As a teacher I stand a lot on concrete floors. Also, for years I have enjoyed cute, flat shoes and sandals. Additionally, I put on a "bit" of weight. My foot started hurting. With a trip to Europe planned I went to the podiatrist and he gave me a prescription of Naproxon followed by shots of Cortisone. An effect of the Naproxon was internal blood loss. I had a terrible trip in Europe and when I returned to the United States I had to get a blood transfusion. I guess this is the worst case scenario.
My opinion .... for what it is worth ... much like all the others have said ... good, sturdy athletic shoes (all the time) AND stretching are very important. A physical therapist might be able to help in the beginning. Also, my massage therapist does a very good job working out those muscles.
A good start GOOD SHOES, HEALTHY DIET, EXERCISE/STRETCHING.
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6/25/17 9:59 A
I have also suffered from PF over the past years. It comes and goes. This time it's been about a year now. Brought on by my working in retail and walking on a hard surface floor for hours each day. I'm doing the stretchs but not helping as much as I would like. It almost seems like my muscles are getting tighter instead of looser. I also will sometimes feel a burning sensation going up the sides of my heels. I have tried several different orthotics and none have seemed to help. I do recommend always wearing shoes even when st home. I love the Vionic brand and own several of their slip on sandals. Unfortunately their athletic shoes just aren't wide enough for me to use.
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3/25/17 9:48 A
Oh, I understand your problem very well! I have flatffeet from childhood so long walks, running and making exercises without a good, really comfortable shoes always were a problem... The only thing which is good in my case is using the good orthopedic trainers or special insoles for the other shoes, in other cases my feet after the activities hurt very much As I noticed the best models for such case are produced by Brooks, Asics and Nike, also some peak shoes like in this list stylemann.com/best-peak-shoes-review/ are nice This pair is my favourite for example (and I have four pairs of trainers in general)
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10/8/16 7:47 P
I'm getting over plantar fasciitis with heel spurs. I only wear Brooks Adrenaline shoes, with SuperFeet orthotics. Mostly my PF is under control, and the heel spurs are improving with stretching, but on days when I feel the heel discomfort I use the elliptical instead of walking.
I had toe surgery and could barely walk. I used the Sparkpeople.tv limited mobility videos. There's one for cardio and one for core.
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10/2/16 11:11 A
I have had plantar fasciitis for months. I had it once before, when I was in my 30's and doing stretches quickly fixed the problem. No such luck this time. (Maybe being 57 makes healing more difficult?) I have been to my doctor, my physio and a podiatrist. I've been wearing the same 3 pairs of shoes (ones recommended by the podiatrist) indoors and out, for months. I've been doing stretches and strengthening exercises, added inserts to my shoes, and have even started taking anti-inflammatories regularly, to no avail. Every time I notice, a brief period of time in the day when my heel doesn't hurt, I think, "Maybe now it's healing" but then, in no time, I'm proven wrong. The only thing I haven't tried is rolling the ball under my foot, which was never recommended by either of my health care professionals, but I may as well try it, it certainly couldn't hurt. I am getting frustrated and discouraged, and chronic pain, combined with other stresses in my life, has really started to make me quite moody. I don't like the being this way. I hope the ball thing helps! thank you for your post.
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1,611 6/6/16 4:23 P
Do your feet feel as if they are cramping and/or burning when exercising? If so, my trainer showed me something wonderful. He gave me a lacrosse ball which I roll my feel over before exercising and it prevents the pain. I used moderate pressure while sitting or standing and roll all areas of my feet. It feels a little uncomfortable in some spots but it is well worth it!
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4/14/16 2:24 P
I bought callous pads and put one on the trouble spot on my foot. It alleviated my pain and now my foot rarely bothers me. But, if the pain persists, consult a doctor. There are exercises you can do seated. Also, do you have access to a recumbent bike? That might not hurt your foot.
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1,611 4/28/15 6:25 P
Good luck to you. I hope a miracle cure comes your way! Don't forget to stretch! Make sure its okay to do so with the doc. S/he might be able to give you some guidance there too or suggest a physiotherapist.
