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Plantar Fasciitis


I am new to this forum. I was diagnosed as having Plantar Fasciitis in both feet (with one being worse than the other) nearly 2 months ago. I do think I had it long before it was diagnosed but just put the pain down to being on my feet too much. Firstly I tried insoles in my shoes to relieve the pressure. I've recently tried a course of Naproxen (Anti Inflammatory) which also didn't work.

I am now on a waiting list for a steroid injection into the worst foot, the wait apparently is approx 1 month.

Has anyone had the steroid injection? Does it work?

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  • Susi Susi


    Sorry to hear that you suffer from plantar fasciitis and that you are waiting for treatment.

    I had it for nearly a year until I went for 10 sessions of acupuncture and I was given the following gel inserts that really worked and were a great relief. Now I have been pain free for around 5 years.

    Maybe you would like to try the gel inserts as well?

    Aetrex gel heel cradles - neutral cupped ( Ref: 50750 )

    Recommended for relief from plantar fasciitis or general heel pain, these heel cradles are clinically proven to absorb shock and cushion painful heels. Soft gel plugs provide relief at the most sensitive areas, while the medial extension helps support the arch. Made from a medical grade Silicone gel.

    I hope you feel better soon!


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  • Merryn12 Merryn12


    I'm also sorry to hear you have Plantar Fasciitis. I have had it for a few years now but haven't had the steroid injections. Like 'Susi' above I would reccommend the gel inserts for your shoes. I shopped around a lot until I found ones that were perfect for me. I bought some that did absolutely nothing for my feet which was such a shame so decided to splash out on some that I saw on a Plantar Fascittis forum.

    There is a really good clinical study read on their website which I would reccommend and all the other buyer comments are really positive! Google insolesbyhappyfeet - I got them in the post dead quick and I could feel the difference after only a short amount of time!

    I hope your treatment goes well and you find something to help - i know how painful it can be.


  • Bloomers Bloomers

    Hi Susi,

    I have inserts in my shoes already. Which were recommended by chiropodist I saw when I realised the pain just wasn't going anywhere.

    I will google those Gel one's that you have suggested though and maybe give them a try if the injection doesn't work.


  • Susi Susi

    Hi Bloomers,

    I also went to a podiatrist first who made me

    Inserts, but they only made my pain worse. As

    I don't believe in injections, I wanted to try a

    more natural way and was lucky to find a very

    gifted acupuncturist. She ordered me the gel

    inserts to try and Bingo, after a few more weeks

    the pain got less and less.

    I wish you all the best that you get well soon.


  • Sue516 Sue516

    Hi, Look for the video 'how to strap your foot for plantar fascitis' (or something similar to that.) It shows how to put strapping on the foot to alleviate the symptoms. It's worked very well for me, it's a cheap and easy solution...and it saved me from an injection, which I didn't want. I did put the whole of the instructions on another question....but I haven't got the time to type it all out!!

    Good luck!

  • Sue516 Sue516

    Oh, by the way....the my experience they hurt like hell, and don't necessarily do the job they were intended to do....I avoid them like the plague!!

    • jull jull Sue516

      I think it was your post that I saw which spoke about taping your foot. I want to thank you so much!!! Almost immediately I saw a difference. I also got a compression sock that I wear mostly at night. Thanks do much for your help !!!!

  • Bloomers Bloomers

    Hi Sue516. I have tried using tape for the last couple of weeks. To begin with when I used tape I wasn't in as muh pain. However, more recently even with tape and the end of the day I am walking terribly.

    I am still awaiting to hear from GP in regards to having an injection, that's the only course of action my GP has provided me with.

  • vnic vnic

    Hi - I've suffered with this for approximately two years.

    I have had both feet injected, the process is eye watering and you must stay off your feet for at least two weeks so they did mine at different times. It helped for approximately 2-3 months, I would not recommend as they are now worse than before the treatment, though I cannot say if this is because of the injections.

    I would recommend decent insoles - go to a good podiatrist and have them made, the NHS one size fits all are made from plastic and do not cushion the foot. I have used gel inserts to limited effect - if your feet aren't too inflamed they can help. Gentle but regular exercise to stretch the area is beneficial, if your foot is too inflamed my podiatrist advised against this as you can tear and damage the area more. Make sure you wear decent supportive shoes with only a small heel.

