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Found an article today:

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It seems that what helps one person may not work for someone else. What's important isn't so much what changes you make, but that you make some kind of change...interesting concept!

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Three years ago, during a hard pregnancy where I had to rest and sit or lie down a lot, I also developed PF.
Getting up in the mornings was like stepping on nails. Hobbling on tip toes to the bathroom while holding on to the wall -agony. I have been to therapists and Biokeneticist. Nothing helped much. What did help was rolling out my fascia on a foam roller, stretching my very tight shoulders and pectoral muscles, and stretching my IT Band. I think the root of my problem was that IT Band. (It is the facia, that works together in a 'Band' from the heel along the outside of the leg to the hip, crosses the stomach and to the opposite shoulder,) Sparks has good stretches for that.
I also prayed with Pat Robertson on the 700 Club. I am very thankful for that, I did my part, but my part would not have worked this well on it's own.
My heels slowly improved, I now cannot remember when I last had pain. I run 5km several times a week. I can wear any shoes I want to.

I am just thankful that it is better. But I do keep my hips, quads shoulders and pecs stretched out very well. And especially that pesky IT Band.


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Today I went to a new podiatrist for a 2nd opinion. Wow. Should have done this months ago, Really liked this dr. Related to him well. He affirmed EVERYTHING that I was doing, but also challenged me. I did agree to another cortisone shot. And we made molds for custom orthotics. He gave me hope - and I really needed that as I have been so discouraged. And as I was leaving our conversation went on a tangent and we think I may have an additional problem that has not been diagnosed - bursitis in the heel. If so, my gut feeling of immobilizing my foot all along may be exactly what I need to do. Will know tomorrow morning, based on the pain level. Happy to talk with anyone about my experience. He encouraged me to continue stretching (after 24 hours b/c of the cortisone shot), continue yoga (modify if there is any pain), go back to physical therapy in a week,continue to lose weight, and NEVER go barefoot. I am optimistic for the first time in so long. Please, everyone, don't give up. A knowledgeable, caring doctor and physical therapist with a treatment plan can be food for the soul!


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Thanks, Rafferm! I've tried scrunching a towel with my toes, scootching it toward my heel. But the marbles sound like way more fun!

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You know, when my feet hurt--everything hurts!! I have started doing an intense regime of stretches before I go to bed and when I wake up. I use a pilates stretch band to bend my foot back toward my body. Another exercise I found helps. When I am watching tv in the evening. Put marbles in one bowl--then pick up and transfer them to another bowl using your foot! It sounds weird. But, it works!!

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We've been trying something new at my twice weekly physical therapy because I'd not been getting consistent progress from the traditional methods. To help break up the scar tissue we have moved from me rolling my foot on a tennis ball to using a lacrosse ball and really putting a lot of pressure in it. It actually hurts! But it seems to be giving me some forward progress! I also put a lot of pressure on my foot when I roll it on a frozen water bottle. We also had been taking it easy on the achilles stretches, backing off to about a level 3 (if 10 is where I feel a good stretch and where it usually really hurts). But today we increased the stretches to a 9-10, and stretched through the pain. He taped my foot when I left, I've been icing on and off all morning, and we'll see where we are in a couple of days. I still hobble tremendously for the first 20-30 steps every morning, but if I can get some improvement after that, I'm all for it!

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So glad to find this team. Been messing with PF since August - calmed down by October, been a bear since November. Physical Therapy twice a week and some improvement but am so frustrated. Will catch up on old posts tonight but for now just a "Thank You" for all the information and kindred spirits. I have been frustrated by not being able to exercise in the traditional sense, while trying to lose weight.

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Hi

Just found this group, should have guessed there'd be an SP group for it!

