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Old 06-12-2014, 12:29 PM   #21
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Mine acts up after days of barefoot living around the house. Still use special shoes for going out with good success. It is now 15 months since the injury.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:50 PM   #22
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Mine acts up after days of barefoot living around the house. Still use special shoes for going out with good success. It is now 15 months since the injury.
I can't walk barefoot either, even in the house. I bought a cushy mat for the shower so I wasn't standing barefoot on hard tile.
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Old 06-12-2014, 01:09 PM   #23
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While happy to find Telic footwear ten days ago, which helped a lot, I was still hobbling around after a month.

Finally went to the foot specialist. Doc says I have two small-to-medium heel spurs (one is worse than the other) and plantar fasciitis. He prescribed stretching exercises for the feet (and icing) and described other options (such as wearing a boot at night that stretches what needs to be stretched, and shots to the heel.)

Got the shot in one heel and experienced relief right away. He does a series of three shots (if needed). I think I'll opt for the shot to the other foot also and we'll see how things go. This seems like the appropriate emoticon:

I'd be interested in comments if you care to post. For example - if you got the shot or shots to the heel - did it last?

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My sympathies! I have not had that condition since 2001-2002, but I was utterly miserable with a severe case of PF and Achilles tendonitis; I was almost unable to walk at all for about six months or a year. Custom orthotics, good supportive shoes, ice, gentle stretching, and most of all, resting my feet, helped me to recover.

Like Alan, I can perceive the slightest twinge that might indicate a return of this condition. So when I do feel that, I start applying the measures that helped me way back then. I have had no recurrences.

I spent $1200 on shoes that year. Switching (good, supportive) shoes from time to time seemed to help. I never went to a doctor or got a shot because I was too chicken.
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I had a bad case a few years ago. I used the boot to stretch gently and got custom orthotics. That did the trick, and it hasn't recurred. I weaned myself from the orthotics and eventually stopped using them altogether. They were great for healing, but long-term use makes the feet weak.
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I had a bad case a few years ago. I used the boot to stretch gently and got custom orthotics. That did the trick, and it hasn't recurred. I weaned myself from the orthotics and eventually stopped using them altogether. They were great for healing, but long-term use makes the feet weak.
I don't use them any more either. But I still wear only good, supportive shoes that I know work for me (certain models of New Balance and Birkenstocks, in my case).
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Ditto on the shoes. I also have had a couple of bouts with this painful condition and have super high insteps making me more likely to have a recurrance. The helpful podiatrist I visited had some practical advice after doing x-rays and exams....

Wear Dansko clogs (the professional model) or chacos (if you MUST wear sandals) even around the house. Avoid barefeet on hard surfaces, ice injuries and use OTC anti-inflammatory to relieve swelling. Be patient - this can take months to heal.


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As soon as I started using hard plastic arch supports in my everyday shoes my PF went away.
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I'm dealing with PF in my left foot and Achilles tendonitis in my right. I laid off water aerobics for a couple of months and swam laps. I went to my podiatrist. She prescribed a cream to rub on twice a day for pain and to reduce inflammation. I also got the boot to wear at night. I went to physical therapy for 6 sessions. Both doctor and physical therapist said it was OK to return to water aerobics, so I did. I thought we were making some progress with the PF, but not the Achilles tendonitis. So now the doctor said to stop all exercise and physical therapy. I got orthotics to wear in my shoes when I go out and a walking boot to wear whenever I am at home. I know people have real problems, but this is really bumming me out. I'm going to have 2 of my grandsons all next week. Was really hoping I'd be all well by then.
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It's threads like this that make me realize the ache's pains I've had lately might have a name. I've woken up with heel pain the last few months. I assumed it was just due to getting older. After some googling I realize it's probably PF.

I'm going to try the stretches before getting out of bed. So far it's not debilitiating... but I do look funny hobbling those first few steps out of bed.
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It's threads like this that make me realize the ache's pains I've had lately might have a name. I've woken up with heel pain the last few months. I assumed it was just due to getting older. After some googling I realize it's probably PF.

I'm going to try the stretches before getting out of bed. So far it's not debilitiating... but I do look funny hobbling those first few steps out of bed.
Yep, same symptoms I had

Before going to bed you might try icing the heel, I used a frozen bottle of water to roll my heel on in the evening. Doc told me not to do any stretching exercises after icing so do it late on.

I also wear Crocs around the house rather than barefoot, another recommendation from Doc that seems to work.
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I only use my flip-flops for swimming at rocky beaches. Too cheap to buy crocs.
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