy like running, aerobics and some of the other cardio machines are off limits to me. How do all of... Sat, 23 Apr 2011 11:08:11 EST It will heal! I went to see a podiatrist about my plantar fasciitis. He told me that my body would heal itself in this situation. He explained the fascia to me and how it tears which causes the pain I feel every day. He assured me that it won't stop me from walking as much as I like as long as I can handle the pain. He recommended a regimine (sp?) of ibuprofen to reduce the swelling and pain, a good supportive pair of shoes (preferably with a slightly raised heel to take the pressure off the heel and onto ... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:28:03 EST Plantars Fasciitis I hate this pain in my heel. It puts a crimp in my style and makes me feel old. I don't want to feel old so I went to the doctor...again, and I got told the same thing again. I am always going to have it so to alleviate it I need to exercise my foot. Gosh I thought I was already doing that but guess not. <BR> <BR> The plan - toss a towel on the floor and use my toes to gather it up so I no longer have twinkle toes. Next get a Coke bottle and fill it with warm water and roll my foot ... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 06:49:51 EST Anybody Tried Shockwave Therapy or Needling? I am really sick and tired of this persistent attack upon the left heel of my foot. I jogged 2.5 miles Saturday then walked 2.5 miles. On Sunday I walked 5 miles. All was ok until I went to get out of bed Monday morning. When I went to stand up the pain in my left heel was excruciating. I have been limping around since. <BR> <BR> Last summer I was walking 5 to 10 miles per day. Somewhere along my journey this pain hit and has been with me since. Some days have been better than others ... Mon, 4 Apr 2011 20:28:59 EST Hi, new to the team Hi, <BR> <BR> I asked my doctor about my foot pain and it keeps getting side tracked with my Celiac issues. I will be asking again on next visit, but in the mean time I looked up Plantar Fasciitis on SP and on the web and it sounds like this is what I have. <BR> <BR> I am here to get ideas on which exercises I need to do so I can heal. <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 21:00:41 EST The Ultimate Solution The Ultimate Solution <BR> <BR> Hey everyone I am new to this group. I have been suffering from Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs in both feet for a couple of months now, I’ve taken all the anti inflammatory on the market, and prescription. <BR> I have found the Ultimate solution! <BR> <BR> I wrap this wrist splint around my foot, so it holds up the arch of my feet. I wear them on top of my sock, and I am still able to wear my shoes comfortably. I sleep with them on and when I get out of b... Sun, 20 Mar 2011 22:14:53 EST New to the Team I am a Spark reader and a Sparaholic, but new to this team. Glad to join you from La Habra Heights, California, Victoria Tue, 22 Feb 2011 19:03:03 EST Instep Plantar Fasciotomy? Has anyone had this done? From what I was told the doctor goes in through a 1/2" incision in the heel and releases only PART of the fascia. In my case he said just the first section and there are 3. Nothing is working for me and now the anti-inflammatory drugs have raised my blood pressure. He said I'd be in a boot for just 2 weeks and then tennis shoes with orthotics for probably 2 months. After that supposedly no pain--not even barefoot. I want to know if these are typical results or if... Mon, 14 Feb 2011 05:35:07 EST Night splints or not??? When I had PF several years ago in my left foot, the podiatrist recommended that I wear a splint at night. The family doctor I saw recently says there is no research to support their use. Of course, this time the pain is in my right foot so the old splint won't work....I'm trying to decide whether to invest in one for the right foot! <BR> Any input is appreciated! Thu, 3 Feb 2011 19:35:11 EST Want to Run a 5K I am so glad I found this group! I have had PF in the past, but it had been about 4 years. Last year, it flared up while training for a 5K. I pushed myself through the pain and completed it, but this year I want to do it pain free. Are any of you runners out there? How do you keep the PF in check, while running? I'm still in some discomfort, but am getting better all the time. Thank goodness, it is only in one foot! Wed, 2 Feb 2011 19:50:05 EST New to the team.. glad you are here! I just found this team today, very excited! <BR> <BR> Had noticed a problem with my feet back in August of last year when I was running the farthest and fastest in my life... and was completely sidelined by PF. <BR> <BR> So after gaining most of my weight back and not working out I am trying to do all that I can to get back into working out. <BR> <BR> My doctor gave me the stretches and but I am a bit in denial and to be honest it is a pain but I think it is a slight case, I just don't ... Wed, 2 Feb 2011 18:28:01 EST Wonderful idea for when stretching. I have a friend who is a massage therapist and gave me a wonderful idea for when stretching. <BR> <BR> Fill a knee sock up with dry rice. <BR> Heat for 3 - 5 minutes. <BR> Apply to the area you are going to stretch before you actually stretch. <BR> She said it will help tremendously with stretching because the muscle will be warmer. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 22:26:02 EST OUCH!!!!! a shot in the foot Hi people, <BR> <BR> New to the group. Had PF in my right foot for over a year and surgery in 2008 with awesome success. <BR> <BR> Now got it in my left foot. Went to the doc today and actually have a heel spur as the result. Had a shot in the foot today when all of a sudden he says "redirect" and felt the needle go in again. <BR> <BR> I have never felt so much pain. Even when I had shots in my right foot. He said that it was so inflamed that he had a hard time doing the injection. <BR> <... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:17:07 EST Self diagnosed PF in Canada Hi, I just joined this team and was thrilled to actually find it! I am self diagnosed. My PF flares up when I've gained weight. I started having it when I was pregnant 13 years ago and it has been off and on there since then. I lost 40 lbs about 5-6 years ago and it really helped. This time I'm hoping to lose that 40 lbs again (yes I gained it back) and also hoping the PF will subside again! Glad to see so many of you here! Will try the golf ball trick and see if that helps. I use ASIC... Thu, 27 Jan 2011 01:41:20 EST Does anyone have shoe recommen dations? Somewhere I read that Birkenstock shoes were a good choice when dealing with PF, but my physical therapist didn't agree. I'm just curious if anyone has had experience in any particular shoes being helpful to their recovery? Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:58:08 EST Hi new to the team I was just recently diagnosed with PF in my left foot and got a cortisone shot in it. It seems to have helped along with the stretching and all the other stuff I've been doing. I've registered to walk a Half marathon in May and am nervous that with all the training and then the actual half marathon that the pain is going to flair up again. My walking partner has the same issue too. But it's a goal I set for myself, to walk a half marathon and eventually be able to run/jog it. I know it's poss... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 01:39:54 EST New here I haven't been formally diagnosed with PF, but I am pretty sure I have it in my right foot. Back around Thanksgiving we were out shopping and I didn't have a very good pair of shoes on. Well, my feet frequently get tired when I shop too long. This time, my foot and calf started to ache. It went away after a day or two, but now has started to come back and stay! I have been icing and stretching, I just need to get into a routine. I did buy a pair of shoes to wear in the house (I hate wea... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 19:31:07 EST I feel At A Loss Yesterday was my son's birthday party and I was standing and cleaning and walking around on "kid patrol". I knew when I first got out of bed, my feet were going to hurt. And, at the end of our day, we went skating. I could barely walk into the skating rink. Now today I've been sitting with my feet up and lots of ice. It took all I had to get from the bedroom to the living room. How am I supposed to exercise to get the weight of to help my feet get better? It seems like the more I exerc... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 21:28:03 EST hello everyone Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new here. I was recently diagnosed with PF although I'd been having the pain for a while. It had gotten so bad after I started back exercising that it left me unable to put any weight on my feet. I had actually started crawling so I knew I had to go to the foot doctor. It doesn't help that I'm overweight and diabetic. What exercises can I do? Sometimes I feel okay to exercise but later the pain flairs back up. Sun, 9 Jan 2011 19:57:15 EST Apple Cider Vinegar and Hydrangea Hmmm...I was reading online about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and decided to start using it. Went to the health food store and got the Braggs natural kind. I have been drinking it twice a day mixed with water and the health food guy said to take hydrangea pills 2 pills twice a day and it should help too. Gotta foot feels a TON better than it has. Don't know whats doing it but I'm going to continue to take both. I've been taking them for 3 days and the pain seems to be alo... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:05:50 EST Can someone describe the pain a bit more in detail I'm struggling to determine if I have PF or not. It feels like I have a small bruise on the bottom of my foot when I walk. It doesn't hurt any less or more in the morning when I wake up. It doesn't hurt at all to the touch (I read somewhere to push your finger into the middle of your heel and if you felt pain, it's PF. I don't feel any pain.) It only hurts when I walk. The ice and stretching DO make it feel better for a short while. This is PF, right? Tue, 28 Dec 2010 13:30:34 EST PF in my other foot now! I suffered for a long time before finally having surgery to take care of my right foot - and have had a year and a half of pain free walking! Now - my left foot is starting to give me trouble. I tried the night splint which caused me to wake up with a burning sensation in my toes. Stretching is not helping. I already have custom orthotics since the surgery which I am faithful about wearing. I have to wait til the first of the year to call my doctor as I have no sick time left to run out for a... Sun, 19 Dec 2010 06:32:12 EST Surgery= Best decision of my life I had a bilateral Plantar Fasciial release on July 27th, almost four months ago. My life is so drastically different now I can't even tell you. It's like having my life back. Before surgery I would avoid pretty much any and all weight bearing activities, even walking the 1/2 mile to the bank from my office was an event that was guaranteed to leave me in tremendous pain for the next two days. I could not do any of my favorite activities, I gave up hiking, walking, and even bike riding b/c the ... