Chronic plantar pain

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Hi,

I have suffered now for around 7 years with heel pain, This is bilateral and I have 5 release operations with no positive results, I have tried shock wave treatment, cortisone injections, you name it and I have tried it.

Over the last few months I have suffered with heel pain and Achilles tendeonities that seems to be as bad now as ever before. I spend a lot of time stretching my calfs and lower back.

Nothing helps, Currently my GP and orthopaedic surgeon are at a complete loss as to what to do.

I'm hoping that there's someone else out there that has suffered to this degree with some kind of result in the end?

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    I was diagnosed with PF about 20 years ago. I had 3 cortisone injections which did not really help then the pain just went away on its own after about 3 years. Then in November 2011 the pain came back in the same foot and just keeps getting worse. I have had 3 more injections which offered no relief whatsoever, I have carried out the suggested excercises every day, have used ice and a night splint, all to no effect. I also have various insoles in my shoes ( I should say that I only wear trainers as they are the most comfortable things I can bear on my feet.) Nothing seems to help. Walking anywhere is agony and has had a great impact on my life as I have dogs which need excercise every day. I have also recently had to give up my job as it involved long periods on my feet. I'm not having a "go" at the NHS as I was a nurse for 19 years, but I feel that this condition is not taken seriously enough. Each appointment is months apart and in the meantime I'm left in agony. At my last appointment, I took a cutting from the Daily Mail newspaper which outlined a treatment where blood is taken from the arm and injected in the heel, the person I saw had never even heard about it! I have done everything in my power to avoid bothering anyone else with this but it has completely taken over my life. The good news is that I have another appointment with a specialist tomorrow, god willing he will be able to suggest some positive treatment. Will keep you posted.
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      I would love to know what happened when u went to the specialist??? Please share any news you may have. 
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    For all of us who have had this long term, google search "baxter's nerve" or calcaneal nerve. See if your symptoms match up. Mine seem to. It is chronic heel pain that mirrors symptoms of PF. There are very few doctors that will do any surgery on it here in the U.S.  In the Uk..I don't know... I read you have a slow system. Here it is a little faster and a lot more expensive.
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    Oh no that's awful. I have suffered with it bilateraly now for 2 and a half years. I also have bursitis , tendinitis and pinched nerves . I have seen many different doctors, specialist, podiorist , etc etc. I started my treatment with exercises, followed by cortisone injections (10 in total & 3 being ultra sound guided ) then I was offered laser surgery which was then cancelled as apparantely the machine was in the antertic !! Next in line was shock wave therapy, again refused as not available on the NHS. 2 weeks ago I underwent surgery to release my calf muscles. Was told that relief would be instant. No such luck , if anything, it is worse. I really wish Drs & specialist would understand how painful the condition is and how it affects us day to day. I am now at the end of my tether :-((
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