I developed PF after a few months at my current job, cleaning, (also tennis elbow and painful knees). I've always had jobs on my feet, but for some reason, it only started here. Dr. diagnosed it, said do the massaging, cold water bottle rolling, ibuprofen etc. None seemed to help for long. I tried the calf stretches,but I could never never seem to get enough of a stretch to reach my foot before my ankle started to hurt! Then I found a book on Amazon, bought it. It said basically, first thing in the morning and at least 3 times a day, but especially after you've been off your feet for a while, pull up on your toes hard with your hand, so that your toes and ankle are flexed up and back as far as you can get them, and hold it for a count of 100. This stretches the PF once it's relaxed. I found it took a while, but it did help a lot. I also took to wearing Skechers Shape up trainers, which have a lot of arch support, but also, the sole is so curved, front and back, that it takes the pressure off the sensitive heel, so these also helped a lot. They're a bit dear, but I try to find them as cheap as I can on ebay, sales, etc.

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I got some great advice from my Dr./ therapist at visit Wed.
She said .......... (She was a ballerina & gave advice from fellow ballerinas)
BEFORE they got out of bed each morning ......... they massaged each foot w/ cream to bring back "moisture" into that fascia. Said when you sleep at night, everything stiffens, and if you have a small ball w/ those nubbies on it . (I bought several and keep one by bed) ........ rub your foot for a minute or so ................... AND always do your stretches and don't skimp.

Yesterday I did this .......... Massaged BEFORE pain at end of day and increased my stretches and the pain level dropped from a 9-10 to a 1-2! ............... Will be doing from now on faithfully.

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I had heel spurs about 15 years ago but wore insoles and they cleared up. Developed pain after hiking a long way a couple of months ago and stupidly went on a further hike three weeks after this although I still had some pain. Am now in a lot of pain, though slightly less than a couple of weeks ago.

I do not have an official diagnosis of plantar fasciitis but that's clearly what this is. Some heel pain has now developed but the main problem is putting weight on my foot when I first get out of bed in the morning. Agony. I'm hobbling and hanging on to the furniture.

I discovered too late that my trainers have worn unevenly and actually seem to be making the problem WORSE which is a pity because I assumed they supported my feet and had been wearing them all the time, rather than other shoes.

So, I'm going to do everything I can so get rid of this problem. It's messing up my exercise and weight loss and making me absolutely miserable.

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The doctor said the reason I have plantar fasciitis is cause I'm flat footed. They are going to do molds of my feet Monday. I take anti inflammatory medicine & have what they call cookie inserts for now.

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I started having pain in my feet when I got out of bed in the morning several weeks ago and had never heard of plantar fasciitis. In addition, my knees and my elbow started hurting pretty bad all at the same time. So I just stopped exercising and started searches on the internet for something that what elevate my pain. I am so glad I looked at Spark today--I have been doing exercises for my feet, knees and elbow. I still have pain in my feet when I wake up and during the day. I also go barefoot and exercise barefoot and have been doing that for years. I think my problem started when I started exercising in my basement--and I think the flooring under the carpet is cement. So I was glad to find that I'm not alone with this and I just ordered inserts from Footsmart based on several blogs on this website. I hope they work. Thanks so much from all of you out there who have these problems. Any advise is appreciated.

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OHIOCYNDI..Thanks for the info..I had to start out slowly with my orthaheels sandals..but they are great..The correct foot ware is SO important!!













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Footsmart is great! I get their catalog. I got the roller ball and the bar shape for my teen daughter's shin splints. I am now using them for my PF. I was recently diagnosed. My Dr has me doing some stretching exercises. I purchased inserts for my shoes and felt relief almost immediately. The thing you have to remember is that you have to get used to wearing them. I started with 1 hour the first day and have gradually increased. I find that my arches are a little sore in the beginning but are getting used to it. I just ordered a pair of sandals for the summer and can't wait to get them. What I love it that they have shoes for all types of feet.

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I have been doing pretty well since being discharged from PT. I do my exercises at least 2 times a day and don't get out of bed in the morning until I do my stretches. I just got my orthaheels in the mail that I ordered yesterday and will be trying them out over the next few days!!