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 12:02:45 EST Military with Plantar Fasciitis and More Hello everyone! I'm new to Spark and am hoping that it will help me out... <BR> I'm going to be 25 this month, am in the Military, overweight by military standards, have many back problems (Arthritis, an extra disc, Spina Bifida, etc), as well as Plantar Fasciitis. I struggle every day with one problem or another and could really use some help with this. <BR> I need to lose the weight not only to be promoted, but also to get healthy and reduce my pain. I can walk, use equipment at the gym, h... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 11:49:10 EST Tired of Not Being Able to Walk Hi! My name is Heather. I am 22 years old and have let my weight spiral out of control. I am only 5'3" and am at 192lbs. It's never caused any problems for me other than insecurities but recently I have been experiencing P.F. I am the worst dieter EVER but I simply can not take the pain anymore. I work forty hours a week on my feet at Starbucks and it just gets harder. So I am going to try this diet thing again and try to work out at least 3 days a week. Any advice on good fat burning workout... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 11:08:10 EST strong recommendation for Shockwave therapy! I had shockave therapy in June-- 4 treatments, a week apart--the 4th was gratis because I was still having a little pain. I went from being unable to go a minute or take a step without thinking about my feet <em>46</em> , to absolutely NO, none, zip, zero pain! From not being able to make it from my bed to the bathroom with bare feet back to running around barefoot for most of my home time. I can run, backpack, climb, everything I used to do again. After 24 months of ongoing pain, with failu... Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:48:35 EST better after doctor visit hi , i have had pf, for about a few year,s it comes and goes, but since the last few months it is bothering me, went and doctor told me to get better shoes, which i have, and need to get another pair, i also invested in a good pair of indoor slippers, which is new for me, as i go barefoot, have to ice, lose weight, <BR> <BR> i hate to give up my flip flops, and sandels, but they kill my feet, and if i go to a mall to walk, i am dying afterwards, <BR> <BR> anyone have suggestions about shoes... Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:42:29 EST new here Hello all! My name is Valerie and I am a 33y/o SAHM of 11 and 7 y/o boys. I hurt my foot about a year ago and stopped walking/jogging. i just recently went to the Dr to find out why it still hurt so bad a year later and he told me I had plantar faciitis. OH Joy! So now that i know what is wrong, maybe I can find a way to work out without hurting myself further. Sat, 7 Aug 2010 23:38:26 EST Foot splint? Has anyone tried the over the counter PF foot splint to sleep in? If so, does it help? <em>102</em> Wed, 4 Aug 2010 20:10:02 EST Hi I was diagnosed with PF a few weeks ago after injuring my ankle about 10 to 12 weeks ago. My ankle is still giving me problems so the doctor gave me a "no exercising" order. But since I can't exercise I am gaining weight and I am desperate to do something. I did do some exercises but that backfired, gave me more pain and swelling. <BR> <BR> Sun, 1 Aug 2010 17:19:48 EST Buying Custon Orthotics Online I've had PF on and off for a couple years. I just had my second appointment with the podiatrist, and one recommendation was custom orthotics. I have the high deductible plan so I would have to pay for them myself, and they were $600. I searched online and found them as low as $100. They send you a kit that you put your foot to get the shape and you send it back. Has anyone tried this? Anything I should look out for? Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:47:39 EST Why didn't I think of this before?? Good Morning Sparklers!! <BR> I haven't been very active on Sparkpeople for a few months with being in the process of moving to another state and this morning had the idea of searching for More info on PF as I have been SUFFERING with it for about 2 months now. <BR> Why didn't I think of searching here before?? Gosh this place has been my lifeline for support for a long time! <BR> I have been busy reading(while sitting rolling golf balls under my feet!) many of the posts and ideas for relie... Fri, 23 Jul 2010 08:53:00 EST Gravity Defyer Shoes - Have you tried them? I've noticed the advertisement for Gravity Defyer shoes here on SP..specifically on this team's page. I would like to know if anyone has tried them in dealing with Plantar Fasciitis? Tue, 20 Jul 2010 10:18:51 EST New exercise ideas that won't aggrevate PF? I'm waiting for my new orthodics to arrive and getting really tired of swimming everyday. The elliptical trainer aggregates my PF more than I thought it would and I've completely written off tennis and running. I can't afford to put on any more weight. So I'd love to hear ideas on what others with PF do to keep variety in their workouts. Thanks! Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:31:12 EST Shoe heels do matter! Disclaimer: Everyone's feet are different - this is just my personal story. <BR> <BR> Anyone who's had the pain of PF knows, you'll do almost anything to stop that pain. I've been to podiatrists, an ortho., and a running store. They all watched me walk. None saw my ankles turning out. The recommended running shoe was neutral, cushioned. <BR> <BR> My husband is the one who noticed it. We were on a slope. He saw one ankle turn out so much, he said it was bizarre. I knew they were ve... Mon, 12 Jul 2010 08:24:09 EST Help With Walking I was wondering how everyone else goes for walks. I can barely make it around the corner before the pain is almost to much to handle. But I need to walk the dogs. I'm hoping that with the weight loss comes further walking distances but right now I'm just trying to get around the corner and back. Sat, 10 Jul 2010 11:05:39 EST Fairly new to Spark, plowed over by PF Hi all! <BR> I found spark people around March and guess I may have hit the exercising thing a bit too hard... Have no idea what exactly I did to cause the PF... I was doing the 30 day shred by Jillian, walking, and did one day of the C25K program, but on that day, the pain was already there... I had lost almost 20lbs at that point... <BR> Went to the doctor and was told I had PF, to ice with a water bottle, and stay off my feet as much as possible. Also was told the inserts I had purchase... Wed, 30 Jun 2010 13:17:46 EST WalkFit Platinum Orthotics I've been wearing my custom made orthotics since January and I the pain is lessened compared to when I don't (when I wear shoes that the orthotics don't fit), I still very significant. I was hoping that with such expensive orthotics I would be practically pain free by now. Everyday is a struggle and I'm so tired of dealing with PF. <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried the WalkFit Platinum Orthotics as seen on TV? <BR> <BR> I've read a lot of reviews and I think if I were to purchase it, do so fro... Thu, 24 Jun 2010 16:08:56 EST I need to whine. I have had foot pain for almost a year. Got really bad over the winter when I was training for a marathon. Had to stop running, went to a foot doc, got orthotics. Went back for a two month checkup to tell him that nooooo they are not working. He added a felt thing-a-mabob to it for more support, last week. It is SO uncomfortable. First I feel like I'm in like stilettos or something. And I have this constant pushing/pressure feeling in the arch of my foot. I wear these in both shoes th... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 23:23:41 EST Hello New Friends! I've had PF for several years- although it went away for a couple of years after I got orthodics! I even stopped wearing them after about 10 months once my dogs chewed them up (sad). But it came back several months ago, especially in my left foot. I just got a boot to wear at night and orthodics that I think are starting to help. <BR> <BR> This morning I went for a 3 mile walk and now my heal is killing me! I am planning to begin training through the C25K but am afraid PF will get in m... Tue, 22 Jun 2010 17:54:45 EST Surgery Well it's been a year and 1/2 and I am finally having surgery on my PF. (left foot) next Tuesday. We'll see how it goes. Hope for a speedy and healthy recovery! Hopefully soon I will be able to exercise! WooHOoo! Wed, 16 Jun 2010 00:28:54 EST To stretch or not to stretch I was told a long time ago, that if you stretch the bottom of your feet every day, that could help get rid of your PF. But when I look at ways to tape your feet for PF, the recommended way is such that you stop the bottom of your way from stretching. Which just makes me confused... Does anyone know which is correct? Should I stretch or should I try to avoid stretching? Sun, 6 Jun 2010 14:55:45 EST Instructions on how to tape your feet? Do you know if there are any good instructions (with pics or even video) on how to tape your feet for PF? I've tried to do it as my physiotherapist used to, but it doesn't come out anything like it... <BR> <BR> <em>234</em> Wed, 2 Jun 2010 14:10:42 EST Hi! New Here I'm new to Sparkpeople. And I'm so glad that I've found this group. I'm a 26 year old mother to a very active 5 year old boy. I have pf in my right foot and so far it's almost crippling. My family members tell me I look like a 90 year old walking by the end of the day. But after several family members have gone the surgical route and it hasn't helped them, I've decided to go in a different direction. I honestly think that most of my pf problems are my weight. Sun, 23 May 2010 13:53:14 EST Can't walk now.... Well this last week it had been getting worse and worse. Yesterday I pushed it to the limit and ran a 5K race. The weird part is that I didn't feel pain while running. But limping for the rest of the day yesterday and today my foot is a write off. I'm icing it as much as I can but I feel so let down. I don't want to rest. I've worked hard to be able to run 5K straight and I don't want this pain to stop my dream of running races. I hate PF!! Wed, 12 May 2010 09:47:32 EST New to this team I'm sort of new to SP and definitely totally new to this group. :) I love to work out - my torture of choice is aerobics classes. A while back I got PF on my right foot and my doctor told me to rest. And so I did. For a year. And it did get better, but it didn't go completely away. By that time the rest had given me an additional 13 kg (about 29 pounds) to carry around... <BR> <BR> To not go completely insane from not working out, I decided to start my aerobics classes again, but only every... Wed, 12 May 2010 06:23:39 EST Hi!!! My name is Holly My name is Holly and new to this team. I have been dealing with this problem for over a year now and can't