Hi May. I too have suffered from pain in my left foot since May 2005. It has taken alot of work to get to the point where I can go for walks again. Here is what I did:
1. In the acute stage, ice your arch with a frozen water bottle 3 times/day.
2. Stretch your calf and ankle by putting a rolled up towel under the ball of your foot and pulling it toward you from a lying position before you ever get out of bed. Do a calf stretch for 5 minutes every 2 hours.
3. Wear stiff shoes that do not flex with arch inserts. I found an arch sleeve on Footsmart.com that supported my arch even better than the inserts and I wore it for 2-1/2 years.
Hope this helps you. If you keep up this routine and be patient, it will eventually get better.
May God bless you richly....Chris
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil 4:13
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