    My podiatrist gave me ultrasound which helped more but is a long process and therefore an expensive one. I'm currently back on Naproxen anti-inflammatory pills and pain killers when it gets beyond the point. There seems to be no 100% answer, if anyone has found success using other methods please do advise - the pain and discomfort can be excruciating and I would love to be rid of it.

    • sylvia26225 sylvia26225 vnic

      I suffered with Plantar Fasciitis for around 2 years and nothing helped it just got worse and worse until I could hardly walk. Eventually the consultant advised surgery as the last option.  The injections I had in my foot to numb it were horrendous and I had to have some of the heel spur gound down because it was too sharp but it worked. I have been mainly pain free for 10 years - just the odd warning shot which after exercise is ok.  Unforunately, it has come in my other foot now so the battle begins again. Good luck with your treatment. 

  • amesley amesley


    I have been diagonised with this in October last year in my right foot, i have been to the doctors on several occasions and my doctor refered me to a physio who i was then told would not look at my feet.

    On going back to the doctors as it has then developed into my left foot as well, the doctor asked me to stand on my heels in which i nearly passed out it was so painful.

    I have since been to the pedoirist who was brilliant and has advised me about getting a pair of FITflops, a pediroll and also a list of excersise, i have suffered and still suffering from sleepless nights so rung my GP who said about having steroid injections, I had my first lot last week and at the time was quite painful but now has reduced the pain for me so i would advise them if you can have them.

    I am now 5 months down the line and still struggling just hope i can get something to take the pain away as it is now effecting my confidence as i cannot walk properly.

  • vnic vnic

    Hi - I was sorry to read your comments and do sympathise, at times I could hardly walk with the pain and felt like an old woman, nothing seemed to alleviate it.

    Desperate to find any sort of treatment I came across Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). As the name suggests, it's a machine that sends shockwaves (they use something similar to destroy kidney stones) into the damaged area, stimulating the body into repairing the area and at the same time reducing the pain. I had it done 3 times once a week - each foot taking approximately 10 minutes. You don't need an anaesthetic; it's a walk-in clinic and you can drive home. Unfortunately it's not available on the NHS in my area (Hampshire) and whilst my GP wasn't familiar with the treatment he was very supportive and happy for me to try, with the proviso I report back the results smile

    The practitioner is a local Consultant Orthapeadic Surgeon who has treated a number of patients with success, he is now trying to get approval for NHS funding, I would strongly recommend him. He has a website that you may find useful

    Since finishing the 3 treatments in February, my feet are tender at the beginning and end of the day but only occasionally painful. I have been wearing a shoe with a low heel (insoles included) whereas I was always in flats before. I find driving exacerbates things so try and avoid journeys over 1/2 hour. I have only had to apply anti-inflammatory gel twice to get through the night as opposed to nightly. April should be when I see optimal results, so I'm keeping everything crossed that I continue to make progress.

    After 4 years of discomfort/pain and 2 years of different types of treatment, this is the best I have felt in a long time, you may wish to consider it, I'd certainly recommend looking into it further - good luck.

    • jeff23510 jeff23510 vnic

      Hi , I'm new to this forum and symapathise with my fellow sufferers.

      I wont bore you all with the day by day history other than to say surgery on my right foot was a qualified success. (still problems standing for any significant period). I started having problems with my left foot 3 yrs ago and after numerous consultatations, inserts and injections the consultant recommended Shockwave therapy.

      I can honestly say it was the worst decision I have ever made. Whereas before the shockwave treatment I could go for walks and use the treadmill in the gym, and suffer the consequences after, I am now in constant pain, even in bed. I now have, more or less constant, severe heel pain, which is 10 times worse than before, I cannot walk far, and the treadmill is out of the question (some might say that's a bonus!!).

      I have another appt with the consultant, and will seriousley discuss surgery.


    • jeff23510 jeff23510 juliet86

      Hi juliet86, first commiserations to a fellow "sufferer". I had 3 sessions, each 2 weeks apart, starting in early April thru to May. After the first session it wwas painful, but I had been told "this is the body starting to repair itself"!! After the second session the pain was worse, (no repair going on here then) I mentioned this prior to the third session and was told "maybe you are one of the 40% this doesn't work on, but we should complete the treatment"

      Since then I have had really bad heel pain, something I had never experienced before. Prior to the tretment my pain was mainly in the arch of the foot.

      I hate to put a downer on it, and after all, we are all different, but the tretment was a spectacular failure in my case.