seem to get any relief. The doctor has given me so many different things and nothing seems to be working. Tue, 4 May 2010 09:21:36 EST I can't stand the pain!!! I have a new pair of orthotics, I am using the ice bottle, and just started doing calve exercises w/o much help. I had the shots in my foot 3 months ago. Does anyone use the shaper shoes and do they help relive the pain? Fri, 30 Apr 2010 18:09:05 EST Hi...I'm Toni My name is Toni. I once belonged to this team but decided I would deal with the plantar fasciitis on my own or I thought after a short time, it would go away. <BR> <BR> Well, it's been about a year now since an emergency room visit revealed I had the condition. I had been wearing a pedometer and tracking my daily steps for over 3 months...doing the right thing in increasing my steps slow but steady. It was my week to increase my steps to above 10,000. On my walk, when I was about a quarter m... Wed, 28 Apr 2010 22:48:00 EST I'm new and tired of PF I was hoping I'd find a team related to PF . <BR> I first had it in my right foot and got over it .Took about a year and a half to recover by not exercising.Now it's flared up in my left.How on earth do you work and exercise with out causing yourself more pain and aggravation? Wed, 28 Apr 2010 11:22:07 EST Hi, I'm Jesica I'm working at loosing 75+ pounds and getting in better health. I have 2 kids ages 15 and 11. My biggest hurdle is that I broke my ankle last November, had pins and plates put in... Then about two weeks ago had the surgery to have them out, which interrupted my journey on being able to walk again. I should be able to walk short distances again soon! I definitely have a very limited time and money budget as I work a full time job with crazy hours that I love, and of course being the sole suppo... Mon, 26 Apr 2010 21:48:01 EST new to team hello everyone, i have been dealing with pf since december. have been trying alot of different things from getting new shoes to new insoles. they help for alittle while but i do alot of walking and the pain is worse after resting from walking. and when im sitting down for a period of time. once i get up and walk around i am fine. was wondering if anyone has tried the arch supports from the good feet store. i have found that when i have tape or a band around my arch the pain is not as bad. Sun, 18 Apr 2010 20:06:34 EST sprang/twisted my ankle I started walking with my sister everyday and on Wednesday, I sprang/twisted my ankle. I have been taking it easy and not doing much, but I had to finally put shoes on yesterday and today to get out of the house to run a few errands. I decided to put on flip flop/flats and I wish I not done that. My feet hurt so bad. My feet are actually hurting more than my ankle. My ankle only hurts a little now and the swelling is gone, but my feet hurt much worst. I had he same problem with my feet this t... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 03:32:27 EST Dealing with PF Hi. I started getting PF January of last year and went to a pod March of that year. I have customized orthotics, do stretches, ice, Physical Therapy, and 4 sets of cortisone shots (they give temporary relief) over the year. Almost 2 weeks ago I did a new "experimental" procedure called PRP injections into both my feet. It has been almost 2 weeks and my feet are still hurting badly. I am supposed to return to work next Friday (I am a nurse in a critical care unit) and hope that the pain s... Fri, 16 Apr 2010 22:23:31 EST Barefoot for chronic PF, anyone? I've had chronic PF for years and in desperation am trying something new -- switching to less supportive, less cushioned shoes. This is in response to learning about barefoot runners. <BR> <BR> I am making a very slow transition (over many months) from orthotics to neutral shoes. Slow because after decades of living in high priced motion control shoes and orthotics, many of my foot and ankle muscles have atrophied with disuse and need to be re-strengthened gradually so that the lack of... Fri, 2 Apr 2010 11:04:18 EST Article on New PF Treatment Methods I thought this might be of interest. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ys-to-Fight-Plantar-Fasciitis.htm </link> Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:58:03 EST long term sufferer new to PF team Hello, <BR> I have always been active until a year ago. I suffered from PF for the last 10 years just dealing with the pain but continued to workout. One day after a bootcamp class I had the most horrible pain in my foot. The doctor diagnosed me with a partial tear. I have tried rehab, icing, relative rest, total rest, cortisone, casting, and none the less will be returning next Monday for continued pain. I have tried it all and a year later can officially say I am done! Thanks to all... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:52:03 EST DR's Appointment:Any Tips?? Well I have finally decided to go to the doctor and re-tackle my pf. It's gotten worse recently (and now my big toe hurts:( so any tips on what to ask the dr. or perhaps to say no to?(maybe some new treatments I'm not aware of?).My last Dr. was pretty irrelevant -gave me a blurry copy of some exercises and told to take motrin.Thanks Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:17:30 EST New on Spark Hi All, <BR> I am new to this. i am totally excited, though! What a great resource! i'd love to find support buddies and just chat in general about ups and downs. :) <BR> Christy Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:59:01 EST Hello~ My name is Jenn and I was introduced to this site by a couple friends. We all have a desire to loose weight and be healthy. I hope to meet some people on here who have the same goals and problems I do! I have about 50lbs to loose and hope to get support from others in the same boat. I am a mom who lives in Maine and I have 2 girls. I am also a photographer. I am a very busy mom and hope to make this site and thing is learn from here something I can turn to regularly! Tue, 9 Mar 2010 19:50:51 EST Has anyone tried dry needling? Someone posted a link to an article on treatment options for pf yesterday (Im sorry, I didnt note your name!) one of the options was dry needling, with or without a steriod shot, and it looked to me to be one of the less expensive and more successful treatments in the article. Has anyone tried it? I have to go to a big professional meeting in a month that will involve many hours of standing on cement floors, and I am getting nervous about not having this under total control by then!! <em>198<... Wed, 3 Mar 2010 10:50:19 EST For those of you with custom orthotics Have you have had improvement with custom orthotics, or have they kept your symptoms the same? I am now contemplating getting them, but have heard a few people say that they really didn't help them at all. Wed, 3 Mar 2010 08:18:14 EST Taping for Exercise HI there - I was wondering if anyone tapes their feet prior to exercising basically just to do the exercise? I can do some fitness tapes only if I tape my foot - it feels normal and I still streetch, ice etc. after. I know I should ask my Dr. but I'm in the process of finding a new one ( mine stinks).Ok any feedback (positive or negative ) would be great. Thanks! Tue, 2 Mar 2010 11:55:05 EST Train for a marathon and deal with PF? Hi all... I'm Marnie from Reno, NV, 35 year old female. Awhile back I was diagnosed with PF. Yesterday I had the imagery do-hickey done, and that has been sent to the lab to make orthotics for both feet, but it'll be 4 weeks before I get them. I've been fighting this all winter, and only recently found myself in a position to do something about it. <BR> <BR> I have my first full marathon coming up on May 2nd. I want to be able to complete it, it has been a goal for quite awhile now. But ... Fri, 26 Feb 2010 12:34:20 EST New to the Team Thx so much for this forum. I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in November 2009. Just starting to see some improvement after getting new orthodicts and doing my exercises. I'm hoping to get back to my active self this year. Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:00:28 EST My battle with PF Hi I'm Miriam and my plantar Fasciitis in both feet has been my excuse for years. I did everything, orthodics, physical therapy, rest. But everything seemed to make it worst. Then I discovered barefooting. I started wearing a pair of Vibram five fingers when I walked my dog. At first it hurt everything in my lower leg. But my feet and legs eventually strengthened back up. <BR> <BR> Last weekend I ran my first half-marathon (I still don't run in barefooting shoes). The foot pain was definitel... Tue, 23 Feb 2010 07:53:13 EST Does PF ever get better? I have been taping my foot daily, plus I bought a pair of shoes that seem to be helping. At least I can walk without tape with these shoes on. I'm just wondering if it will ever get better? It has been months now. Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:25:20 EST Found you! I've been on and off of SparkPeople for a while. I have PF mildly in both feet. My right has always been worse and especially now that I had a small rupture in my posterior tibial tendon right behind my inside ankle bone, it seems the PF is even worse. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you. Thanks! <BR> ~Cindy Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:37:16 EST Recovering from surgery Hi everyone, I am new to SP. I just had my 2nd surgery on my left foot 10 days ago. I blame Plantar Faciatis for my weight gain. I use to be in retail management and was very good at it. Use to move around and never sat. I weighed only 126 for most my life. Then I was Diagnosed with PF and put on almost 35 LBS in less than 2 yrs. I can barely stand right now but I going to start light with streching and upper body workouts. I hate to say it but it is nice to know I am not alone. Any suggest... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 19:13:08 EST success stories? Hi, I just found this team, too. I have been on SP for a couple years, but for the last 19 months, I've been sidelined by PF, and now have it all to do over again. My feet are improving, but it seems to take nothing-- a day in the wrong shoes, a hike, bad karma?-- and I'm limping on both feet again. the doc tells me its not hopeless YET, but it is pretty discouraging. Anyone out there thats really gottem better? I'd love to see a thread of light at the end of the tunnel! Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:33:55 EST MY FEET I did some research today, online, and decided that I have plantar Fasciitis. All of the symptoms fit...Today I wore inserts in my shoes with heal cushions and my shoes have shock pain all night at work. I hope this is a sign of good things to come...Oh ya,,sorry forgot to introduce myself. I am a 58 year old horse loving, dog loving, chicken loving..okay, okay,,I love all animals....person who. is trying on e last time to get her stuff together and finally get back to the we... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 01:40:22 EST Feet are a necessity Hello, I'm new to the team and have been dealing with PF for 3+ years. Annoying and discouraging when I want to just go go go and I can't due to the pain in my feet. Hopefully on good days and bad days I can check in and see how everyone is doing. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 09:02:18 EST exercise with sore feet? Who is exercising with foot pain and what do you do? <BR> I've been walking/low impact aerobics with Leslie Sansone Dvd's but now am slowing down a bit since my feet starting bothering me about two weeks ago. I don't want to push it but find myself frustrated because I was doing so well on my minutes. Went fifteen tonight and then stopped. Feet a bit achy but don't want it to get worse...I am trying to be careful but I really want to walk!ARgh! <BR> Well, off to ice feet and wear my night s... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:36:06 EST Pain in ankle (achilles tendon) I'm just wondering if others have pain in or around their achilles tendon. The pain in my feet seems to have eased a lot, but now I'm having trouble with one ankle - gets worse on walks - and also a lot of swelling in both ankles. <BR> <BR> Just wondering if other people have this and if anyone has found any remedies that work? I've been icing my ankle and also have an ankle support; plus stretches and massaging a little..... <BR> <BR> Thanks for any input! <BR> <BR> Jayne Mon, 11 Jan 2010 18:50:15 EST Hello from Australia! Happy 2010! Hello everyone! I have only recently discovered that I have Plant Fasciitis, although I have been having problems with my feet and ankles for years! Until I went to a health and weight loss retreat in November, 2009, no-one had ever been able to say what the problem was! Whilst on the retreat, I saw an osteopath, and she quickly diagnosed it; plus the trainers on my retreat recognised what it was and so, for the first time, I learnt there were things I could be doing to help! <BR> <BR> The r... Wed, 6 Jan 2010 17:34:49 EST New to Team Old to PF Well,Howdy out there...I'm new to the team but not to PF. I aggravated my feet my doing with exercise and Wii Fit over Christmas (going barefoot for the Wii really did it I think). Argh. Not excruciating, but bothersome. <BR> <BR> So besides icing, night splinting and stretching and adjusting my minutes of aerobics to give my feet a rest...I enjoy reading, knitting, cooking and watching movies (all activities where I can put my feet up and I will)...trouble is with the feet up the fat stays... Tue, 5 Jan 2010 22:07:17 EST Another team newbie. Hi everyone! I'm new to this group, but not SP. I've been sparking for several years, but fell off the wagon big time last May. At the time I was walking 3-4 miles a day and going to Jazzercise 4 times a week. Then I hurt my neck. After months of PT, pain management therapy, etc. I was finally given permission to exercise again. That was in Oct. 2 weeks later I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. I've done the stretches, ice, orthotic boot, cortisone shots, and am now wearing a night splint... Thu, 31 Dec 2009 12:54:50 EST Hi! I am Vee, also a sufferer Hello, my name is Vee and I have had this condition since october 9. They told me at PT I would have it for probably 5 more months, and maybe get it over and over again. My PA filled in a form for a handicap tag for my car, it helps when you have a long distance to walk. <BR> <BR> I exericse every week but my favorite machine is the treadmill and I can't do that right now, anyone know of anything else I can do at this time? <BR> <BR> I live in the central part of SD and would rather have g... Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:47:58 EST Surgery is done! Well, after 5 years of pain, I bit the bullet and had the plantar fascia release...on both feet. November 16th, I had the right foot done and December 3rd, I got the left one done. My podiatrist wasn't thrilled with doing them so close together, but understood I was depressed because of the pain, and I needed the surgeries done before the end of the year due to my deductibles, and have limited amount of time (about 5 weeks) of sick and vacation time built up. So he did it, with the stipula... Sat, 26 Dec 2009 18:21:41 EST Good Golly Make it STOP! Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> Yep, I'm new here but PF is not new to me. I had it about 2 years ago, dropped 40 pounds and it silently went away...I didn't even notice it was gone! Until I put the 40 pounds back on and it is back with a vengence. I am determined not to let it effect my life but the truth is that it is! <BR> <BR> I am an activity director in a retirement home, running all day non stop. The pain is there throughout the day but it is managable. It's when i get home and sit down ... Tue, 22 Dec 2009 08:46:18 EST Which doc? Ok, so the heel irritation I'm thinking is PF has moved to painful. It's time to see a professional about this. <BR> <BR> My thought is to start with the podiatrist. In looking at the local hospital website the doctor profiles include specialties for "heel pain", "sports medicine" and "biomechanics". My initial thought is the one that specializes in heel pain would be better but is that too narrow of a specialty? Tue, 22 Dec 2009 01:24:10 EST New to the Team Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I've been having very mild heel pain and on occasion the bottom of my foot and my achiles tendon feel like the muscles have tightened. From what I've been reading is this is the beginning stages of PF. <BR> <BR> I am hoping I can nip this in the bud early. It looks like there is a lot of wisdom in these posts to help with avoiding the crippling pain many PF'ers have experienced. <BR> <BR> So far the first thing that I have to stop is walking around in bare feet.... Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:08:59 EST Recovering... and I will run again! Hey all! My name is Stacy and I am a new to Spark. I cannot believe this team is here! I am thrilled. <BR> <BR> I once weighed 280 pounds. I lost 103 of those pounds and maintained it for about a year through running. And then I developed PF. Hideous! Started in one foot only and when that seemed to be better I developed it in the second foot! So after nearly 2 years of babying my feet, stretching, custom orthotics, etc. I am finally "better." But in this process I have gained 70 po... Sun, 29 Nov 2009 20:18:23 EST Cortisone Shots?? I just got a cortisone shot yesterday for my PF - That REALLY hurt! I couldn't believe it hurt so much! <BR> Anyway, I felt good for about 2 hours, and then my foot started hurting REALLY bad last night - worse than ever. It's a little better this morning, but it seems worse since the shot! Is this normal, and will the pain get better? Sat, 21 Nov 2009 14:13:57 EST sad news for runners I was talking to a physical therapist today and he said based on the people he sees on a daily basis and the extent of their injuries, there are two things he will never do ........ ride a motorcycle or RUN. Crazy, huh! I am saddened by this because I am/was a runner until a couple months ago, with aspirations to complete a marathon in the next year. Running makes me happy, biking and swimming just aren't the same. Anyone else feel my pain ? Literally and emotionally :)? Mon, 9 Nov 2009 22:33:32 EST Recently Diagnosed, But Still Positive Hi, everyone! My name is Ty and I've been on SP for just over a month. A few days ago, I was officially diagnosed with PF after havign bouts of severe (like doubling over and seeing stars) foot pain that would persist at a lesser intensity during my workouts at the gym. <BR> <BR> Thursday was like the straw that broke the camel's back, though. Both my feet felt like they had broken and being the gung-ho person I am, I ignored it and kept working out. Yesterday, I could hardly walk, and our s... Sun, 8 Nov 2009 02:59:07 EST I know this sounds crazy......but Hey Everyone - Haven't been very involved, but shortly after joining this group I got sick and I'm just starting to feel better. Anyway, one of my goals was to run a 5K - yeah, I made that one before knowing that I had PF; is it still possible? Do any of you run? It's funny cause some days I can barely walk, but I want to run?? I'm hoping to find out from my doc - hae an appt coming up soon - what I can do to help myself. It's really kind of discouraging - join SP, start working on eating hea... Mon, 2 Nov 2009 15:20:08 EST Surgery is in my future Well, I tried the walking boot/immobilizer for a month (+ a few days) day and night, and have just as much pain now as before I wore the stupid thing. So after seeing a second podiatrist, I'm seeing a fasciotomy in my future (times 2). He mentioned shock therapy as a longshot, but since I have been fighting this for 5 years, and have tried everything else, he recommended surgery. Actually I asked him what he would tell his wife to do, and he laughed and said surgery. I guess it doesn't ma... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 22:12:57 EST Newbie and just starting treatment Hi everyone, <BR> I just saw an orthopedic doctor last week for my terrible heel pain. He said it was PF. I haven't been able to walk, I use a cane first thing in the morning to get to the bathroom, also later at night after sitting and watching tv for awhile. I did get a handicap placard awhile back because I just couldn't get to my car after shopping all day. I even had to quit work, my job was retail. I am still not sure my entire issue is PT but will do what doctor wants and go from there... Sun, 1 Nov 2009 21:09:56 EST Can't believe I found this team!! Hello Everyone - <BR> I'm newer to SP and started off great....until my heel started hurting and I found out I have PF :( I have been feeling really defeated lately and having LOTS of pain. It's really only one foot and it came on after I started a walking program. I'm such a wuss and don't like putting ice packs on my heel like my hubby says I should. I saw the juice can thing and think that is something I could try, but what is the golf ball thing? I think it's great that there is a team ... Sat, 24 Oct 2009 23:11:27 EST Thanks for this site!! Hi I'm new at Spark people and I truly enjoy the web site. It is easy to use but mostly I am thankful for this team because I do not feel as alone in this PF fight! I have been to all the Drs & they have said do exercises, wear a boot, stay off your feet, & ice it. <BR> I am wondering if anyone has a heel bone spur related to PF? If so did you have it removed? <BR> <BR> Glad I found you all! Louise Mon, 19 Oct 2009 14:25:03 EST Ten Years Later: It's BAAAAACK!!!! Hi, everybody! I should have known you'd all be here. Leave it to SparkPeople to have team for every single one of my maladies and obsessions. <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> My latest malady? A recurrence of plantar fasciitis - ten years after having resolved the first 18-month long bout. <BR> <BR> Oy. <BR> <BR> My story is classic: overweight with extremely high arches. <BR> <BR> Ten years ago, I "cured" the PF monster with OTC anti-inflammatories, ice packs, Birkenstock sandals and daily ... Sat, 17 Oct 2009 11:08:36 EST A stretch to do before getting up When you go to bed put a stretchy band (rubbery strip-about 5 feet long), or a sheet, or something else that will reach, by your bed so you can reach it when you wake up. <BR> <BR> Sit up in bed, with your legs straight out in front of you. Put the band or sheet around the soles of your feet, and hold the ends in your hands. Pull back enough to feel a stretch in your feet, not too much. <BR> <BR> A physical therapist told me about this. I don't remember how long to stretch, though. <BR> ... Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:43:10 EST great info on this team Sorry that we all have to deal with this problem. Lots of great info on here, thanks all for sharing. <BR> My story is similiar to alot on here, I was training for 1/2 marathon and slowly started having pain in my heels. Successfully ran a 10 miler late August and ever since then have developed a very painful case of PF. Sad to report my 1/2 marathon was last weekend and I was unable to run in it. <BR> <BR> I have been to the podiatrist a... Mon, 12 Oct 2009 13:21:21 EST so glad I found this team I have been on SP for almost 2 months but just took the time today to look at some of the new teams. I have had PF for several years and it flares up occasionally. I really love SAS shoes but cannot afford them. The ones I have now are 1 1/2 years old and I am starting to have pain again. The weight loss is helping and I am looking to trying the ideas I have seen that members have posted. I am looking forward to hearing any new ideas and visiting with others who are having the same experience... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 15:06:17 EST Rotational Hamstring Stretch Scroll to the bottom in this link for this stretch--I just found it, so can't say anything about results, but reading it I can see the connection. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Fri, 9 Oct 2009 10:01:46 EST New to team AND Plantar Fasciitis... I just wanted to say hi, and say that I'm grateful to see that this team is looks like I'm starting a new chapter in my life... About 2 months ago, I tried to run... BIG MISTAKE Ever since that day, I've been limping around in pain. My doctor says I have plantar fasciitis, he gave me some ibuprofen, stretches and instructions for icing... but not really any hope. It's been a month since, and I've had to resort to crutches. My fear is that I'll wind up with it in both feet. Right ... Thu, 8 Oct 2009 17:51:36 EST Hi, my name is Cari Hi, <BR> Im Cari and am working on losing weight. I have dealt with plantar fasciitis for a few years, it just has gotten worse since I started working retail a year ago. I worked retail years ago, but it wasnt an issue then. <BR> <BR> It has gotten pretty bad, I have gotten cortisone shots in both feet and they have helped to a degree. But I know I cant continue to get shots forever, so weight loss is something I can do. <BR> <BR> Cari Tue, 6 Oct 2009 17:33:26 EST I can barely walk! I have been suffering now for over 5 years. The shots worked really well the first time, gave me relief for 1 1/2 years or so, but I am in so much pain these days I can barely walk. I am seriously thinking about getting FMLA for this. Has anyone ever heard of that? I don't know what my podiatrist would say about filling out the paperwork for it, but I hurt all day every day. My feet ache and throb when I am not walking on them. I ice and roll with a golf ball (at home and in the car) S... Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:05:55 EST Hi everyone! I'm Nicole Hi everyone, <BR> My name is Nicole. I am turning 30 next month and I have had PF for almost a year. <BR> <BR> I started having symptoms while training for my black belt. I have good and bad days.. I am finally losing weight after a struggle with an undiagnosed thyroid problem. I am hoping that it will help the PF. Anyone else in martial arts? I would love to hear your experience with PF.. <BR> <BR> Great to be here! <em>30</em> Sun, 20 Sep 2009 00:41:38 EST Hello's Hi, well today I had a horrible doctor appointment (my doctor walked out on me during the exam and wouldn't speak to me.... let's just say I am finding a new more stable doctor.) But apparently I have PF and after an xray it showed I also have a spur. She told me the spur is not the cause of the pain but from what I am reading online everything says that spurs can and do hurt. The injury started while I was doing the Couch to 5K. I did not injure myself but one day while walking I just felt l... Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:17:09 EST Progress, a summary Since I posted in other threads about all the remedies I've bought, I'll finish the story - at least I think it's under control now. I can do limited walking now. If it doesn't go away in a few months, I'll go to a doctor. It's my third bout with it in 25 years, and I'm doing well with the things I've bought. <BR> <BR> This is not an ad -- that should be clear from all the posts I've done, about so many different things. I bought them all and posted them. The latest is HTP heel seats, t... Sat, 22 Aug 2009 11:04:18 EST a new angle on treatment My Dr told me a local shoe store to go to that specializes in sport injury and foot problems. When I told them I suffer from plantar facitis, the lady picked up this strange looking stick and kind of shook it at me and said this is your answer. i said what? Beat me with an ugly stick? <BR> <BR> Actually this thing is called "The Stick" is used to roll down the muscels in the calf and back of the thigh. It can be used in many ways, but it helps streach the muscle and increase blood flow... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 17:46:15 EST Ut Oh! I played humpty dumpty Yeah, I took a big fall. all 230 lbs of me splattered out on cement. My knee took the worst of it. My right kneee. its my right foot with the PF. My whole leg has been in so much pain from swelling I couldnt tell if it was my foot or knee. Its been over a week and the knee pain is almost gone but ooooohhhh my foot! I dont know why it decided to hurt so bad. It wasnt hurt in the fall. Although I suspect since I walk so differently, I just didnt raise my toe enough and triped myself. ... Sun, 16 Aug 2009 17:34:16 EST Golf Ball Rolling Question HI all! Ok silly question alert-with the golf ball rolling therapy-do you roll the whole pad or just the heel? Do you focus where it's the most tender? And even if it hurts (more like a bruisy, feels kinda good but kinda owie especially my heels but also the instep)? And for how long? I tend to overdo and I wouldn't want to hurt anything if that's even possible?Thanks everyone for any feedback. Thu, 13 Aug 2009 21:59:31 EST New here... It's amazing that the pain I have dealt with on & off for 20 years actually has a name!!!! Yeah!!!! At least I know that I'm not crazy. <BR> <BR> Has anyone here tried Z-Coil shoes for relief?? I have been wanting to get some due to the beginning of Osteo in my right knee, but can't find a way to pull out the money in such a big chunk from the budget. <BR> <BR> Any thoughts would be great. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Tecia (teesha) Fri, 7 Aug 2009 13:14:07 EST Walmart slippers I'm still wearing sneakers all the time with insoles and heel pads, but planning ahead, I had browsed sandals and slippers with arch supports online. They do exist, for a price $$$. <BR> <BR> Walmart has some cloth slippers with a good sole that look like Mary Janes, but the heel is cut 1/2 way down, so they slip on, but still will hold an insole or arch support. <BR> <BR> The toe is foot-shaped. I am thrilled with these, and love a bargain. Wanted to share this--I hope it gets read befo... Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:18:36 EST surprise relief I've been coping with the help of 2 kinds of supports, heel cups, calf and arch stretches, and the golf ball. <BR> <BR> The surprise is an inexpensive pair of gel insoles from my closet--I never used them because the type of support they have felt terrible when I bought them--farther back than an arch support. <BR> <BR> I replaced my sneaker insole with them, and it's perfect! They are Spenco gel insoles, I got at Academy (sporting goods). <BR> <BR> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:06:02 EST aircast question A couple of posts mention an aircast. Is that the aircast AIR HEEL support? I found them and ordered them, even though 2 reviewers said they deflated, they also called them a miracle cure. I weigh 30 lbs. less than the reviewer who told his weight, so had to try the miracle cure. <BR> <BR> It was true. They worked. Then, they deflated after one day. <BR> <BR> They are warranteed against defects, and there is no weight limit specification. I will try returning them for a replacement.... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 19:16:10 EST Getting back on my feet after a year of PF Hi everyone, I just returned to SP after more than a year. I lost about 20-25lbs 18 months ago, came extremely close to reaching my goal weight, and then PF knocked me off track. I was in extreme pain most days for the better part of a year. <BR> <BR> Ironically, I've found relief by NOT using arch support. I wear athletic shoes almost all the time (even to work) and it wasn't helping, so I figured why not try the opposite? Wearing supports and stretching just seemed to inflame my heel... Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:53:55 EST Does anyone tape their foot? I have read somewhere on the internet that people can tape their foot to get relief but I don't know the technique. Does anyone here do that and how? <BR> thanks <BR> liz Wed, 22 Jul 2009 11:00:25 EST Traveling PF A couple of years back I went and lost about 65 lbs, then I developed PF in my left foot. That halted the weight loss progress and After about 18months of constant pain. PT, boot at night, stretching, orthotics,etc it just went away by itself. <BR> <BR> Now I've had it in my right foot for almost a year and I've done everything imaginable except shots and surgery. Despit the pain I decided to start walking treadmill again, but today I just couldn't do it. I only made a 35 min. walk today an... