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I am a retired OBGYN MD and a plantar fasciitis patient. I have had plantar fasciitis for about 2 months and have researched extensively on the subject. I am not a podiatrist, and I am not a chiropractor. I think most of the stuff you read on the internet is a bunch of untested crap. I don't believe in the foot exercises, the arch supports, the calf exercises, the night boots, etc. I have read on the internet (from so called "doctor" experts) that you should have firm arches . . . and I have read that you should have no arches - "walk barefoot only." I have read "apply ice," and I have read "apply heat - ice is harmful." Noone seems to have any idea about how to cure P.F.
Here's what I think. I feel plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone, OR some minimal tearing of the plantar fascia - just a few fibers - that results, naturally, in inflammation . . . like a "pulled muscle." (You may know that a pulled muscle is simply the tearing of a few muscle fibers.) 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 wacked 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 am doing. First, I have the plantar fasciitis "relief bridge" gel-heel innersole in my shoes - that I got at Walgreen's for about $11. Then I wear 2 pairs of nice athletic type sox. Between the 2 sox, I have plantar fasciitis therapy wrap padded supports that I got on the internet for about $13. But also, I sewed onto the the padded foot wraps, the back part of some thick arch cushions for a little more cushion. So under my heels I have 5 cushion layers and after about a month, I'm 95% cured of P.F. That's what I think, and I hope that this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis.
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