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7/10/11 3:21 P

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Well, this is what my doc says: Wear the night splint, do the calf stretch, achilles tendon stretch, and arch/plantars stretch 2-3 times a day, ice in the water bottle 2-3 times a day, where supportive shoes (she says my New Balance are good, but I don't remember from back when I bought them if they are the type for overweight.) I have the Dr. Scholls PF supports in them, but if I don't get better, I may go to Good Feet. She says I can do my 10 minute walk twice a day, but not to increase until I am pain free, and then do it very slowly, 2 mins 1 day, 5 mins the next, etc.

This is what I actually do: Wear the night splint in the eve. while I watch TV or read 3-4 x week (Can't sleep with it on.) Ice water bottle 2 x day, stretches 1 x day usually in the evening, but trying to add a little stretch before I get out of bed (even to pee in the night, because supposedly that first step without stretching tends to re-injure you.) New Balance with Scholls PF supports when I am outside, socks and crocs when I am inside. 10 min walk with friend at work 2x 5 days a week. Recumbant bike for cardio whenever I can. (Just started the bike.)

My pain is getting gradually better each day. Walking on the beach barefoot for 1 hour on July 3rd made me worse, but since then have been getting better again. emoticon
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I've been dealing with PF in my right foot for about a year and a half. I also have heel spurs and horrible bunions (I'm 40 but these bunions are genetic and I've always had them, but theyre worse in the last few yrs) and I know that a shoe with a bit of a heel lift is good for PF but then my bunion flares so that's not good. Grrr! I digress, so anyway...The most important thing is a pair of good walking shoes. And by good I mean they will be expensive but worth every penny. I find the best to be New Balance and Nike Air Max. Expect to pay $100 to $150 but good shoes are top priority if you have foot pain.

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This round of PF reared its ugly head back in January and, though lessened, the pain is still with me. I think heel spurs are part of the problem as well. Guess I really should go to the doctor but I've just been following the same program I was on several years ago when I had PF in the other foot. It's interesting to read of different peoples' varying reactions to different types of shoes. Birks are less painful than walking shoes with inserts but I find the most comfort wearing Fit Flops., I have them in a variety of colors now and wonder why I ever objected to heatedly to flip flops in the past!

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I went to Good Feet two days ago and as soon as I got their inserts, my feet felt 100% better! They do images of your feet and fit the right inserts for EACH foot. My right was so much worse than the left. The inserts are a bit pricy, until I figured how much I've spent and factored in that these have a Life time guarantee! I can wear the same inserts in every pair of shoes I own, including my sandals!! I'm a fan!
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It's funny when people said that Birkenstocks help them. I have a friend with PF who was telling me that. My story is that the damned Birkenstocks is the one that started it for me. I was given Birkenstocks by my sister. They were hard surface compared to my usual sneakers but I was told/brain washed that the Birkenstocks are good for your feet. So I wore them for a trip to Washington DC. My feet hurt so bad I couldn't walk for sight seeing in DC. I didn't even know what PF was. And I didn't know what was causing the bottom of my feet to hurt so bad. By the time we traveled from DC to NYC. I bought a pair of sneakers in NYC and the pain lessened. I didn't know anything about the treatment of PF, but gradually the pain subsided because I used the sneakers. But I still remember getting out of bed, that first step, hurts like hell. So I kind of chuckled when my friend told me that his doctor recommended Birkenstocks and he showed me his pair and they were in white.

Recently, I started having problem with achilles tendon and learned that night splint is good for achilles tendonitis and also PF. I started using it and found that it felt wonderful and although I don't have PF now, I could imagine that it would help. If Birkenstocks work for you, the more power to you. But I avoid them like the plague. Soft sole of the sneakers work best for me.

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I was reading in this forum for ideas to help with PF as I was frustrated that almost a year later I was still having flare ups. I found out that PF can last for about 3-7 years! I also read that several people wear Birkenstocks to help. I used to have a pair but had given them away as they didn't wear out, but after 10 years I was tired of the style. So I went out and bought two new pairs (one for inside the house and one for outside wear) and my flare ups are few and far between. Don't get me wrong, I still have them once in a while, but they don't last as long either.
Thanks team for the sound advice!!

