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I have had this in BOTH feet since the beginning of March, I saw a Podiatrist, who put inserts in my trainers, but all they did was make all my toes go extremely numb! When i saw him again, he said that my condition was Chronic, and he would contact my GP, and get him to refer me to see a Specialist at Winchester Hospital. I am awaiting my appointment, but have had to get crutches from my local Hospital`s Physio Dept, as I can hardly walk now. Has anyone else had this condition, that has gotten to the Chronic stage in such a short time?

 

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    Hi Barbra, I had really bad PF a few years ago.  Ended up walking with sticks and seeing sports physio.  I discovered Aircast airheels.. Google them.  Not cheap but worth their weight in gold.  Work by having two cushions of air.   one under instep and one around Achilles Heel.  Not pretty.  I wear mine under socks and as I wear trousers that is fine.  Also make sure I am wearing either trainers or good walking shoes.  Also important to make sure Achilles Tendon and calf muscles don't get too tight as all connected with plantar fascia.  I wear a pedometer and try to walk between 7,000 and 10,000 steps pe day.  Although pain free T present I go nowhere overnight without taking my air heels and a night splint with me just in case.  It is an awful condition and in my view not really taken seriously enough.  I got no support from my GP and trawled the internet myself to find a solution.  Good luck.   shoes
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      Thankyou for replying! Thats bad that you get no support from your GP! Mine is brilliant! My hubby has made me an appointment to see him tomorrow evening at 6, as I am literally on my hands and knees come evening time! Also, the Podiatrist that I saw was very thorough, unfortunately, I am too bad for any injections, etc to have any effect. So I will Google the Aircast heels! Thanks once again x
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      All I can say is that they work for me.  If you try them I hope they do for you too.  I tried one first but had to get second as felt lopsided.However, I knew that the one worked.  Only need to wear them intermittently now.    Make sure I walk regularly but obviously that was not possible until I was able to alleviate the pain woth the aircast airheels.    Good luck! 
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    I  have Barbara. It began in both feet but the s econd time I rolled the frozen bottle of water under them it totally went away just like magic in my right Foot. Unfortunately, I have had it in the left foot now for 10 months! And it is aggravated due to poor circulation that I have and that leg and excessive swelling. it has affected my total quality of life. It's gone from a 10 to maybe a 1 now. I can't even get that foot in a shoe...I have had to cut down a Croc bc at least they cup your heel and your heel isn't just flat in them. But now I can barely shuffle around even in those. I have had to buy a mobile scooter to go anywhere out in public. I can no longer cook dinner for my family and have to have help to grocery shop, or I just give someone a list to pick up things for me. Now I suffer from depression,  but who wouldnt? I finally have an appt with a Podiatrist tomorrow but truthfully have doubts about him helping me after reading all the info on the internet. Everyone seems to be different and there's no 1 cure. And even surgery and injections don't work half the time. 1 thing got my hopes up...I periodically get cellulitis in this left leg and I have to take an antibiotic to clear it up. Well recently it's gotten infected again and I began to take some antibiotics but only had enough for 3 or 4 days but I took them. I noticed after about one day my he'll begin to feel better as far as the tenderness and soreness of it. I was able to walk better 

    and I know it must be attributed to the antibiotic! So I have called my doctor and they have called and they need a prescription for antibiotics and I can't wait until they get here because I feel like it's going to make my he'll finally feel better.

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      Aww Bless you! I can only wear Crocs, I went to a posh do last month, and wore my lowest heel shoes,(1.5") I took them off for a while later on in the evening, and when I went to put them back on, well, I felt like the Ugly sister trying to cram her big fat foot in the little shoe! Needless to say, I ended up taking a VERY slow walk back to our hotel room, trying not to walk like I had messed myself!!sad I am a Cook, so am on my feet all of the time, but when I get home, I sit with my feet in a foot spa that my daughter let me borrow. My ankles are massive, and first thing in the morning, they feel exceedingly weak.   I really hope that the Antibiotics help your feet,
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    Sorry...I typed that long reply with my phone and it kept messing up some of the verbage but I hope you get the jest of it....the last part should have said that they are calling in antibiotic so I can start them again. After I took them for 4 days my heel felt better but then I ran out and it all came back in a couple of days so I feel like that leg keeps mine so aggravated in that foot. 
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    I'm surprised you work! I could never work like this. I mean I was basically bedridden for about a month till I tried the Crocs. If you can work you are blessed.
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      I can`t afford not to work! I work in a Monastery. The Monks know I am struggling with my feet, and help out whenever they can! I do try and put my feet up whenever I can at work, I start at 8am, and finish at 1.30.

