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I've had PF for 16 years now.
Stretching, ice, taping, massage, night-splints, injections, surgery, etc.
Nothing worked. The Surgery made it 10 times worse (judged by how long I could walk before pain stopped me).
Last year I saw another specialist who thought it might be Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome - investigated that but no progress there.
A month ago I saw another foot specialist - he says there is no evidence on the MRI of PF - in fact there is no evidence that I even had the operation. This is not PF he says (after 16yrs trying to cure PF!!!!)
He says I have Extensor hallus Longus & Extensor Digitorum Longus, tendon injury. I't seems to be caused by a flattening of a the arch but not what might be called fallen arches. I'm now seeing a physio who has me on a strengthening program for the next 5 months. There are surgery options but need to go through the 5months with absoulte determination - 10minutes exercises 4 times a day for the next 3 weeks and more after that.
My experience would suggest that the diagnosis is key. I've been on other message boards where some have had the PF for 5+ years and now I wonder is it really PF for those people either. As for me .....time will tell but I would recommend anyone with ongoing feet issues to get a second and a third opinion.
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