Do I Have plantar fasciitis? Symptoms

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I'm new to this forum and was looking thru to see if I have this . It started to progress rapidly as the pain started getting worse. My pain is worse my first few steps out of bed, alleviated a little with rest but the more I walk the more my heel hurts. It's a sharp throbbing pain, so painful sometimes I can't stand it. I walk on concrete floors all day so that may be the issue.

Any thoughts ?

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    My thought is go to a reputable Dr an orthopedic if at all possible. They can tell you for sure and start you on a treatment plan. I waited 5 years after initial diagnosis and treatment and didn't follow up. Finally had surgery to correct. It will not get better on its own believe me. Go get treatment started and you'll feel better. Good quality shoes are a must as well. Good luck to you and I hope you get some relief

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      Thank you for your fast response! Is a regular practitioner ok to go to?

      I'm glad you finally got the surgery, bet it feels better.

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      It's way out of the realm of a regular practitioner. An orthopedic foot surgeon is your best bet. Not a podiatrist. My dr specialized in the area. He told me no more than 3 injections that's all he would give because of tissue damage. Between the injections ice stretching and physical therapy I did get some relief. But I was working 6 days a week and never really was able to give it a chance. So my dr said surgery was only other alternative. I put that off way too long until I couldn't go anymore. Im glad I got it done but should've never waited that long.

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      I work 7 days a week walking on concrete floors. My foot is in excruciating pain, throbbing as if hot needles are being poked thru . Also I developed some bumps that are protruding on my outside of my heel .

      were did the tissue damage come from if I may ask ..

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    hi cindy i feel your pain. You should invest in a pair of sketcher shoes as they have memory foam in them which does help. Also at the moment im doing a exercise where you stand on the bottom stair half heel off half on and pull up then down and im doing 15 a day which helps me too plus im having physio today so will let you know how i get on.

    Take care joanne

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    ive just been reading everyones responses and im quite intrigued as i was advised they dont do surgery yet my friend had an operation and it cured her and you all are stating you had an opereration. I wonder if its cuts to national health service and wonder if i can get it on private health any thought?

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    Hi Cindy,

    As my old friend Jerry has not commented yet I thought I had better chirp in with surgery is a last resort with any problem, you should try everything else first and leave surgery as a final option.

    There are many forms of PF and yours sounds like mine and I found cushioning with thick gel heel pads in all shoes gave relief after a few days with warm foot baths and calf stretching exercises. Rubbing an anti-inflamatory cream into the sole and heel should also help.

    The above are all the intial things you should try before injections which I do have in my Knee but they do not recommend for the feet or back due to possible nerve and tissue damage.

    As you say walking on a concrete floor all day could cause the problem and as you say it is worse in the morning when the calves have tightened a night brace may be the next thing to try.

    Best of luck and hope you find it goes away as quickly as it came,

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    Thank you again everyone for responding. I think I will make an appointment with a reputable foot doctor and see what they say. I def cannot continue to walk 10 hours a day with this pain .

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      I hope you get some relief. Please keep in mind im not advocating surgery. I had it and it has helped me . One person told you about the skechers. They're spot on with that. That's all I ever wear. Dr also told me no flip flops and to always wear shoes even in the house. If a dr wants to operate first thing then move along and get another opinion. Hope you get better soon

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    Cindy, 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.

    Cindy, that's what I think. I hope this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Good Luck to you, JerryR

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      Thanks Jerry !! I am trying to at least be able to cope with this excruciating pain I have that today especially has radiated to the outside of my big toe. Better fitting shoes is a must, wed I go to a foot/ankle specialist to hear their opinion and what they can offer. I will keep updated as I go to my appointment. I'm glad you finally got rid of it! Hoping the same for me.

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    Hi again Cindy,

    Your pain in the big toe sounds too familiar as that sounds like Gout which I too had as well as PF. Go to the doctor and he will do a blood test to confirm and the good news is it will go away with a course of allupurinal, the bad news is you have to keep taking them.

    Gout is a very painful swelling of the big toe and ball of the foot making it go red and it can extend along the sole to the heel and ankle.

    Its hell getting old.

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