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My flares haven't really stopped, unfortunately. I had a week where there wasn't much pain but it was still there.

For me, I've found that using a racquetball and rolling my foot over that helps for short periods of time. It seems weird, but for me on the mornings that I don't get up and exercise my feet hurt more than when I do.

It hurts worse in the mornings after sleeping and I don't usually have the patience to massage my feet before I have to use the restroom that early. I know some people have suggested wearing shoes all the time, but for me that seems to hurt my feet more.



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I just found this team, have had pf for a month, and haven't been able to walk or elliptical for exercise this whole time.

I'm doing a lot of stretchs and wear good shoes all the time.

I'm wondering how long each "flare" tends to last. ???

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Thanks so much for all the good suggestions and info. This condition is new to me within the last few months and I'm trying to decide how to deal with it, short of going to the Doc. I found a pair of New Balance walking shoes that seem to fit well (after weeks of searching!) in a size 11. WOW! I never thought that I would wear a shoe that large without it falling off my heels. Also, I need a new pair of sandals for the summer. Maybe, I will check out the Birkenstock line. My youngest Sis used to wear those all the time. The stretches before bed, etc. sound like a really good idea, too. emoticon emoticon

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I've been doing PT for 2 months now for PF and am awaiting visit with doctor for a related heel spur in mid-June. Let me confirm that the tennis ball and golf ball rolling is FANTASTIC for PF. Hint- put the ball in a pillowcase while rolling it so it won't roll away from you. Use tennis ball first for 3-4 minutes and then golf ball for same time frame. Really push down on the ball and "knead" your arch. You can also roll the water bottle filled with ice also, but I didn't find as much relief from that as I did the ball rolling.

Also- give yourself a foot massage where it hurts. My PT explained what to feel for when doing this. She said it feels like your crunching little rice krispies in your arch when you massage it. Start at the heel and slide up while pushing towards the ball of your foot. Feels fantastic, even when you're doing it instead of someone else.

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I have been pain free for several months now after being almost a cripple and hobbling around from room to room...and my doctor never having heard of PF telling me there was nothing to it...Here's what I did-The last thing you want to do if you are heavy is cross your ankle over your opposite knee-but I started doing it and grabbing hold of my toes and bending them backwards at the same time rubbbing the arch area. I saw this stretch on a website and tried it a few times , but it did'nt help much until I did it right before bed one night, also right before getting out of bed or after sitting for a while. I also got shoes (NB) made especially for heavy people(over 150)lbs. I f this helps anyone else please let me know. You must be consistent with it .:)

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Hi, I`m new to the team... and I`m so glad there is a team related to this! I only found it as I was searching for some kind of information to help deal with my PF. I have quite recently joined SP and I have been doing my 10 mins walking everyday (most days it ends up more). I am very glad to learn about Birkenstocks being so good for PF, I have an old pair of them and I`m going to have to dig them out to use in the house (as my slippers are not helping at all). I will have to budget a new pair for outside wear. I have found that I don`t have much pain in the mornings but more often after I sit down in the afternoon for a while and then try to get back up (that really hurts)! I hurt my foot last summer on a impromptu hiking session in silly cheap flip flops (stepped on just the right spot on a tree root that was sticking out of the ground). I just bought some inserts from my Chiropractor, but they seem to make it hurt worse! They press in just the right spot to make my foot feel like a charlie horse (I`m guessing a kind of muscle spaz). I have tried the frozen water bottle treatment and that didn`t seem to work for me either (very painful). So, If I just keep walking my 10 mins a day, will it eventually heal?

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Ended up at the Podiatrist because I fell in a gopher hole at a house. Sprained one tendon and strained the other foot's tendons. He recommended CROCSRX.com. I'm going to order from there... Also lots of ice and anti inflammatory meds.



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Hello Grrrmama,

For me what has worked well has been Birkenstock sandals. I can walk farther in those then my good runners. I swear by them. I also have had New Balance shoes. I can't remember which ones. But they were great. I recently bought $450 insoles custom made from my podiatrist and they did not work for me. Really important to invest money in good shoes. Hope this helps. Also having read a bunch of the entries it seems that people are using things ie tennis balls, golf balls, frozen water bottles and the like to roll with their foot. People seem to comment that it works well. I want to give that a try.