      Hope you have better luck. Jeff

    • juliet86 juliet86 jeff23510

      Thank you so much for your reply Jeff! This is exactly what I was going through and the reason why I decided not to continue the shockwave therapy sessions. I hope you are managing to find more appropriate treatments and heal from this awful "disease". Thank you again for taking the time to answer and provide me with such valuable input! 

  • clio51 clio51


    I have suffered from plantar fasciitis for several years in both feet.

    I had tried many things over time.

    To your question regarding steroid injections, yes I have had them. I had them done privately at bmi

    hospital. The doctor said this will hurt, well I nearly shot off the bed I have never had anything so painful I

    instant went hot hen I had to have the other it took me awhile to build myself back up and think I only did

    because I thought it would work.

    Well it didn't!!!!!

    I've also had gel insoles, custom made orthotics, tens machine, shock wave therapy.

    Nothing s worked.

    • joycepost joycepost clio51

      Hi Clio ive had similar probs to you nothing works. my experience with the steroid injections was a little different.

      the dr who was a bone specialist best in his field in the area were i live. told me youll be fine you will walk out of here with no

      Well i sat first in the afe for a coffee for half hour. then I got up to leave and i almost fell over my whole foot had gone to sleep. it was the most wierd feeling, felt like i was walking on the bottom of my leggs with no feet, had no balance so had to be taken in wheelchair to my car.

      ok feeling came back after about 2 hours, with megga discomfort and pain, so I rested and went to bed, next morning couldnt put foot on floor the pain was so bad, was worse than before.

      to cut long story short that lasted about another day then things got a lot easier, til eventually feet wee fine no pain.

      three months down the line, the pain is back with a vengence, and I am back to my old massaging cold hot baths (feet) stretching, insoles, proper shoes.....

      I have yet to find a cure.....


  • donna32 donna32

    I've had this for 2 yrs now , I've had 4 steroids injections over the past 12 months. Dr says can't have any more . The injections were painful but it was 6 seconds of pain then done ! My feet felt slightly buried for 2 days then it was like walking on air

    Lasted upto about 3 months.

    I think an op is next for me , but I have heard about a dr in leister , that injects your own blood from arm into feet , supposed to work .. I'm looking into that NHS ,,, worth a try

  • james1991 james1991

    Hi Everyone, wow interesting experiences people have had regarding this condition. I am a 22 year medical student who is pretty athletic and has acquired this condition through repetitive athletic involvements, I sympathize with each of you, its extremely painful and I now have the condition in both feet sad. Did everything that everyone else has gone through, but not really had the condition as long, but certainly did the insoles, the physio, the conditioning, the ultrasound, the injections (yes so painful) and now heading for bilateral operation in June some time (date to be set) was wondering if anyone has actually had the operation or knows anyone who has come through it successfully especially in both feet at the same time! And how long recovery normally takes. Yes i know what the text books say, but to be honest there is nothing like someones personal experience, and who better to ask than you guys smile

    Any comments would be appreciated. Good luck to you all, I hope each and everyone of you recover swiftly.

    • nessRN nessRN james1991

      Hi James. How was the surgery? How are you now? I am in the medical field as well and I suffer this condition for a year now. I am working on strengthening my feet and legs through stretching and exercise. A lot of ice therapy.

      I used to go to physical therapy but stop because of financial problems. It really works...

    • elizabeth0816 elizabeth0816 james1991

      I have and it took me about 8 weeks to put even a little pressure on it. I just got my right foot done today after a year has passed since last surgery. I am in so much pain ,nerve block wore off in 7 hours instead of 18-24 hours like the Dr said, my leg feels internally frozen, and even though I have pain meds I'm bawling it hurts sooooo bad, I'm 20 years old and having to go through this it is terrible. Good luck with what you choose to do.

  • Jamie49 Jamie49

    Hello fellow sufferers. I used to be a runner, completing many marathons, half marathons and 10k's, I trained every day usually clocking up 10 miles a day.

    In 2010 I went out for one of my usual training runs, but at the halfway stage on the route I felt pain in my left foot in the middle of the sole. I didn't think much about this as I have picked up slight injuries in the past, however this pain sort of ached, anyway I limped home, iced the foot as normal with injuries I picked up and rested the foot in an elevated position. next morning it didn't feel so bad although there was a little pain, so stupidly, I set off for another training run, believing that It was just a niggle and I could run it off. 1 mile into the run I had to stop as I just couldn't walk and had to hop home on my right foot, the pain was severe. I iced it immediately I got home.