I totally agree what helps for one won't necessarily work for another you just have to keep trying things to find what works best for you!!













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Tight hams, tight calves could be the cause. Here is a good read:

www.alignedandwell.com/?p=3245&optio
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See the Trigger Point Therapy book that I recommeneded for trigger points assoicated with PF.

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I have had PF and heel spurs all my life. A year ago I fractured my first toe and it exacerbated the heel pain. I am a Pedorthist and treat these issues in my patients as well. What works for one person will not always work for someone else. Cortisone shots do not work for me, and I cannot wear the night splint as it creates too much pressure/pain on the first toe. I have tried a few braces, and found that the New Options A30 Wooten UHL helps some days. I have also tried the Aircast Airheel which did ok when I was barefoot, but was intolerable while wearing a shoe. It is more for people with Achilles trouble, but does aid the heel pain.
They are pricey, but the only thing I have ever found to truly work on my foot pain is a pair of ZCoil shoes and a pair of foot orthotics with increased arch support and medial heel wedge. Hope this info helps someone.

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CSKIMM do you do exercises for your PF? Exercises really do help relieve the PF. Also, I find New Balance shoes help. The higher the number the better the support.

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I recieved a cortisone shot this morning it is feeling better already. I got a night splint also hoping for good results! I have had PF for about six months.

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My PT started me out with some calf strengthening exercises and then on the stationary bike. It has been only two weeks since I started my PT ( 3 times per week ) and I am out of my boot and in regular shoes. It is really helping !! I do 10 minutes on the bike at a time after stretching my calves real good.













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Ok. Iced it, rolled a ball on it, messaged it, swallowed some pain killers. So wat exercises can I start with that can have minimal stress on my feet.

Every situation is to make me a stronger individual.


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Finally after 4 months of waiting have my appt for Ultrasound on Monday emoticon

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I know this topic has been going for a long time, but I am so excited to find a group of people who KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING about with this foot thing! Also, I did find something that works really well for me and costed me nothing... I wrap an ace bandage around the top portion of my foot (but before my toes) and then wrap up against my lower calf, and repeating, essentially "bracing" my foot.

I find in the morning I am usually pain free (and surprised every time). :) I could just go spend the money on the actual brace, but this is a cheap home alternative that has really helped me.

Looking forward to reading more good ideas below...!

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SKATER787..Thanks :)













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Wendylee, Page 220 of the book The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook by Davies, listed the following area you want to check for the trigger points for PF problems:
soleus
quadratus plantae
abductor hallucis
tibialis posterior
abductor digiti minimi
gatrocnemius

I'm having the most success so far with my 10 year old golfer's elbow problem with this book. I refused cortisone shot last year which I knew it would be suggested had I gone in to see a doc sooner. Thus, the 10 year. And the PT sessions I had was a nice runup in insurance bills with nothing to show for except I got a little massage out of it.

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Yorkshire, I think it's ignorance and ego rather than greed and immorality. They honestly believe that their protocol is the best. Many years ago women used to die from childbed fever because doctors didn't believe in washing their hands. The doctor who first suggested it was ridiculed and eventually committed to an insane asylum where he died. It took decades for what is a norm now to be accepted.

When I started using stand up desk, I became aware of how much sitting people do and start to observe other occupation. Doctors have it pretty good. They don't sit for long hours like people in technology. PT is among the best from my observation. They move around a lot and don't sit or stand in one place for long. They don't prescribe dangerous drugs that people can have adverse reaction to. They prescribe exercises which we know that 90% of the people don't do. So when it doesn't work, they can always blame the people for not doing the prescribed exercises. They only work office hours. No crazy hours like in tech and other jobs that don't face the public. They are in health care, so their health insurance should be great. They don't have much risk in the office, because all they do is follow the protocols. Don't you want a job where you prescribe exercises? I do. Because I know that people will not do them and so can not say that my method sucks.

