Hi all. I am 30yo woman that's been struggling with bilateral PF for about a year. After changing shoes didn't help, I finally started seeing a podiatrist about two and a half months ago. The first round of steroid injections helped, but two and three didn't make a difference. Been wearing the night splint on the more painful foot for a while and haven't noticed a difference with that. Started physical therapy about six weeks ago and started feeling better for about a week, so my PT exercises were progressed (about one week ago). The last few days were suddenly excruciating. I can't walk without sharp shooting pain- worse than before. I feel so hopeless about this right now because I wanted to avoid surgery or the shock wave therapy due to cost. Have you all ever noticed pain after changing a PT regimen? What more can I do besides wear supportive and comfortable shoes, use anti-inflammatory daily, night splint, ice, and physical therapy?
Hi Nattleskat. 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. (I plan to use them indefinitely in my shoes.) Then I wear 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. I would suggest to you, have patience, not surgery.
Nattleskat, that's what I think. I hope this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Good Luck to you, doknabox/JerryR
Hi there I'm going through exactly the same as you I've been having physio now for weeks and acupuncture. I brought expensive orthotics had strong medication and I'm still suffering. I'm currently wearing Birkenstocks with a slight relief of the pain. How are u doing now ?