The combination of the right shoes and the eliptical has worked for me. I also have severe arthritis damage in my knee and the eliptical actually helps that very much. Of course the whole body benefits from core exercises. It's all circular - the more you lose weight, the better you're foot feels so you exercise more and get into better shape which makes you lose more weight. Get into the upward spiral.
I had it last winter, for about five months. I found that if I could walk for a while, it would gradually ease off. The best long term thing I've found have been insoles in my trainers.They are specifically designed for PF and are by Foot Logics. They have almost completely cured it, though they took quite a bit of getting used to, and at one point I wondered if they were doing more harm than good! But I have been more or less pain free since February.
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Water aerobics is great!! ........... Any or most non wt. bearing exercise is the recommendation. (Have been seen and treated and Dr. RX) ...... Told emphatically: STAY OFF THE TREADMILL! .... (It is treacherous for PF) Sparks does indeed have wonderful chair exercises ............ I do them routinely. Coach Nicole has a lot of chair exercises that also get the heart rate pumping. (cardio) .....
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I've been dealing with PF for five years. I've done all the things you mentioned, as well as cortisone shots and wearing a boot for several months. Right now I'm using Heal that Pain insoles, which seem to be helping a lot.
I've found that when my foot hurts too much to do regular exercises, chair exercises can help a bunch. Spark people has many chair routines listed in their fitness section, and you can buy DVDs for seated workouts as well.
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I've had PF for about 3 years. It was horrible in the beginning and I could barely walk, but it's gotten better over time. I have a recumbent exercise bike and that helps me get my exercise in. It did hurt my feet at first, but once I adjusted the bike to a different height they stopped hurting so much.
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Faith, I've had PF for about 6 months, now. I've been some better lately, but am not pain free. I've been riding a regular bike (i live in Florida, so the weather pemits it). When It warms up I will be swimming and since I love near a state park, swimming is fairly easy for me to work in. I have just spent about an hour researching shoes, and am hoping to buy a good pair of running/walking shoes today. LOL....ads for the shoes I've clicked on are popping up all over my SP pages. Go figure! Good luck and let us know if you find anything that helps you out. Teresa
My PF is not as bad as yours is. I've been able to control mine with exercises, losing weight, and types of shoes and shoe supports. I wear New Balance shoes. The higher the number the more arch support. Therefore, my shoe number is over 1000. I can't remember exactly what the number is off hand. I also have New Balance arch supports that I have in the shoes. This too helps reduce the pain of the PF. My doctor recommended that I change my shoes out every 6 months. Actually, I need to go get new shoes this spring. It is time for me to change mine out.
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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 of pain!)
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