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Hi All, new here. Was told Wed. at the Doc that I have a serious case of Plantar Fasciitis. : I have read some of the posts here, but there are 6 pages! So, just a couple questions, instead of reading all 6 pages Best shoes for the best price? I realize good shoes are not cheap) and do you use insoles or heal seats with these shoes Thanks a bunch!

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YEA for you! I did the "test" at WalMart and was surprise at the pressure points. I think my next stop is back at the podiatrist. I need a pro to recheck my feet.



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I bought inserts yesterday for my shoes and my feet feel quite a bit better!

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I've just spent the past hour reading through a lot of the post on PF. I have had it for several years and visited docs in several states due to moves. The podiatrist here took the inserts out of the shoes I was wearing and modified it. He said to bring in the ones from other shoes and he's build those up instead of spending money on custom. (Nice guy!) The best advice I got came from an SP friend who said to roll my feet over a tennis ball every chance I could. I keep them under the dining room table and my desk and roll as much as possible. No shoes are a No No. I pay anytime I go barefoot!
I had acupuncture last year, but my insu. didn't cover it so I went until it became cost prohibitive. It was a very effective treatment. It's not in the budget right now, but I will be getting some new inserts. I am on my feet about 2/3 of almost every day - no joke. If I'm home, I'm gardening. If I'm at work, I'm on my feet the majority of the time. I have inserts in several pairs of shoes, but need new ones. Think I'll check out Wal-mart for the foot scan too. Thanks for that tip!
Lots of good advice here.
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Amazon has a huge selection of night splints---and I found an inexpensive one at CVS.

It took me a few nights to get used to it but I never had calf cramps.

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Where did you purchase the night splint? Did you every have calf muscle cramps at night?

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Of all the different therapies out there, and I tried many of them, the thing that has helped me most has been wearing a night splint. Saw results within a week and almost consider myself cured, but continue to use the splint just in case!

Also, I wear only comfortable shoes--Earth shoes or Birkenstocks or athletic shoes with inserts or heel cups.

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So sorry to hear about your bilateral achilles tendiniitis and plantar fasciitis. I had to stop walking for some time but after I started wearing Dr Scholl's toning shoes with the gel inserts, I found that to be 'my cure'. I can even walk barefoot just a little around the house once in awhile! I iced my heels in the morning and rolled the bottom of my feet on a wooden foot massager for weeks but after wearing those shoes, I can actually go walking again! I hope you find some relief from the pain and discomfort that you are in sometime soon.

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I have been dealing with bilateral achilles tendiniitis and plantar fasciitis for over a year. No doc wants to do any cortisone injections for fear of my rupturing my tendon. I wish they would do one for the PF; however, my pain in on the outside arch (where it meets the heel). I was an aerobics instructor! Now I haven't been able to workout for over a year. Gained 25-30 lbs and up 2 sizes. I work on my feet all day (in healthcare). Received cold laser treatments for my AT and it has helped tremendously! Now focusing on the PF... it is helping but is very stubborn. Orthotics don't seem to help. The doctors don't really know how to fix this cuz it's not typical "PF".

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I have had problems with my feet ever since I broke my ankle almost 5 years ago and was in a walking boot. I ended up with having my left foot in a fiberglass cast 2 years ago for the pain in my arches and I have been wearing orthotics in my shoes since after braking my ankle. Finally this summer I was pain free and was able to start to walk some again. Now my right heal is killing me and I am not able to walk or stand for very long before I am in pain. I have just had my second injection in my heal and had it taped for the third time and now I am in the walking boot again. In three weeks I go back to the Dr. and if it is not better I will be back in a fiberglass cast again and\or surgery. I just want to be pain free and able to walk and exersize again.

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Interesting article on NPR about Plantar Faciitis. Go to NPR.org and search on Plantar Faciitis. It deals with shock wave therapy.

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Here are a few websites to get you started-heelspurs.com/phdlady.htm,sportsin
juryclinic.net,mindspring.com/scottr/f
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I never heard of Dr. Scholl's plantar fasciitis inserts! My doctor told me I had flat feet~but I made a poster where I had to have lots of footprints. I put paint on my feet and walked across the paper. It seems like I have high arches as well according to my foot prints! Keep us posted!

