My episode of plantar fasciitis seems to have cleared up after 10 weeks.

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I have bought and have been wearing expensive shoes and insoles and diligently doing 2 sets of exercises recommended by my doctor every day.  I'm lucky in that all this seems to have worked, but I'd like to know if I can now stop the exercise regimen and wear softer shoes (still with insoles) unless I'm doing a lot of walking.  I assume I should NEVER go barefoot again.  Are there any other fortunate people who have overcome this horrible condition who can advise me?  

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    As you say some of us are lucky and find the stretching exercises work as its tight calf muscles that were the problem but that problem will come back if you stop the exercises. I do wear trainers and shoes without inserts but still use gel heel pads in my walking boots and old trainers that I use to walk the dog. Other poor souls have torn tissue, heel spurs, growths of some kind so are not so fortunate so have to resort to surgery which I consider to be the last option to be considered. I avoid going barefoot and using flipflops which I find quickly aggravate the PF.
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      Thanks for the advice.  I can hardly believe it's over, at least for now.  I'll continue with the insoles - I've even put some in my slippers!  Thanks again.

       

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    I got over my PF a year or two ago after 4 months.  Now I always wear plantar fasciitis "relief bridge" gel-heel innersole in my shoes - (that I got at Walgreen's for about $11).  Nothing else.  No exercises.  Good luck to you.

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      Wasn't it great when it went away?  I can hardly believe it and know I am lucky to have recovered so quickly.  Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement.

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    I don't think there is any hard and fast rule with this condition.  When I am barefoot I do not have a problem at all.

    Other than that I can only wear the trainers I bought from the Podiatrist who built the in soles to suit my feet.  I went out on Friday, not in pain,  in comfortable shoes (So I thought).  Couldn't walk on Saturday for the pain.

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      Zanylany. I got over my PF just using cushioning on my heels constantly (except for sleep and shower). Your insoles will help if they are very cushioning - not hard - gel insoles are best. It will take 4 or 5 months but it works. Cushion, cushion, cushion!!!
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      Hi Jerry

      Thanks for the info but I find the insoles uncomfortable and make for me the condition worse, The trainers however are great that the podiatrist sorted for me.  I have spent loads of money of gel insoles and heels to no avail.

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