They are allowed to touch patients. But they don't have to work hard like a masseur who will wear out his/her hands, arms and body by working on you. Plus when the client has to pay out of their own pocket, they expect a lot. A PT can do a little massage to make the client happy and come back but get paid by the insurance company. What a racket. That's why I think it's one of the best jobs you can get. Yes, we do pay for it. But as the old saying goes, if you can't beat them, join them.

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I rarely go to the Dr. I usually take care of things myself at home with simple home remedies. I also have always hated taking meds and try to use foods/natural remedies. I had no clue what was going on when this pain started and when I woke up and couldn't walk my daughter took me into the Er this is what led up to me going to Ortho and with a diagnosis. I was scared because this is the foot I had surgery on about 5 years ago. Now that I know what is wrong I will be trying to do what I can to keep the pain down myself. I will be trying out some of the things I have learned about on here and always make sure to be wearing good foot ware . I do know that my weight plays a big factor in most of my health problems including this one and am working on that..I am sure a lot of my problems will basically disappear and clear up as I get that under control.

Thanks so much every one for your input !!













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Some how the use of all that ineffective treatments on humans that are in such pain, looking for relief only make me thing of two things: greed and immorality. Oh! my do you think this attitude has anything to do with our screwed up health system, school system and government. Everyman for himself...that's the answer. Boy are we in trouble. I guess it doesn't matter as long as the insurance company pays....wait a minute doesn't that mean we all pay in one way or another. Dah!

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I also think that many of the protocols for PT are useless. But that's the beauty of it as a career. They got the insurance to pay for it. So these ineffective treatments will guarantee that there will always be patients because they will never be cured. If I was just starting out for a career in health care, this would be among my top choices.

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Thanks so much for the info. I will be adding those to my list of things to get !!













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Stretching without getting to the root cause is a hit and miss thing. Get this book and solve the referred pain problems that is the real cause for many of the PF. It'll also bring you closer to the $25 total for free shipping from Amazon.

www.amazon.com/Trigger-Point-Therapy
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Another good item to get to be used with the book, is the Knobble to massage the trigger points:

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012136E8
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Thanks.Yes I think I will get a foot rocker!! My daughter showed me some stretching exercises to do last night..so that should really start to help. She is going to bring me some bands home from her work that I can use. Hopefully that will start to give me some relief really soon !!













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You're right this thing is very painful. Personally I think the PT is a waste of time and money, as most of the things you can do at home by yourself. The shoes/streaching are what works for most people. No more bare footing around. And dropping a few pounds for some makes a difference also. Good luck with your recovery. I find it's a on going routine of self care. I've been using the "foot rocker" with pretty good success. Sells for about 12.00 on amazon.

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I am so glad I found this team! I was just diagnosed the other day. The Dr told me to stay off of my foot as much as possible for the next two weeks.( she has me in an air cast up to me knee) .When I go back to see her ( in two weeks ) she will start me with a physical therapist. My daughter is a PT tech so I will be going the place that she works for my therapy. I love all of the suggestions on here. This pain is unbelievable..can't wait till next month when we open the family swimming pool ! That should help me out a lot !!













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I have been using this thing called a "foot rocker" found it on Amazon.com for about $12.00, the great news is that it's helping. In fact I think it might be the first thing that has really helped. after all the pt,shots,pills etc. Which i'd found it earlier.

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I too have had this aliment, but I have been pain free for over 3 years. I have read all the other comments and I agree with all the advice, I have done it all as well and it helped but would always re occur, until I found the site called Footsmart. It is a site that sells all kinds of things related to foot problems and shoes and sneakers as well. This site set me free from the chronic ailment. I would urge you to check it out, and search for the Orthoheel products. I have purchased the sneakers for the last 3 years, after the first month I noticed my pain was gone, and has been gone ever since. I buy a pair every 6 months, and in the summer I wear the flip flops, it has given me new life. The prices are a bit high, but for me it has been well worth it. I can walk and exercise as much as I want. Also just a note I was told to always try to stay on a flat service when walking or on the treadmill, stay away from inclines. It you decide to try Orthoheel, it might take a week or two to get use to, b/c they are designed specially for this ailment. Hope this helps.