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People don't realize how horrible and debilitating this can be. I tried to go a mile on the treadmill after I got some Dr. Scholl's plantar fasciitis inserts , my feet felt great, I am 230 lbs and 5'3" so I am wanting to lose weight bad, and was so excited that my feet felt great, I guess just too much too soon. 48 hours later,the pain set in. I put on my New Balance shoes(749)( which I have recently learned are not for heavy folks),first thing in the morning, stretch my feet and calves before getting out of bed, but I feel like I have relapsed. I found out through the paper towel test,(wet your foot and step on a paper towel) that I have high arches and that I supinate when I walk as the outside of my shoes wears faster. The New Balance 1060 series is supposed to be better as far as heavy people with my problem,I am on a limited income right now, so I have to budget for them but I think my shoes are part of the problem as they are too rigid. I will post these web sites as soon as I find them again, I also read up on heel spurs which are a result of repeated bouts with PF, and yes , they said they can eventually go away. Good Luck to every one of us!!!!

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I have used heel inserts and they helped a lot but I discovered I should not go barefoot, even in the house and if I do have pain to put on my Birkenstocks!




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Watch out-it takes 24-48 hours for the pain to set in. Thought I was pain free the other day, and now haven't walked pain free in a week,wearing orthotics, but hopefully your situation will be pain free.

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The one thing that really helped me was buying some Dr Scholls' toning shoes. I don't expect to get a firmer but or legs but I can walk without any pain now! I also bought some heels inserts and whole shoe inserts that have a gel pad for the heels. I find if I wear high heels (1-2 inches) I don't have any problems at all! I wonder why???

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That's awesome, Lisa!!

i've had my orthotics for 3 years, and i love them... the only time i have problems is sometimes if i don't wear them for a couple hours...

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Holy cow...I was able to walk/jog again. My feet were tired, but I was able to go. It wasn't pain. The orthotics are finally helping.

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My orthotics seem to be working.

I used to work out at 5 a.m. and got out of that routine. Well, lately I've been wearing my orthotics at work all day. They used to kill me when I wore them to work out in the mornings. Since I've been wearing them all day my feet are adjusted to them by the end of the day. Yesterday I walk/jogged 1.5 miles and had NO foot pain. Woo-hoo!!!!

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It's been a month since I got my last shot and my foot is still fine. My plan is to drop some more weight before the effects of the shots wear off.

After reading hundreds of posts here I think the cure for Plantar Fasciitis is an operation or dramatic weight loss. But the doctors don't like to do the operation because there may be "complications". Yet I've not read of anybody who was not helped by the operation.

My foot doctor charged me for 5 visits, 2 "devices", a brace, and a pair of orthopeodic shoes for which he charged $60.00 more than an on line shoe store. Of course he doesn't want to cure me.

I'm retired military and I usually go to the military docs but this time they sent me to an outside specialist because the mil. specialist was too far away. Call it socialized medicine if you like, but the military doctors are more inclined to want to cure you than see you continue to come back. I'm going to them if this flares up again.

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Just got back from the podiatrist...got a shot and an airboot to wear for the next 8 weeks... emoticon

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I spoke too soon about exercise. Yesterday I went for a walk...and after about 1.5 miles I was in agony. It felt like a knife slicing through my foot. I wore my orthotics and air cast for the walk...how does it reverse itself so quickly? emoticon

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Hi! I am new to the team and have had PF for about 6 months. My podiatrist gave me an injection, orthotics, and air cast. The air cast seems to do the most good. It is better, but certainly not gone away.

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9/29/10 9:37 A

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Hello, I've been reading your posts about PF (searched you out in the SparkTeams). I wanted to add my comments regarding this horrible affliction.
I have found that MBT shoes or Sketchers (the rocking chair-type shoe) have been a lifesaver for me. As well, I have my own Portable Electronic Massage System (TENS with sandals for foot stimulation). I picked it up at a Home and Flower Show. When my feet are just killing me, I sit with the electric (battery) stimulation and after 15-30 minutes, I'm a new woman.

I've had PF and a heel spur for about 6 mos and it has terminated my 3 mile per day walking program and, hence, I've gained 20 lbs. This is not good for me. I have not tried to walk my usual trail yet, but intend to give it a try very soon.

