Plantar fasciitis

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I have planter fascitis for several years. And for 2 years along with physical therapy, medication, steroid injection and platelet transfusion my symptoms are still worst . Does anyone recommend anything new. My last resort is surgery whuch my md thinks quote won't help me. I am only on my feet maybe 2 to 3 hours max per day. I do all the stretching etc . No relief . Please give me some opinions. Thanks

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    Malie7,

    I am one week post op from having a gastroc slide. It is supposed to relieve the tightness in my Achilles and Thus my plantar fascia. It is too early to tell but the foot specialist (orthopedic surgeon ) seems to think it is the best way to relieve tension without destabilizing the foot . I too have had the problem for 10 years and could not take it anymore. I will post in a couple of weeks

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      Looking forward to your update. 

      I haven't heard of the gastric slide option, do you mean something else or is it a stomach procedure ? 

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      What is gastroc slide. Is it a surgery or a procedure. I have the same issue pain in the heel and achilles area. More pain in heel and makes my calf and the rest of the leg painful. I tried all the possibilities except the surgery. Now Iam on lyrica for the burning in the feet. But this is not the permanent cure. Let me know how your procedure is. I know how you feel about the pain. Hope you feel better and recover fast.
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    Hi Malie,

    Have you tried;

    1. Ice bottle rolling

    2. 30mg codiene paracetamol at night (not much point 4 x a day - i take mostly at night be4 bed)

    3. Orthotics

    4. Night spints

    If nothing works maybe you need further blood testing or neurologist appointment. Its hard staying off feet getting on with everyday life though. I thought knowbody understood how it feels ;-(

    Apprently ortho shoes are good instead of orthotics. Hoka one or sketchers. Do you have high arch or flat feet?

    Good luck

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      I tried all the ones listed above except the surgery. All blood work is normal and some minor neuropathy in both foot. But Iam on lyrica for the burning. Still my stiffness and pain is there when Iam on the foot for more than 2 hours and in the early morning. But Iam suffering a lot for past 2 years.
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    Sorry to hear about your suffering. We are all different but also the same in symptoms but all I can say is having surgery ,(plantar release) was the worst decision of my life as it brought on worse symptoms that I had before.
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      My docs said no its a last resort, best wishes i think i'll try hoka one one boots

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    Hi malie,

    As our old friend Donna say's try cuhioning and cushion a bit more I find that takes away the pain with calf stretching exercises several times a day. I use gel heel pads which only cost a couple of quid on line and together with gout tablets and pain killers I am keeping the pf pain away.

    Its well worth having a blood test to see if you have gout as it is often associated with Pf, ankle pain Knee pain, its not just the ball of the foot and big toe that gout affects its the whole lower leg. Somthing to do with uric acid crystals going to the lower limps and getting in the joints causing inflamation.

    Best of luck

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    Sorry to hear you have suffered so long. 

    I agree reed with the previous posts. The cushion, orthotic option for those 2-3 hours. Although I do get fed up with wearing trainer type shoes as they make me feel scruffy. 

    I havent  tried compression socks, or reflexology. Although a friend did and said they helped. 

    I wil will need to read up on the platelet infusion. I am not sure if UK offers this. 

    I tried a bit bit of swimming recently that was different to doing the physio. It also helped my mood . 

    Hope these might help, 

    take care , we are here for you. 

     

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    Hey malie,

    Being in pain is a pain!!!

    Before you give up, suffer longer or go the surgery route, I'd highly recommend you ask about EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology)--sometimes referred to as ESWT or Shockwave Therapy. It's clinically proven, non-invasive and there's no downtime. Treatment is usually 3-5 times once per week. It works amazingly well on PF.

    If your doctor/podiatrist doesn't offer it or hasn't heard about it, find a professional who has and does.  It is so worth it.

    Wishing you all the best!

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    I am a retired physician and plantar fasciitis patient.  I got plantar fasciitis around February 2016.  After about four months, it completely resolved.  Let me tell you my story.  I have researched extensively on the subject of PF.  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 "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 treat or cure PF.

    Here's what I think.  I feel that 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."  (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 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 wear fasciitis therapy wrap padded supports that I got on the internet for about $13.  (I plan to use these until about October.)  So under my heels I have 3 cushion layers.  I wear this about 24 hours a day - except when in the shower.  And after about 4 months, the PF was totally gone.  That's what I think, and I hope that this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis.  Check my other posts - doknabox

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    doknabox:

    Thanks so much for reaching out.  I'd be happy to connect you with a podiatrist in your area--Georgia or Florida, I believe--who offers EPAT/ESWT when you're ready to learn more about this technology. It's been hugely successful around the world but, unfortunately, lesser known here. Your choice.

    I've loved connecting with people on this site who have then sought out EPAT and had great success.  Amazing feeling to help someone feel better and get back to being pain free.

    Jerry, as for your question about business? I actually don't make a dime if someone hears of this new treatment, tries it, and it ultimately works for them and they feel better.

     

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