I am a plantar fasciitis sufferer now for about 8 months now. It started with minor heel pain which I didn't much think about, until I started an extra seasonal job for the holidays and was on my feet for 6 hours straight 5 days a week. The pain got to be so bad that I would spend my time off in bed not moving. Getting out of bed in the morning was excruciating and I could barely walk at all. I finally went to a Podiatrist. A diagnosis, custom orthotics and 6 months later and I am still in pain every day but would guess about 50% better. My Doc thinks the orthotics will fix everything but I am willing to look into alternatives. It is sandal weather now and I have taken to putting my orthotics in my Birkenstock sandals since not wearing them results in instant pain and me not being able to walk the next day. I do also have heel spurs but am not sure what that adds to the mix. I am never bare foot as per doctors’ orders, I stretch before getting out of bed to reduce morning pain, and I limit the time on my feet. I am unable to do so many things, even going a walk or the museum makes me think ten times... I am a 45 y.o., previously barefoot walking, flip flop wearing mother of three that wants to be back to herself.