Can gel insoles make PF worse?

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I have had PF for over three years now. I have tried many insoles and am struggling with pain at the moment. I have a pair of gel insoles from the NHS, but are wondering if they can make the pain worse. I find, although they are soft, my foot moves all the time, ever so slightly. Anyone else have this problem? 

In general,I am so confused about which insoles might help, do the stretches make it worse, which shoes to wear....


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    I cured my PF with extreme cushioning including get insoles.  I also used the heel wraps.  My vote is for gel.  
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      Thanks for your reply Jerry, I'm trying cushioning insoles at the moment. Both feet are very painful though. Just been to the supermarket, can't stand to unpack the shopping! Hopefully the insoles will help! 

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      Dawn, let me write here a copy of what I've written before on this forum:  

      I am a retired physician and plantar fasciitis patient.  I got plantar fasciitis around February 2016.  After about four months, it completely resolved. 

      Here's what I think.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone, and/or some minimal tearing of the plantar fascia - just a few fibers - that results, naturally, in inflammation . . .   like a "pulled muscle."   Inflammation hurts until it heals and resolves.  So what's so difficult about curing P.F.?  Well we walk on it!!!  Let's say we take 5000 steps a day.  Imagine inflammation of your elbow, (i.e. tennis elbow).  Imagine taking your sore "tennis elbow" and wacking it against the wall, 5000 times a day.  Think it would heal quickly?  I don't either.

      So my cure for plantar fasciitis is cushion, cushion and cushion!!!  That's right - cushion the heel.  Here's what I did.  First, I wore the plantar fasciitis "relief bridge" gel-heel innersole in my shoes - that I got at Walgreen's for about $11.  Make sure your innersoles are soft and preferably made of gel.  (I plan to use mine indefinitely in my shoes.)  Then I wore a pair (usually) of nice thickish sox.  On my heel I wore fasciitis therapy wrap padded supports that I got on the internet for about $13.  (I don't wear them any more.)  So when I had my PF, under my heels I had 3 cushion layers.  I wore this about 24 hours a day - except when in the shower or swimming.  And after about 4 months, the PF was totally gone.  And I would suggest to you, have patience, not surgery.

      That's what I think.  I hope this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis.  

      Dawn, Good Luck to you, doknabox/JerryR


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