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Thank you all, theres good advice here for sure. I cant wait to walk without pain sometime.

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hi i have had PF for over a year. First off if you go bare foot, you've got to stop that immediately. next do some streching right before you get up in the morning, take a towel and pull your toes toward your body, hold for about 10 sec, repeat. good shoes are a must, and no flip flops and those thin soled house slippers. I also freeze a plastic bottle with water and roll under my foot. there's some good exercises on the web just google. good luck.

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Check out The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, Second Edition ~ Clair Davies

It's my latest find against PF and pain in general. Good luck.

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I have plantar faciitis and It feels like it's the worst kind. I cant walk at all 80%, and has been with me nonstop almost a year. I thought it goes away but not for me. I have 2 kids that I am supposed to chase around, and am trying what i can exercise wise. I cant let it stop me, and with how bad it is, the motrin and such dosent always help. BUT, somehow i have to keep on, It is very hard to deal with. Thank you for the information. Anything will be beneficial.

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emoticon Thank You Andi. I appreciate the info you posted here. I too have had problems getting concrete help from the medical world. Your solutions are simple and make sense.
Before I came to this team I did not really understand what was happening with my plantar facilitis. I have much more knowledge now. Thank you team and team leaders.

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I'm new here, but I am so happy to have found this forum! I just went to the doctors for the foot/heel pain you are all feeling. He said it's probably plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, go get x-rays and take ibuprofen. No suggestions to help. I was already wearing shape ups because of the thick gel soles and added gel heel cups from Walgreen's - I work on my feet.

Then I went to the cardiologist and when he asked what I was doing for exercise, I said nothing because my feet hurt so much! He listened to my symptoms and said he has the same thing - plantar fasciitis and he actually told me what to do about it.
1. Roll my foot on a small coke bottle every chance I get, or a small can to keep the tendon stretched. (I like the frozen water bottle idea!)
2. Don't buy special boots or splints - just sleep in my sneakers. The idea is to keep your foot from relaxing and allowing that Plantar fascia tendon to tighten up and risk tearing more when you get out of bed. (YAY! - nothing to buy!)
3. It will be with me for the rest of my life, flaring up when the tendon is stressed and being overweight will just keep it coming back. (Now I REALLY need to get serious about fitness)
4. Take ibuprofen for the pain. (It makes my ears ring, so I can only take it when the pain is unbearable)
He commented on how he had it the worst when he was a surgery resident and had to respond quickly to codes, but could barely walk!
Having an understanding doctor and this group available 24/7 is a God-send for me - thank you! Happy New Year too!
Andi

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Taking shots are treating the symptoms instead of the cause. It will work for some but won't for others. For people who don't want to become a cortisone junkie or want the natural method without the long term side effects, here is my list mania:


Night Splints ($19 each) Stop working out those calves, plantars while asleep
www.amazon.com/Form-Fit-PLANT
AR-FASCIT
IS-SPLINT/dp/B001B5JVIA/ref=c
m_cr_
pr_product_top



Tiger Tail ($30) for massaging the calves, thighs, achilles, feet
www.amazon.com/Tiger-Tail-Rol
ling-Musc
le-Massager/dp/B00306602S/ref
=sr_1
_3?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1318269108&sr=1-3



Foot Rocker ($12), stretch out those tight calves
www.amazon.com/North-American
-Healthca
re-Foot-Rocker/dp/B002PT52WK/
ref=p
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Heel Cups ($9)

www.amazon.com/Tulis-Heavy-Du
ty-Large-
175lbs/dp/B000MSZT7O/ref=cm_c
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I see folks posting about the shots. I've had two, so far, and they've seemed to help. I'm really scared of needles, and cry when I get the shots, even with the numbing spray. Actually, the numbing spray makes me cry, too, I'm a wimp.