    Since that time 3 years have elapsed and I have undergone a number of treatments, first one was when I went to see a Physiotherapist privately and it was confirmed I had a Plantar Fasciitis injury. I was given stretching instructions and I bought a light plastic boot, sort of like a ski boot but all open at the front and it has Velcro straps on it to pull and stick and keep the foot and plantar in a stretched position with the toes leaning backwards and the pain subsided whilst this was on and I have to wear this every night in bed, it is cumbersome but effective and you do get used to it, however, in my case the pain ws still very severe when I took the boot off and began walking.

    Over the period of 3 years, I have had 6 steroid injections into the plantar faciitis where it connects to the heel, two of those were by a physio and my GP. 4 of them were done in a controlled situation in an operating theater at hospital by an orthopedic surgeon looking at my foot through an xray screen so that he and I (As I was fully alert and awake) could see the needle enter my foot and be pushed to the point of pain. To anyone going for this op, it isn't too bad, the pain is minimal and bearable, first an injection around the heel is done to completely numb the area, then the second steroid needle is inserted, which even though the heel is numbed you do feel it going in at first, then a burning sensation as the steroid is injected into the point of pain.

    As I mentioned I have had this pain for three years and it hasn't gone away, in fact it may actually be worse to be truthful, so I have been back to see another Orthopedic surgeon and he has agreed to do a direct open release of the plantar fascia origin. He told me that this is not guaranteed to be successful and that their are two nerves that have to be avoided at all costs during the op, but that at the end of the op he will boot up my foot and he said would like to get me walking as soon as possible after the op which would heal in 4 weeks, so this is what I am going to undergo as I cannot stand the pain any longer. At present I have to walk with two crutches, I cannot do anything like I used to do such as DIY, go for a long walk, stand on my feet for a period of time and in fact because of this inactivity, I have found that my weight has increased and I have put on 3 stone in weight, so this is another reason I have decided to go for the op, as I hate being overweight and this can lead to other medical problems.

    Finally, I had never heard of this condition before and I would advise anyone who has started to suffer or is suffering with it to do complete research about it before carrying out any medical actions. I don't think I would have had all those steroid injections if I had done more research, I think I would have gone to see a specialist who fits a special boot to wear to stretch the plantar and keep it stretched over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, then see how it is after the boot is removed.

    This is a very debilitating injury and is not one to be taken lightly, brushed off and ignored. It will not heal if you do not put in the time to do the exercises or wear this cumbersome footwear and you will just have permanent pain always if you do not take care of the situation methodically and systematically. This is the best info I can give to anyone.

    I will give more feedback on this site after my operation to release the plantar and tell you what the result is good or bad.

    best regards and good luck to all


    • Jamie49 Jamie49 nessRN

      After 5 years of agony I am now back to normal health thanks to a podiatrist who tailored inserts to my normal walking shoes and for my running shoes. It took about 6 weeks before the pain left me, so if you try this don't give up thinking it isn't working, it does work. My inserts were crafted by a lady in Monza Italy and she used material from the NASA space programme, which totally absorbs any kind of impact. They are wonderful things. She has helped Olympic athletes with this injury too.

    • Jamie49 Jamie49 nessRN

      Her clinic is in Monza Italy so Difficult for you to meet her. Next time I go to see her though, I will find out the name of the NASA material used which eliminates all impact with the ground when walking or running and let you know, so that you might locate a podiatrist in NY using the same material.


    • nessRN nessRN Jamie49

      Awe, please do! Thank you so much. I really appreciate it! Just came from the doctor today. I did my first shock wave therapy for PF. He also arched my insoles a little higher! Will keep you updated.

      I am feeling great! Might go for another treatment of shockwave therapy in 2 weeks!

    • joycepost joycepost Jamie49

      Jamie did you have the operation in the end??????

      as you put that you were going to be operated, but then you didnt tell us if you did or not.

      are your inserts made of a special material???

    • Jamie49 Jamie49 joycepost

      Hi Joyce

      ​No I didn't have any operations, just 6 corsitone injections directly into the plantar, but they didn't work all that well and I still had pain and couldn't walk.

      ​Yes my inserts are specially made. I had a pair made for walking and a pair made for running to go inside my trainers. The trainers had to be very basic with no cushioning as the inserts do the job. The material originates from the NASA space programe and it absorbs totally all impact with the ground, truly amazing. They cost me 150 euros each pair but honestly they are money well spent as I am cured after 5 years of agony. I will be going back to the podiatrist at some time, and will try and get the name of the material, but any good podiatrist will know about this material  I am certain.

      best regards

      ​Jamie xx

    • josephine69154 josephine69154 Jamie49

      Hi Jamie49

      I am very interested in the inserts you got and where I might get more info on them if possible. I am currently waiting on orthotics and praying they will help as like everyone else here I am in constant agony and because they are costing close to 300 euro.