Thank you for talking about this! I have recently moved to Az. and before the heat starts I've attempted to get back to exercising when my foot for the last few months has been giving me pain. I did go to the doctors and there is indeed a problem which may result in surgery. After a bunionectomy 3 years ago I hesitate surgery and feeling very discouraged! I am currently in a boot and have to be fitted for a ankle brace next week for the next two months then will re visit surgery. The problem is my inner ankle tendons. I have been tracking my food and trying to walk in my boot at least 10,000 steps per day. Just frustrated and don't know where to go from here?
If you will permit me, I will tell you my story. I can share this story with confidence and perhaps save you some money and more important, pain.
I suffered from what was finally diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. I had to stop running due to this condition. While running I ignored, tight hips, knee pain, tight glutes, calves, and due to time constraints, skimped on warm ups, cool downs and one of the most important things, I didn't listen to my body! After purchasing a couple of running shoe inserts, three pairs of new runners and two mis-started of running clinics, I finally listened to some the best advice that others were trying to give me, I went to see a doctor. After overcoming some other issues--high blood pressure (Eeks!), and with the doctor's okay, I did the following:
1. Saw a doc to get diagnosed, to receive a prescription for orthotics and to get a recommendation for an orthotics specialist. 2. Once I had the orthotics, I was fitted, with the orthotics, and a new pair of running shoes (Runners have a shelf life and they don't last forever). If you already have orthotics and they just don't feel right, go back and get them adjusted. To the orthotics doctor, I actually brought a foot drawing and a body figure drawn with red "Xs" where I was experiencing pain. 3. Stretching and rolling: I have found that my calves, glutes, quads, hips got very tight when I was running. A physiotherapist, prescribed morning leg stretches, which I do even before I get out of bed, 1) Full body stretch hands overhead to stretched tip toes. 2) bend and hold knee behind leg while gently pulling forward to feel stretch in glutes and 3) gently rolling around to feel gentle, gentle stretch in hips. 4) With leg up in the air, straight, pull gently forward. I use a belt to help gently pull forward. 5) *** Roll a ball under foot, heel, arches and pads. (I purchased one about the size of a golf ball but with nubbies on it). It helped so so much much.*** I roll this little ball under my foot, even if I am sitting at my desk, or while watching TV. I also have a rod, called a tiger tail which I roll on my quads and calves to help loosen. 4) Don`t walk around the house without a good pair of supporting shoes. I love my birkenstocks.
I am not a professional, just someone who was experiencing pain but not just in my foot. I now know all the muscles in the foot all the way up your leg and into your back are connected. So listen to the clues your body is sending you and perhaps, if you are able, seek a professionals help before you spend lots of money on trying to self diagnose (like I did). I`m lucky to have health benefits to help pay for orthotics, proper shoes and physio! I`m also lucky to have some great people in my life to support me and steer me in the right direction.
Maintaining a healthy weight is also important, and this is my I am here at Sparks People, because I still haven`t figured it all out and I need the help of others are going down the same path as I am in this present moment.
Hope something helps! Good luck! I`m rooting for you!
One day at a time! :)
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Fitness Minutes: (2,777)
12/31/14 1:46 P
I too love walking but have had foot issues. Wear orthotics, special shoes - for me Orthoheel is the best brand. If there is a Red Wing shoe store in your area, they have a machine that shows the weight distribution in your feet, and can help fit you for less expensive orthotics. I bought some for $45 that mold to your foot and they have helped a lot as are very cushioned. they have others too - might have to replace every 6-12 months but you can try them out.
Also be sure to get measured - feet can get wider with age and extra weight. Mine measure only 7 1/2 heel to toe but my toe box area is short -\w/ crooked toes so from ball of foot to heel turns out I am either 8 1/2 or 9 depending on brand.
There are exercises to help with foot muscles. If you can find an old Coke bottle with that unique shape or something similar, place inside an old sock then roll your foot over it front to rear several times. Switch feet and repeat. My podiatrist swears it helps with plantar fasciitis prevention and more.
OK, I'm getting back to tracking food and exercise ad trying to do at least 10 minutes a day. So far so god, but as of yesterday and the say before when I walk the arch of my foot hurts and the pain shoots up my leg. This is, of course more than mildly discouraging. So today I took advantage of Black Friday and ordered some new shoes, New Balance 847 with rollbar. Years ago when I went to a podiatrist for a similar problem he said " I could order you orthotics but I recommend you buy New Balance shoes".. So we shall see. Also got some new Birkenstocks with arch support..
Why does my body fight my efforts to make it more healthy?????
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