Plantar fasciitis

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I have plantar fasciitis. It is extremely painful. I bought some insoles for my shoes/trainers and the pain I get is so bad. I am trying so hard to wear them but not sure if this is a good sign for correcting my foot. I also purchased a strap for my foot while exercising and that really hurts too. I am trying to find out if this is the same symptoms for anyone else. Should I stop using these items or is it correcting my foot. Please any advice would be really appreciated. 

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    Dear Sparky,

    Yes PF is indeed very painful as though you have trodden on a nail and its stuck just in front of your heel, It can extend along the sole of the foot to the ball of the foot but mine was always in front of the heel. Immediate relief can be had by rolling a frozen can of beer under the sole but this only numbs the pain and does nothing to get rid of it. Warm foot baths followed by calf stretching exercises for a month was the only cure in my case but using gel heel pads in my trainers enabled me to walk and carry on working. Gel heel pads are only a couple of quid on line so you can have them in all your footwear.

    PF can be due to just old age tightening the calf muscles which then strains the PF of it can be due to injury to the pf due to running or jumping tearing the ligaments in which case rest is essential for the tissue to heal before you start stretching exercises. You will find that if it was due to old age you will have to carry on with the exercises and the gel heel pads or it will keep returning.

    Hope you find this helpful and remember surgery is the last option if all else fails. 

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      Thanks for your quick response the information you gave me was really helpful. I still have one question and I'm not sure if you can help me. Basically I purchased some special insoles for my shoes and also a strap support to use only at the gym. My concern is that when I use them for long periods it seems to make my heal more painful. Do you think this is normal and is correcting my foot and should be used for as long as possible even though it hurts or should I only use for short periods. Thanks again for your help.

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    Pain is the body's way of telling you 'Don't do that you are damaging me' so the insoles you have would not appear to be helpful, they normally cushion the heel and transfer weight to the sole so taking pressure off the inflamed area around the heel. The strap is for stretching exercises to stretch the calf muscles so any pain should be felt in the calf not the inflamed Pf or heel so your problem may be damaged tissue rather that tight calf muscles so rest and cushioning are the only solutions unless you want to try painkillers, I found Indometicin the most effective as it is for inflamed ligaments.

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      Hi again thanks for your advice. I have started trying a few things you suggested. Let's hope it does not last too long. 

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    Don't expect any relief for at least a couple of weeks as it takes time for the inflammation to subside, as I said ice is the only quick relief but not the cure. I have not had any pf pain for a year but I still stretch the calves and wear the gel heel pads when walking far. Plenty of other pain in the Knee and now the elbow after doing some DIY, used to be the muscles that hurt but theses days its the joints, bloody nuisance getting old.

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