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:11:07 EST I think I'm cured! :) Just wanted to fill ya'll in on what I did. <BR> Found out I had PF in October 08 <BR> Went to podiatrist, got 1 shot cortisone & crappy orthotics that didn't fit my wide feet. <BR> Got another shot of cortisone a month later & better orthotics that hurt my feet. <BR> Did minor stretching & icing in between. <BR> A month later got yet another shot and got put in an air cast which I wore for a week. <BR> A month after that, got referred to ortho surgeon, got physical rehab, stretches, icing, ... Tue, 21 Jul 2009 12:23:07 EST im so happy I found you Hello from Oklahoma. My husband has suffered with this PF for over a year. And for some reason now I am right here with him. I dont think it is contagions and I dont know what started this with me. A few years back i had a car wreck and my foot was awfully painful. I saw several doctors about it and they all agreed it was PF. but my attorney sent me to his Peditirist. This guy disagreed. What i really had was my big toe was locked. he unlocked it and I had immediate relief. <BR> <... Tue, 14 Jul 2009 21:59:53 EST new and excited I found this team! so happy to see this team is here. Got diagnosed about a year ago and I still struggle periodically especially if I walk without my inserts and/or I don't stretch. So I'm excited to learn & to pass on what I have learned too. Sun, 12 Jul 2009 20:50:41 EST Sugar and PF I am fairly new to this team and since I have joined I have not really seen any topics about diet and how it may affect PF. <BR> <BR> Somewhere in my ramblings on the internet (this was before I joined this team) I saw an article about how sugar affects PF. If I remember correctly sugar causes inflammation which causes more pressure and pain in our feet. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else heard anything about this? If so have you noticed any changes when you change your diet? <BR> <BR> It is my bir... Sat, 11 Jul 2009 21:41:55 EST I am new Hi Everyone my name is Pam. I have been SUFFERING with PF for about 7 weeks, this time around. I am looking for any suggestions. I went to the doc last week. He put me on Dicolofenac and told me to ice the foot. This is not taking care of the problem. I could use some new insight. What has worked and not worked? Mon, 6 Jul 2009 12:33:08 EST Morton's toe and trigger points I have been reading about Morton's toe, Taylor Bunions, PF and Gout. These are tied together in a couple of books I found. <BR> <BR> The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Claire Davies and Why You Really Hurt by Burton Schuler. <BR> <BR> Has anyone read these books and if so used the techniques? If the claims are true it certainly explains allot of my foot history. <BR> <BR> And yes - I have Morton's toe - my second toe is longer than my big toe. Fri, 26 Jun 2009 00:10:04 EST Hi I am new here I have had PF for many years, off and on. It was diagnosed back around 1995 or so. Did the usual stuff, walking on my "toes" and wearing sneakers only, and I would rub my heel and foot on anything I could find (like when you mess with a aching tooth - just can't seem to leave it alone). The last time this bothered me my doctor suggested wearing heels. Not big heels, little heels.....and it seemed to work. Not sure why. I am pain free at the moment, but with my track record I am apt not to be ... Wed, 24 Jun 2009 12:47:12 EST Limpy McGhee, new to the team Hi all. <BR> My name is Kate. I have been dealing with chronic PF since I was about 13. Its congenital in my family, my mother and grandmother have both had horrible problems with their feet as well. I just got my 3rd set of orthodics and they are helping a big. I am really trying not to let this slow me down too much. So glad to be part of the team! Talk to you all soon! Mon, 8 Jun 2009 11:11:25 EST Surgery went well! I'm happy to report that my surgery on Friday went well and, according to my doctor, was defintely necessary. The plantar fascia had become so thick (4mm as opposed to a normal 1 - 2 mm) that when he cut it, it made a popping sound that heard across the room. Now I have some discomfort at the incision site but the pain in my heel IS GONE!! I have to keep off it as much as possible with ice and elevation, and the antibiotics are making me a bit queasy but so far I am quite pleased. I have to... Sun, 7 Jun 2009 05:40:08 EST Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Hello! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering if anyone knows anything about this (in layman's terms) and if it has anything to do with PF. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Nat Fri, 5 Jun 2009 19:50:32 EST Instant relief--my experience, please read Hi all....I'm new here. <BR> I just wanted to come on and mention a super helpful tool that my new doctor mentioned. Her daughter is a runner and had PF, and she gave me this advice which HAS WORKED TREMENDOUSLY!!! <BR> Before I tell you, I must mention...I've tried everything shy of cort shots (which my old doctor was pushing)...I developed this while preggers with my dd (now 3)...I tried apple cider vinegar cloths, padding, stretching, extra calcium, lower calcium...I got to a point of only... Thu, 4 Jun 2009 21:44:51 EST Has anyone had the Shockwave Therapy done??? <BR> <BR> I have had PF in my left foot for a year and a half now. I have run the gamut on solutions from orthotics,shots,splints etc. I DO NOT want to have surgery. I am looking into the EWST and would love to hear some honest feedback? I have to drive an hour and 1/2 to get it done because not everyone does it. Mon, 1 Jun 2009 07:49:13 EST Finally Healing and I want to share Great news after 13 months and one foot surgery, both my feet are feeling great and I wanted to share what I have been doing. Two years ago for Christmas I got one of these Shiatoso? neck message that have 3 little balls that seem to roll around in a circle to message your neck. Every night I have been putting my feet on these and letting them go at my feet. I have to say it hurts like physical therapy but it is easy to do at night while watching TV and it really seems to be working. After... Sun, 31 May 2009 17:25:44 EST Surgery Scheduled for Friday After trying everything to relieve my PF. doctor and I agree it's time to have the surgery. I hope the pain of recovery isn't as debilitating as the PF itself - although the nurse mentioned that foot surgery is one of the most painful to go through. I am not looking forward to that part at all. But the doctor did say he has seen so much success with his patients after the procedure that I am willing to go through with it so I can walk normally again. Sun, 31 May 2009 14:12:37 EST Please Help! Does this sound like PF? In February I was diagnosed with PF and Gout. Podiatrist said go to family doc , get the gout under control and then come back for the PF. I have been doing exercise, ice bottle, golf ball, new shoes, losing weight etc. <BR> <BR> Saturday night I started down a step and my ankle felt really weak like I had twisted it and it hurt a little. Same thing Sunday morning. Laid down at noon to let it rest and try some ice and within an hour I was into a full blown flare - searing pain in the ... Tue, 26 May 2009 22:15:31 EST 2nd foot going Years ago, over 10 now, I had heel spurs in my right foot. I went through many doctors, cortisone injections, electronic stimulation, special supports for my shoes and on and on.....finally I had surgery on my foot. The surgery was so simple, barely even left a scar..the problem was gone, gone, gone. I was so relieved. Now after all these years I've developed almost the same problem in my left foot. I no longer live anywhere near that surgeon...don't even know if he's in business Tue, 26 May 2009 09:38:52 EST I got shots again! Yesterday I went to the podiatrist and got my third set of steroid injections. Definitely not the most comfortable things! We discussed further options if this latest set doesn't do the trick. This time I have the custom orthotics, so he is hopeful that this will last me a long while. He thinks it is definitely possible that I may have tarsal tunnel and gave me samples of Lyrica to try. Has anyone here tried this? It is prescribed for diabetic nerve pain and fibromyalgia, and may help w... Thu, 21 May 2009 20:56:42 EST My experience with walkfit insoles I read in the sparkpeople cafe about someone using the walkfit insoles and at $20, I thought what the heck. If they don't work, it is better than spending hundreds on orthopedic ones. I've tried stretching/massage and the nighttime boots and they just don't work at all for me. Luckily, I have never had serious PF that lingers all day every day. It has just been a slight pain in the morning and when I exercise. <BR> <BR> I got them last Thursday and tried them on Friday for the 1 hour tha... Thu, 7 May 2009 11:23:29 EST What kind of shoes?? I have custom orthotics and my pod. told me to remove the insoles of my shoes and just wear the orthotics. So, my question is does it really make a difference what kind of shoes to wear? I always wear my Saucony's or Crocs at work (with the orthotics) and usu wear the tennies on my day off. I have one pair of sandals with good arch support and also slippers with arch supports. But I want some new shoes and wonder what kind everyone buys. The choices in this town are non-existent, so I wi... Thu, 7 May 2009 10:46:39 EST PF and/or gout Does anyone else have both? I have been diagnosed for years with PF but was only given one exercise to try. In the last 6 months both the Ortho and the Pod said PF and finally changed the most recent flare to Gout after blood work. Reading this forum the pain - excruciating for both - is relatively common. <BR> <BR> What I can't figure out without spending another $150 to go back to the doc is this - aside from the angry red joints of Gout, how do I know if a severe pain is gout or PF. ... Tue, 5 May 2009 23:34:33 EST Hi! I'm new here Hi! I was searching through the teams and found this one. Wow, do I ever belong here. I've had PF since I was a teen, but didn't get diagnosed until after my second child was born 11 years ago (I guess no one believed me when i said mt feet hurt.) I've been through the regular routine, feet wrapped, shots,massage, physical therapy and orthotics and I feel so much better. Now whenever my feet start to hurt, I know its time to go buy new shoes! That almost always fixes the problem. Of course... Tue, 5 May 2009 17:58:55 EST New from NC Hi everyone! I was introduced recently to SP from an online friend and glad to have found you all. I have been a PF sufferer for over 4 years! I dealt with it for a year (just after my daughter was born in 2004) before I went to a podiatrist. He gave me injections and I was pain free for 2 years. Then when I was pregnant with my son (now 2) the pain came back. Steroids that time gave me relief for about a month. In fact the left foot was so inflamed, he gave me oral steroids too. I am... Tue, 5 May 2009 11:55:22 EST A good article I found, Hope this can help us I found this article: <BR> <BR><BR>spurs.htm <BR> <BR> I think I'll try a few of these. If anyone else does, let us know if it helps. <BR> <BR> Gayle <em>41</em> Sat, 2 May 2009 20:21:56 EST Custom Orthotics the possible Surgery So - my MRI showed nothing more than PF - (doctor wanted to rule out any other causes for my pain as it seems to travel)- and you could see where the plantar fascia was actually thickened and also the inflammation areas. Since I have not responded to all the usual methods for pain relief, he recommended custom orthotics and also surgery...I'll get the orthotics first and if they help significantly on their own, I can cancel the surgery. <BR> Has anyone had relief with custom orthotics? I'm h... Fri, 1 May 2009 05:06:55 EST Got a cast.. :P - need to work out :( Hello! <BR> <BR> I recently got a brand new shiny blue cast on my whole entire leg for my PF. I am less than thrilled to put it nicely. Can anyone recommend any exercises I can do in the meantime? I get this bugger off in one month. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Nat <BR> Thu, 30 Apr 2009 13:56:43 EST night splint Hello! <BR> <BR> I was just wondering what everyone used for night splints - i need to get one and don't know if I should go for the CVS kind or get a better one - or if they're all the same! <BR> <BR> thanks! Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:30:10 EST graston technique? Hi! <BR> <BR> Just wanted to know if anyone has gotten the Graston technique done on their PF. it's done by a chiropractor for those who are unfamiliar with this. Fri, 24 Apr 2009 15:28:56 EST Limping to the finish Hi all, <BR> My name is Jess and I am from Michigan. I found the team as I was poking around being nosy and seeing what was on the site. I have not been officially diagnosed with PF, but according to the doctors in the ER where I work, they say with the symptoms that I have, it is a 95% possibility that it is what I have. <BR> I work from 7pm to 7am in the Emergency Room at a local hospital doing admitting and case management. I also have a wonderful boyfriend, a 5 year old little girl, and ... Tue, 21 Apr 2009 09:44:16 EST My plantar fasciitis doesn't make sense Hi! I just found this team, and it's so relieving to find so many people in one place who will have some insight in what I'm dealing with. <BR> <BR> My plantar fasciitis seems weird. I sort of wonder if I've been misdiagnosed (by 4 different doctors), because my symptoms are somewhat different from the typical. <BR> <BR> FYI: apparently I have partially collapsible high arches. I've been dealing with this for almost 3 years and the last 2 doctors have called me "chronic." It's in both m... Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:27:45 EST Plantar Fasciitis is healing! Hi everyone! I'm leaving this post to encourage ones that may feel their plantar fasciitis may never heal. Well this is my second time healing. This time was much quicker because I learned from the first time around what NOT to do and TO DO what I know works. Here's what I did: <BR> 1) wore the split every night <BR> 2) iced blocks on both feet 2-3 times a day for about 20 minutes <BR> 3) never ever walk about without shoes on!!! I like clogs,especially when you first get up in the morning,... Tue, 14 Apr 2009 10:38:51 EST Good PF Update After 9 Physical Therapy session along with losing 10 pounds. My PF feels 50% better. I do a self foot massage at night and that basic standing calf stretch in the mornings. My feet don't hurt like they used to in the mornings. But some type of tension is still there. Before being diagnosed, I did gain an excessive amount of weight although I was still exercising (Stress). I really hurt foot trying to do lunges and jump squats while weighing well over 200. I truly think things are getting bet... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 17:52:36 EST Massage Therapy Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> At my last PT appointment, a different therapist remarked that my calf muscles were so tight they were not allowing me to fully stretch the plantar fascia. She suggested I have a professional massage. I did, and it was a "good hurt" that I felt with all the probing and stroking. The therapist reached areas deep in the tissue that didn't feel any of the stretches I've been doing. I am happy to report that the next day was significantly easier to walk - my calf felt... Tue, 7 Apr 2009 05:19:43 EST Question for everyone This might sound like a silly question, but...How do you know if you have PF? A friend of mine told me that it sounds like I have it after I was complaining to her about some pain I've been having. About 2 weeks ago, after a reallllly long walk it felt like I had a deep bruise on the inside of my left heel. It hasn't gone away. The pain is worst if I work out, then sit down, then try to stand up again a few minutes later. A woman at work has PF and is currently in a cast and going for su... Sun, 5 Apr 2009 07:45:22 EST Anyone had surgery for PF/bone spur? Not only do I have plantar fasciitis, but now there is a bone spur on the back edge of me heel as well! I am trying to avoid surgery if possible but my PF is killing me despite orthotics, night splint, walking boot, ice, stretching, cortisone shots...Has anyone had surgery for this? How awful as it? What was the recuperation time, and did it help? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 3 Apr 2009 05:04:35 EST Hi I'm new here. I just found this site. I have Plantar Fascitis and heel spurs. I got a shot in Jan. It helped but I still get pain once in a while. I hope I can learn more from this site. <BR> Mary Jane Sat, 28 Mar 2009 10:35:52 EST Would seeing a Chiropractor help PF? Hello - I have been battling PF for 6 months and have yet to find relief. I was wondering if anyone has seen a chiropractor & what has come out of it. <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Nat Fri, 27 Mar 2009 08:47:59 EST Cortisone & dry needling Hi! <BR> <BR> I have been hit 3 times with cortisone shots & they only worked temporarily. I have since read up on how bad cortisone can be & don't want any more. Any suggestions? <BR> Also, has anyone had or heard of "dry needling"? here's an article from sparkpeople that describes it <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=621740 </link> Thu, 26 Mar 2009 14:16:23 EST Plantar Fasciitis again Hi, I'm very familiar with Plantar Fasciitis. I've had it two times and going thru it now. It takes alot of care. I've learned over and over that to take it easy thru the healing process. Just don't rush back into whatever you was doing to injury it. Ease back into activity. The reason I have Plantar Fasciitis again wasnt this time because I didnt let it heal up before starting walking again. This time was from doing a workout with my son that required jumping up in the air like your pl... Thu, 5 Mar 2009 17:54:13 EST Just Got Diagnosed with PF I've had the pain for about four months. It hurts in the morning and after sitting for long periods of time. I went 2 the Sports Med Clinic. The doc said to do ice after exercise, stand on this incline board for 5 mins 8 times daily, take ibuprofen, do calf stretches, but these expensive (but ugly) new Balance shoes, and do physical therapy 3 times a week for 3 weeks (Phonopheresis) I'd like to know if anyone else has tried these methods and if you are continuing to exercise. I just started ... Thu, 26 Feb 2009 17:21:25 EST Cardio Help, please! - longish rant, sorry So after a few rounds of physical therapy and wearing OTC orthotics, I start feeling pretty good and decide I can handle a beginner Walk Away the Pounds video - 1 mile, barely broke a sweat but felt good to finally move! Feet felt fine...until about two hours later when I was in agony! It is beyond frustrating when your doctor wants you to lose weight but you can't even walk for exercise. I have an eliptical machine gathering dust in the basement but can only manage about two minutes before ... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 06:44:52 EST Found something new to try... I was browsing at Walmart today and they had these arch supports by dr scholls on the clearance rack for $10. Its the kind that has different inserts you can snap into the bottom so you can choose from low medium and high support. They felt really squishy through the box on the heel part and my heels have absolutely been killing me--so I got them. I put them in when I got home with the highest support in them and voila! My feet feel better then they have in MONTHS...both of them! I cannot be... Tue, 17 Feb 2009 22:38:21 EST Hi I am new and my foot is killing me! Hi guys I think I have a heel spur or planar fasciitis in my right foot. I work in a deli and between being overweight, working in a deli and working out I feel like my foot is going to give up on me and run away lol. All jokes aside my foot heel is really hurting especially after I work and then sit down on break, when I go to get back up I can barely walk. Any advice would be much appreciated. Mon, 16 Feb 2009 20:06:00 EST Some of the things that have helped me (longish) My condition is better (manageable) but not fully gone, and I've been planning to share things that helped. None of them are extreme. <BR> <BR> ** Arch support/orthotics. "Superfeet" helps many people, though the rigid sole may cause impact pain elsewhere in the foot. Custom orthotics were my lifesaver (shaped but not rigid), and I use them virtually all the time. I ADD arch support via Dr. Scholls' inserts into my gym shoes, gardening clogs, snow boots, etc. Any flat shoe needs modifying. <... Mon, 16 Feb 2009 13:59:01 EST So glad someone will understand! Hello everyone! I'm so glad to have found a team that will understand the pain I am going through! It started with a heel spur last April and now there is PF in both feet, so bad sometimes I can barely move. Going to my podiatrist on Tuesday as my night splint seems to be making the pain worse in my right foot. <BR> <BR> I need to get rid of the excess weight, I'm sure that would help, at least take pressure off my ankles as well as my heels. Not being able to move and being depressed about... Sun, 25 Jan 2009 08:13:53 EST Limping in NY This is the first message board that I have ever responded to. But when I stumbled upon it, I thought I have tried everything else so why not talk to some other people that are going through the same thing. My podiatrist has suggested surgery, which I am terrified of only due to the fact that it is not a guarantee and the risks involved. I have had this for a year now and are using orthotics, had 3 corizone shots, physical therapy, anti-immflamatory daily and a night splint. Is there anyt... Wed, 21 Jan 2009 08:44:11 EST Hey! I live in Ohio and have two very active teenage daughters. I am an engineering student right now. I have a case of PF in my right foot. I also have bunions in both feet. I'm trying to lose weight but since my favorite exercise was running it's been tough. It's way too cold and snowy for cycling and I have no equipment in the house. Don't have space for any. Mon, 19 Jan 2009 00:10:02 EST Hello from Sacramento I joined SparkPeople a few days ago on the recommendation of an online friend. I mainly joined for the food-diary, but it's a nice surprise to find other people with some of the same fitness issues I have! <BR> I'm mainly a cyclist, who for years had a great pattern of 3-4 days/week cycling and 1-2 days/week running. Those were the days... *sigh* I was fit, my exercise levels were moderate-high (just 5 days a week), my weight was under control for years. <BR> Then I had 2 children, and didn... Sun, 18 Jan 2009 14:23:01 EST Waves to everyone as I limp on in.... HELLO!! This is the group for me, I've been dealing with Plantar Fasciitis for almost 2 yrs now!! It got a lot better last year after I lost 40 pounds then I gained half that back and it got a million times worse. I had injections done in August of 2008, by Nov. 2008 the weight was back on and the pain was a million times worse then it was before. To top it off we moved the end of Nov. 2008 and now I'm on the waiting list for the nearest doc on my list I have an appt for Feb. but they will ca... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:27:27 EST treatment for relief of PF Just wanted to pass this along...Went to Physical Therapist today for my son- knee injury and I ask the therapist about treatment for PF. he recommended stretches 3 times a day - holding for 30 secs each exercise. Also wearing night splint- even if you take it off during the night like I do! (can't stand it) and the last thing he said that I haven't heard that I wanted to really pass on was to take a golf ball and put pressure on your heel where your pain is and massage and press as hard as y... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 12:31:07 EST Hello I was here once before and now I'm back. I had stopped exercising and the Plantar Fasciitis wasn't bothering me as much for a while, so I left the team. Now that I've started exercising again, it's back. I've GOT to get this weight off and I guess I just have to deal with the pain in the meantime. I'm hoping it goes away again after I lose weight, but I don't hold much hope for that since I've had this pain for so many years now (jobs that require a LOT of standing/walking and hardly any ... Sat, 10 Jan 2009 09:20:47 EST Hi All Just wanted to pop in and say Hi. My name's Laura and I have a mild case of PF. I had peroneal tendon surgery in October and the PF has reduced since then as well. <BR> I find that the best thing for me is a frozen softdrink to water bottle and then rubbing my foot HARD over it, it keeps the swelling down as well as stretching the arch and heel. This was suggested to me by my surgeon and my sports dr...and for a 'free' treatment it does wonders! <BR> <BR> Good luck to everyone! Thu, 8 Jan 2009 04:55:15 EST How Many Spark Points Did You Get Today? 5 points Wed, 7 Jan 2009 03:28:58 EST Crocs RX Relief Question Has anyone tried the Crocs RX Relief shoes? I'm thinking about trying a pair but wonder if they really are effective. <BR> <BR> Thanks <BR> Michelle Sun, 4 Jan 2009 12:50:39 EST Cortisone shots- how long does it hurt? So I caved today and got the cortisone injection in my right heel. It hurt like crazy! I thought I would jump off the table and it was all I could do to keep from screaming- to which the dr said he got the right spot then. Well the "numbing" stuff he put in along with it has worn off and my foot hurts now more then it did when I went in. Is this normal? How long til I experience this relief I was promised? Fri, 2 Jan 2009 18:42:37 EST todays featured health article relates to us this is a link to today's featured Sparkpeople health article, talking about how increased exercise (especailly after new years resoltions), makes this time of year the most common for foot problems. <BR> <BR> While most of what this article is pretty basic for most of us, the reminder is always good, and the link included in the article may be worth taking a look at! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=622407 </link> Sun, 28 Dec 2008 12:36:11 EST Another Indiana newbie... I've gotten more info from this team discussion than I've had in many months of treatment. I'm looking forward to the hope I've seen in others posts. With luck, I'll be headed towards a more pain free future. Sat, 27 Dec 2008 23:16:19 EST Another way to relieve the pain... I have been dealing with PF for the past 10 years! The past three I have not been able to get out and walk. In November of '06 my Dr. sent me to a physical therapist who had worked with someone who had found an effective treatment for PF. <BR> <BR> So, we tried it! I was the therapist's guinea pig, so to speak. It involved using a little electro-stimulation and then Duct Tape "The Handyman's Friend"! <BR> <BR> Duct tape you ask! Yes! <BR> <BR> It involved completely taping the sole of th... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 20:07:54 EST Another way to relieve the pain... I have been dealing with PF for the past 10 years! The past three I have not been able to get out and walk. In November of '06 my Dr. sent me to a physical therapist who had worked with someone who had found an effective treatment for PF. <BR> <BR> So, we tried it! I was the therapist's guinea pig, so to speak. It involved using a little electro-stimulation and then Duct Tape "The Handyman's Friend"! <BR> <BR> Duct tape you ask! Yes! <BR> <BR> It involved completely taping the sole of th... Mon, 22 Dec 2008 19:01:06 EST Limping along in Indiana Hello fellow PF sufferers. I just stumbled across this group and thought wow other people just like me that can barely walk in the morning-- so I had to join. I had PF a long time ago and went to physical therapy and had orthotics made and it went away for years. Now its back with a vengence. Been hurting since February, finally went to the dr in October and got orthotics and he wanted to put me in a cast for 6 weeks. I told him no...not an option. I want to be able to still exercise. ... Sat, 20 Dec 2008 19:50:31 EST Let's Get More Involved! I challenge all of us to start going to members Spark Pages and post a comment, post to a blog or leave a Spark Goodie. Let's get team members involved and be more active. Let's get team members to log their fitness minutes and get things moving on our Team Digest! <BR> <BR> We can start simple by going to two members pages a week. Doesn't that sound easy enough? <BR> <BR> So who's with me? Tue, 16 Dec 2008 16:52:34 EST Question about using orthodics I got my orthodics a couple months ago and absolutely hate them. The dr told me to take the sneaker insole out to fit the orthodics in. But then I'm in so much pain after wearing them, I almost gave up. Someone I met recently mentioned that she puts her insole *over* the orthodics. I tried it this morning and was able to do 10 minutes on the elliptical trainer without pain. I will probably have to get larger sized shoes to do this, but is this the way I'm *supposed* to wear them? Mon, 15 Dec 2008 14:42:31 EST Strange "cure" for Plantar Fasciitis I had pain gradually worsening for several months. One day I walked 2-3 miles to work (November 17, 2005 I'll never forget) and I couldn't walk by the end of that day. That was the start of my year of agony. It hurt SO MUCH, both feet! I started Physical Therapy, had shots in my feet twice and tried all kinds of shoes and inserts, stretches, icing, etc. I couldn't find relief. <BR> <BR> Then, almost a year later, I came down with Pneumonia. I had a fever with it for about a week. D... Sat, 13 Dec 2008 19:29:06 EST New from Ohio Hi, my name is Vanessa and I've been with SparkPeople since July 2008. I joined this team because I have plantar fasciitis and had it for a couple of years. I still have a lot of pain with it and I have it in both feet. I look forward to working with everyone. Sat, 29 Nov 2008 23:12:01 EST orthodics I got some inserts that were supposed to be really good from the mall-but all they did was make my feet feel worse-I can cope with the pain through excercise and stretching- but would a prescribed orthotics help much I had a pair when I was in the Millitary where I got this foot problem and I never got comfortable with them either. I did loose foot pain for a yr. or so once and then it came back but I haven't tried it again so I don't know if it's what really helped but I'll retry the experim... Wed, 12 Nov 2008 11:46:41 EST Newbie here! Just diagnosed today with PF in my left foot. My insurance doesn't cover orthotics ( retired USAF spouse!) so I looks like I will go the OTC route. I was told to buy hard arch supports and found some relief with my Adidas slides. I was hoping I could get some information on what to expect $$ wise and maybe a few good online sources. My Doc also said I need to lose 15 pounds so I need to get moving! <BR> <BR> Thanks for any info..... Lisa Mon, 10 Nov 2008 18:21:45 EST Hi I'm New Hi, my name is Minnie and I suffer from Plantar Fasciitis in my left foot. Woo! I get up in the mornings hopping on one foot. Terrible pain, sometimes I just want to cry. <em>46</em> I got a night brace about 3 weeks ago it has helped, but so uncomfortable...At least I can walk with both feet in the mornings now. Sun, 9 Nov 2008 21:38:32 EST Answer to my prayers!!!! hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I am a stay at home mom. I am currently suffering. I have been on a walking/jogging plan for a while and lost weight. I started out at 208 and got down to 173. this summer I was walking 4 miles 4 times a day. One day I noticed pain in my right foot, unfortunatly I ignored it for a while. then my mom got very sick and of course I had no time for the doctor and kept walking after getting new running shoes. I went to the doctor 6 weeks ago and was diagnosed with PF. he d... Fri, 31 Oct 2008 17:49:39 EST Hello from Colorado Wow! I am so excited to find this team! I'm a runner who has been dealing with PF for a year now and am recovering from the Topaz surgery done in late June. I am now going to have the other foot done in November. Hopefully I can start running by March. I can't wait to read what other team members have done for relief and how they have stated motivated!! <em>247</em> Wed, 29 Oct 2008 12:47:10 EST Wow so glad to find you! I have problems almost bad that I cant walk without shoes on. <BR> <BR> Wed, 22 Oct 2008 14:33:58 EST So relieved to find you! I'm a lapsed SparkPeople member. Love it, love it, love it, but "didn't have the time" this past year to visit much... <BR> <BR> But now I really need this group - and am so happy and relieved that I found you! <BR> <BR> I recently found out that I have plantar fasciitis and I'm scared. I haven't been able to exercise for 5 months bc of the pain in my foot. Went to a podiatrist, have the night boot, got the shot, just got the orthodics (hate them BTW!), have been stretching... and I sti... Thu, 2 Oct 2008 19:40:09 EST orthotics and steroid injections I just started wearing an orthotic today and was wondering how long until I notice some relief? My foot actually feels worse @ wearing it...Also wondering what people feel about the steroid injections? I have heard that they are extremely PAINFUL but can really help. So how painful??? I have been suffering since feb 2008 and I think I want to give it a try but I admit I am scared to do it. Any advise?? Thanks! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 20:19:55 EST What about hammertoes! !!!!??????? Ok,I know this is the PF team, but does anyone else other than me suffer from hammertoes!!!!!!???? I am using Yoga toes. <link> </link> and they do help, but what else can we do--and does anyone suffer from calf pain due to their hammertoes--that is IF you have them!!! What a name--hammertoes--duh--cuz they look like little hammers!!!Appreciate any info........and do hope I am not alone in this, but also feel for anyone that does have the painful toes!!!! Tue, 23 Sep 2008 14:55:25 EST