Doc also has me on naproxen, which I always forget to take...ugh...better go do that now.

Ok...my main problem is that I *hate* wearing shoes. My doc appreciates this, at least, and doesn't come down on me too hard. He isn't fond of the shoes I bought, but I can't afford "good" shoes and sure as heck can't afford inserts. We're working with what we've got.

I'm such a difficult patient...ugh.

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After much pain and frustration (and crabbiness), I went back in for my monthly foot checkup and was given an air cast to wear so that my foot stays in the same position all day as well as wearing the splint at night. I don't know how long it will take, or if it will be a solution, but I have had very little pain wearing it as compared to not. Also, my family says I'm a much friendlier person when I'm not in such pain all the time!

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For me it felt much better almost instantly, although apparently some people have soreness due to the shot for a few days. I couldn't risk not being able to walk, stand and socialize with guests at my daughter's wedding, so for me it was the exta INSURANCE I needed. It served it's purpose but the pain slowly returned. The water exercise works the best for me. It allows everything to move and stretch without putting the weight on my foot.

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How long did it take for the cortisone shot to work? My friend said she had those shots and has never had problems with her heels again. But if it is only a temp fix, I won't even bother getting the shots. I will stick to rest, icing and my foot massager instead.

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I had a cortisone shot a week before my daughter's wedding because I wanted to make sure I could walk that day, let alone dance. It does help short term, but it is not a cure. For me, swimming and aqua-arobics have helped more than anything. It helps me stretch my calf. After 4 months, I'm just starting to feel that I have it under control.

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Still in pain and have to take Ibuprofen every day! I need to find some steps to walk up and down on because that really seemed to help me the other day! I do miss going barefoot, especially in the summer time! Right now I have to keep my Dr Scholl's shoes on when I am inside the house to lessen the pain. Oh, will this plantar faciitis every go away for good???

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I just ordered one! I was just about to call the doctor to get those cortisone shots but my heels felt better today. Maybe because I walked up and down the flight of stairs when I went to see my neurologist yesterday? I don't know, but willing to give this a try first!!!

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So my Foot Rocker came. For years, I've seen this thing and thought that it was junk. A waste of time. But I've never tried it.

Wow, what can I say? This thing is a godsend for someone with tight calves like me. You wouldn't think that a gadget can make a difference. After all, you can do calf stretch against the wall for free. But this is taking stretching to another level. PF sufferers need to get this thing pronto, if you believe in the theory that the gastroc and achilles are pulling on your plantars. I'd say that as we get older and for people who suddently started exercise program, you're not 18 anymore. Tight calves, tight achilles are just waiting to shut you down via your plantars. They have a pro model that sells for $30. I don't think you need it. This model below sells for $12.

www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002PT52WK

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Thanks so much for the site! I will try harder to cure this without going to the doctor. I have other things in mind to spend my money on than getting shots in my heels!!! emoticon

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That's all you have done and you're expected to be cured? Cortisone does not have 100% success rate. In fact, according to this article, stretching has 83% success while Cortisone is at 70% or better. Some people will do anything to avoid the needles, but If your doc is greedy enough to give you the shots, then go ahead. Better research about the side effects before you go in, because he won't have the time to tell you. Good luck.

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I've iced and even used frozen water bottles to roll my foot on them. I haven't done much stretching before I get up first thing in the morning but I am so tired of this pain!!! I do wear Dr Scholl's sneakers with gel inside the heel part and also a heel pad but as soon as I take those shoes off, I have to put on my Birkenstock's and somedays I have to hobble around all day!!!

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What have you done so far with the home remedies?


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I think I just about had it with this Plantar Fasciitis...I am going to ask my husband tonight if we can afford for me to go see the doctor and have those cortisone shots. I am so tired of my heels hurting and then feeling a little better only to have them flare up on me again and again. I already had to miss out on a hiking trip and now I might miss out on a camping/hiking trip that is coming up soon. I so want to be able to walk again!!!

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