      The first Podiatrist told me not to wear my Crocs, and the 2nd one told me to wear whatever I can tolerate. Crocs it is!

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      Wanted to let u know I'm taking an oral steroid for the past 3 days along with the antibiotic for the bad circulation leg that has the PF foot (hard to describe that..lol) and the raw tenderness and sensitivity is gone. Interesting huh? Maybe better than a shot. I'm going to invest in a pair of FitFlops brand clogs that I read about from other PF patients and going to get an aircast airheel boot. I thank God for just that tiny bit of progress and everyone supporting each other on here. The Dr said I'm not a good candidate for surgery so...the battle continues until God heals me. 
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    Hi Barbra, I completely feel for you. I have had plantar fasciitis in both feet now for 2& a half years. I also suffer with burciitis , tendonitis and pinched nerves.

    i have had numerous steroid injections in both feet, some under ultra sound. Unfortunately none of these worked. I then saw a specialist who wanted me to have laser surgery. I was later told that I couldn't have it as the machine was in the Antarctic. Then she made got me insoles which like youself they hurt. I then went to a specialist shoe shop and spent £170 on a pair of shoes, these eased it a little for about 2 weeks. I was then sent to a podiatrist who yet again sent me for more injections. Aftermany more appointments with my GP I was put on the list for electric shock therapy. Then I was told it wasn't on available on the nhs. I changed my GP and told the new one that this condition was having a real effect on my depression. She sent me to see an othapeodic surgeon. The surgeon agreed that my calf muscles were too tight. Therefore he wanted to release them in the hope that my plantar fascia  would loosen. I had this operation 8 weeks ago now. I was told that the relief would be   Straight away, wrong. I have seen the surgeon several times now as my left knee is now bent and very painful too straighten. It has done nothing for the pf. I have come away from the operation worse off. I am having physio which isn't helping as I have been doing the same stretches for the past 2 years. I am due to see the surgeon again in 3 weeks.

    anyone who suffers completely understands what we go through on a daily basis. I am only in my early thirties yet I walk and fell like an old women. I have to religh on help from my friend to get the kids to school for me. I can't do too much in the day so that I can work my 4 hours in the evening. Yes on my feet, which is extremely painful but unfortunately I do not qualify for sick pay and I have bills to pay.

    sorry for the long reply, it's just a relief to speak to people that understand as many people don't have a clue 

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      Oh my! You have been through the mill Lianne! What a shame the operation didn`t work for you? I have read that the injections, etc didn`t work for people, but you are the only one who I know has had the operation. Can I ask a few Q`s about it please? How long was the op? Were you in hospital for long? Were you put in a plaster cast after? I really hope you get some help/answers when you see the Surgeon in a few weeks. xxx

       

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      No I don't mind at all. That's why I joined this group, so we could all help each other or just to understand.

      the operation itself was just under an hour. The surgeon did both legs at the same time, cutting about 4 inches across behind the knee. I was in hospital for only a few hours. Both legs were heavly banadged for 3 days. I then had the stitches removed after 10 days. I was hoping to be off work for only 2 weeks but I suffered a lot of internal bleeding and therefore was off for 6 . 

      I will let you know how I get on when I see the surgeon next. Good luck and I hope you find something which eases it for you xx

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      I feel you lianne1981. This is the worst thing since childbirth. I'm older than you but my quality of life is like an 80 yr old. People visit me in my bedroom bc that's where I am...trying to put that leg and foot up. I believe God can and will heal me....but I just don't know when. I think He overestimates my strength bc I am close to the edge. Its just unbearable and so unfair. 
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    Hi Barbra,

    I really feel for you. It's bad enough having problems with one foot never mind both :-(

    I'm currently under going the investigation into mine, but thankfully I only have difficulty with my right foot and not both. Although from what I have been reading that it is possible to have this kind of problem in both feet.

    I'm sure someone will be able to give you their own personal experience of having the problem in both feet.

    I hope you get this sorted out asap!

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