The thing I want to address is the stinking spur - does it ever go away? I feel it every time I take a step and am so discouraged. I know it is in there - bruising my soft tissues - has anyone recovered from this?

Edited by: PALMTREEGIRL1 at: 10/2/2010 (06:20)

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9/24/10 9:20 P

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Hi, I am new to this team and glad that I found you. Been dealing with this since May. Going to a specialist in a few weeks. Will let you know what he says.

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I had severe pain in my foot for almost 2 years. I could barely even stand for more than 15 minutes before I was in pain. Finally I found a doctor who performed a small operation on my foot. It's called a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection. It is a miracle worker!! All they do is take some of your blood, spin out the plasma and inject it into your foot. It took about 45 minutes and I was on my way. Within a month I had NO pain. I can even walk barefoot now!! Seriously ask your doctor about the procedure. It's a life saver and there isn't any bad side effects.

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9/11/10 1:57 A

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Hi. I'm new here, but could really use some support. I've had painful feet for years and never did anything about it because I thought it was jsut something I had to live with. I had made the decision to change my life and finally "talked" myself into training for a marathon. I worked at it for months and the pain just got worse and worse. I finally went to the doctor and she confirmed PF. I'm so frustrated because I finally got my head in the right spot to to do something for myself and then this happened. I really need to lose a good 40-50 pounds and would love to get some motivation and advice.

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9/8/10 9:51 A

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Just picked up a pair of Clarks Waves this weekend and LOVE them. I still insert my orthodics, but find them more comfortable than my "running" shoes. Plus, I can get away with wearing them to work. Second day of wear and I haven't had to pop a single Advil! Definitely worth trying on.

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8/28/10 8:17 A

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I got my third shot on thursday. The first two alleviated the pain directly on my heal but somehow it moved to the outside edge of my foot. Most days it's fine, but most days I sit at work. The weekends are hard.
I also got some orthopeodic shoes. They don't help much because I always made sure I had well fitted, comfortable shoes.

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8/15/10 1:21 A

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my feet are happier, got some good shoes today, and walked aroundthe malll with my other good ones with the new inserts, much better,

way to go girl


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8/14/10 5:58 A

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I have been sleeping in a Strassburg sock which seems to be helping, am a nurse so its hard to stay off the feet. Using my rowing machine instead of the elliptical for exercise. Improving slowly!

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I have been suffering with what turned out to be PF since mid-December. First it started in my left foot, I think after I stepped on a mini-acorn while barefoot, and has migrated to my right foot. Last week was my breaking point so I went to the doc to get an "official" diagnosis. My plantar facia was enflamed to 3 times the normal size on my right foot and 2 times on my left. So he taped me up and gave me strict instruction to take it easy. He didn't say to cut out activity completely, just pay attention to how the feet feel and if they start to hurt STOP IMMEDIATELY. I also was given a day and a night splint from a friend who suffers from PF from time to time. I have been using the night splint for the last couple of nights and while it isn't the most comfortable (I'm a belly sleeper so having your foot in the flex position all night is kind of uncomfortable) and have noticed a difference in my first few steps in the morning. The tape also seems to have helped. I went to the doctor because my pain was a 10+ on a scale from 1-10 and now it is about a 3. My insurance covers 90% of custom orthodics so I think I will get myself some. I am an avid runner so having this foot pain has been very discouraging! 2 days in and I am already noticing a difference! YAY!

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The gel inserts to cushion your foot is probably not the best for PF. I know it sounds strange because your foot is in pain, but you really should try a more structured insert for PF. I had to try a few until I found one that fit my foot in the arch correctly.

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This has been a very busy week for me. I worked 5 days straight (12 hours shifts), and a lot of it is on my feet. It makes it hard to heal, but have been using gel heal pads, and do cushion some. I think I am going to look into custom made inserts for PF. And the anti-inflammatory pain reliever has helped some, but I am not good at taking them. And yes, glad to have feet for sure!

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7/20/10 9:03 A

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Rolling my foot on golf ball for the last week has helped ! Put inserts in all my shoes. Foot feeling better. Started running a little last night. We will see.....

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