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I am a 28 year old active stay at home mom of two small children (ages 3 and 1 who depend on me for everything).
8 months ago I decided to get back in shape from having my 2nd child. I started jogging on our gravel road in unsupportive shoes. (I can't believe I did that) and when I got back to the house I had a slight twinge in my right heel but thought nothing of it since I have never been injured before. 3 months went by until I saw a chiropractor who specializes in plantar fasciitis. I saw him for 2 months. I was getting worse and the PF started coming on in my left foot so he recommended I start physical therapy.
At physical therapy we did the normal calf raise, stretches, bike etc. and we also used an ultrasound machine on my heels. After that, my condition worsened tremendously. Something about the vibrations in my heel, aggravated it so much, I quit going to physical therapy.
I was then referred to a podiatrist. We did cortisone injections (which gave me 24 hours of relief). Heel cups, customized orthotics, x ray (I swore I was walking on two broken or fractured feet). He then put me on a heavy duty steroid, which was the only relief I had had for several months. (I couldn't sleep worth a lick and it definitely messed with my emotions, but I didn't care, I was pain free!) once off the steroids the pain came back with a vengeance. I then went to my medical doctor.
My medical doctor did blood work on me (all came back normal except for low vitamin d levels) and she had me get an MRI done on my right foot. It showed thickening of the plantar fascia and bone marrow edema. We immobilized both feet (2 walking boots and crutches). I got so weak after that. My kids and I had to move in with my grandparents and I was crawling everywhere I wanted to go. I felt like my body was a prison.
I then went to a sports medicine clinic at a university a couple hours away and she confirmed it was plantar fasciitis. At that time I lost feeling in two of my toes on my left foot.
I am currently icing multiple times a day, using heat multiple times a day, rolling my calves out, rolling my feet out, receiving deep tissue massage 3 times a week. (We had to hire a nanny who is an athletic trainer, huge blessing.) I am wearing a night splint, taking ibuprofen multiple times per day. I am receiving cranio sacral therapy for pain, applying essential oils, taking herbs such as cats claw, camu camu and MSM + C powder, rolling my feet on a frozen water bottle, doing yoga, Pilates, stretches, I bought 4 pair of extremely expensive shoes. I am still in SO MUCH PAIN. I have been having breakdowns where I can't stop crying.
I am now not under anyone's care, I have hit a dead end on every physicians care that I have seen. This has been the most frustrating, debilitating thing I have ever experienced. I literally do not know where to go from here. 😭
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