      I haven't kept up my stretches mostly because of the severe pain but after reading your post I have been trying again. I do roll my foot with a bottle of ice and this helps though momentarily. It is getting me down quite a bit at the min also the fact that I need two hip replacements.

      Thank you for sharing your experience it has given me hope.

    • Jamie49 Jamie49 josephine69154

      Hi Josephine.

      I do not know the name of the material as the podiatrist is quite secretive about it, I can understand this I suppose. All I know is that the material comes from the NASA space program and was invented to stop all impact with a solid surface. Any good podiatrist will know about this material and I am certain that if you mention NASA material to him or her, they will know exactly what it is. 

      I have great empathy and sympathy with you, as I know just how debilitating it is. I never thought I would be cured of it and the pain affected all aspects of my life totally. I still do stretches of my calf muscle each day and especially before I go for a run and again on my return. 

      Do not despair, hang in there, keep doing the exercises religiously, don't miss or stop doing these. There is light at the end of the tunnel and if you persevere, it will be cured. This part of the body is notorious for taking years to heal so you are not on your own, but you will survive this, just keep saying to yourself "This to shall pass" and you will eventually be able to get on again with life. I am sorry to learn about your hip replacements, this could quite possibly be the cause of your plantar faciitis, because my podiatrist told me that one of my hips was slightly higher than the other and was causing the problem I had. The inserts changed my body movement when running or walking, so this is what cured me. Maybe when your hips are replaced your gait will go back to normal and you will then be cured too.

      I wish you all the very best, let me know how you get on, keep in contact. If I can find anything else out about the insert material I will let you know.

      best regards

      jamie xxx

  • wlamee wlamee

    Hello all, I've been diagnosed with fasciitis plantaris recently (after an 8 hour drive with only one stop - this really made it painful), and I am now doing several minutes of foot stretching exercises before getting in and out of bed.

    I am wearing my N*ke air runners whenever I can (which I didn't do normally), and they really seem to do the trick for me. Walking around a whole day and doing various (light) activities seems ok.

    I do know this is only one step in the right direction, but for me it really is a day and night difference in comfort when wearing the air-cushioned runners (maybe a set of Dr. M*rtens AirWair might have the same effect and be more acceptable in a professional environment than runners).

    I hope this might be of use to some of you,


  • ninger ninger

    Hi I have had trouble with my feet since childhood as my feet roll inwards. It is very common in my family. But the last years have been a nightmare, because i not only feel like my feet are being crushed, and hobble out of bed in the morning and find walking very painful.But i have hot painful lumps in my achilles tendon above my heel, with a terrible stretching feeling there too. I am in agony! after a short walk i limp along and sometimes i feel i cant walk any further. I have stretching pain in calves. I wonder if the actual "Achilles Tendon pain is part of plantar fasc; or something completely seperate. does anyone else have this problem? i also have crunchy painful knees and painful hip. so i guess this is all down to the misalignment of my feet? All i know is i feel like a cripple everyday!

  • arcagroup arcagroup

    I had a very bad plantar fasciitis for about a year and a half on both feet. Last month, I happened to be in Russia and had seven sessions of ESWT therapy done there for about $700. One month later, my right foot feels almost normal and the left foot feels much better then before and I started taking short walks. I also have a small electrical foot massaging machine and a portable electrical stimulation device that seems to be helping as well. I tried a few inserts, but Dr. Scholls Extra Support inserts worked best for me. I also rub my feet with penetrex cream and tiger balm to get the blood circulation going.

  • arcagroup arcagroup

    Yeah, ESWT could cure this completely or provide a considerable improvement. The procedure doesn’t work for all people, but works for many, you should definitely give it a try. Google a good ESWT practitioner in your area. One other thing to consider is to perform the procedure abroad; in some counties it is much cheaper. I paid $50 per foot per 25 minute session in Russia and had 7 sessions done over one month. My doctor said that some of his patients had the spur completely gone and not visible on the x-ray after several months after the treatment. I can’t verify this, but I experienced a considerable improvement. This is the clinic’s website where I had the procedure done -, but it’s in Russian and they don’t speak English there, so not sure if this is of any help.

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