Plantar Fasciitis for 3 years

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Hello all,

Perhaps you can offer some advice. I have been suffering from plantar fasciitis for 3 years now and nothing I do seems to be solving the problem. 

The pain is in both feet in the heel, across the arches and also on the ball. I suffer most when standing still for anything over 1 minute. Running doesn't seem to effect me too badly but walking in a city for a long time also flares up the problem.

Over the last 3 years I have been stretching my legs and calves daily, have tried 3 different insoles, have used a tennis ball and frozen bottle on the sole of my foot but to no avail. The pain is the same regardless of the shoes I wear or if I am barefoot. I also regularly massage my feet before bed. I am fit and healthy otherwise and in very good shape.

Any tips would be really appreciated as I am struggling to see the light at the moment!!!

Thanks,

Ted.

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    Hi tedspen ive had pf for a year and a half. Ive done all what you have done. Ive even had 4 cortisone injections. 10 days after my last injection i ended up at a&e due to horrific pain. I know they say having pf feels like standing on a pebble but it felt to me like standing on razor blades. Ive never had pain like it before. Im seeing a specialist in february to see what they recommend as the pain is now in the ball of my foot as well as the heel and arch. I will let you know what they say. Take care

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      Hi kim,

      Thanks, would be great to know what they suggest. I will be going to see my doctor for the umpteenth time on wednesday to see what do do next. I will also post updates. best of luck!!

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    Hi Ted,

    It seems you have tried everything. I sell insoles for arch support and this is the only thing that I can recommend. However, someone came and tried two pairs of high quality memory foam insoles and was happy with it. Maybe if you try an arch support insole in conjunction with memory foam insoles, you will get relief at least whilst walking and standing.

    All the best

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    Hi tedspen pen I too have had  p f for over three years after trying every sort of insole and frozen water bottles tennis bottles all the  stretching under the sun .ive had two cortisone injections into heels I've had ultrasound guided injections straight into the fascia, I've had shockwave therapy acupuncture,and coblation  surgery. I think the only way is to get a proper diagnosis I've had numerous MRI scans which confirm my diagnosis  I have a very experienced surgeon who has taken care of me for the last 18 months after changing hospitals and seeing a private surgeon who specialises in podiatrist surgery,I think it helps if your surgeon knows what they are talking about . It's a hard condition to live with,I have more surgery booked to have the fascia cut as they are so tight and we have tried everything else so we'll see how it goes. I hope you get a diagnosis soon and get the treatment you need good luck x

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    I am a retired physician and plantar fasciitis patient.  My plantar fasciitis began around February 2016.  After about four months, it completely resolved. 

    Here's what I think.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the area of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone.  This begins from trauma and/or some minimal tearing of the plantar fascia (just a few fibers) that results, naturally, in inflammation which is the body's way of healing any tissue injury.  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 your 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 wore fasciitis therapy wrap padded supports that I got on the internet for about $13.  (I don't wear them any more.)  So when I had my PF, under my heels I had 3 cushion layers.  I wore this about 24 hours a day - except when in the shower or swimming.  And after about 4 months, the PF was totally gone. 

    That's what I think.  I hope this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis.  doknabox

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      Hi there,

      Thank you for the advice. I have also been attempting to cushion my feet as much as possible and have recently taken to wrapping my feet in KT tape for extra support as well as using an insole and only comfortable trainers.

      I have also been told to stretch the plantar fascia with a massage ball and I am wondering whether this will irritate the area further rather than help?

      Thanks,

      Ted.

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