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Old 09-13-2002, 06:47 AM   #1
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I have what I believe to be plantar fascitis. I've begun doing the recommended stretching excercises which have helpedl...to my surprise. I had also read on the internet about Birkenstock shoes/sandals being helpful for this condition so I decided to give it a try. I got a pair off ebay for a really, really good price. Birkenstocks are very expensive. Anyway, they came yesterday and I'm wearing them today. I know it's too soon to tell if they'll make a difference but I was wondering if anyone else had ever tried Birkenstocks for plantar fascitis and if they had any success. Thanks!

 
Old 09-13-2002, 01:12 PM   #2
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Yes, I have plantar fasciitis also & I purchased birkenstock sandals from ebay too. They do help since they have the arch support you need. I use mine around the house mostly.

 
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Old 09-18-2002, 10:28 AM   #3
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Do you remember the first time you wore the Birkenstocks? Did your feet hurt at the end of the day? The brochure that came with mine said there is a wearing in period and that a person would be using some muscles they hadn't before. The first day I wore mine my feet hurt more at the end of that day than if I had gone barefoot all day. I haven't given up on them but I wondered if that was your experience the first time you wore yours for an extended period of time.

 
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I really can't remember if I had a problem with them. I think I started out slow, maybe 30 min at a time for a few days. I bought the wrong size to start with so that didn't do me much good either. Some days they really feel hard, even now. I hope you have good luck with yours.

 
Old 09-19-2002, 07:48 PM   #5
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i wear birkenstocks for pian in the ball of the foot - help tremendously. My podiatrist said hard to find any shoes better designed for the feet than birkenstocks. Expensive--- you bet----- worth it------you bet

 
Old 10-03-2002, 08:11 PM   #6
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I had plantar fascitis a few years ago. The only shoes I could walk in were Birkenstocks. In fact I think they are the most comfortable shoes around. I did not even need a "breaking" in period. They felt great from the start. I don't know if they did anything to cure my plantar fascitis but they did enable me to be mobile during my acute phase. It has since disappeared--thank God!
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Old 10-20-2002, 04:21 PM   #7
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there is a website called heelspurs.com the people there told me about a place to order birkenstocks dirt cheap. about 1/4 of the price of buying in america. i forgot the website but if you go there and ask they will tell you.
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Old 10-23-2002, 05:24 AM   #8
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I wear Birkenstocks all the time - I dont think I could wear anything else any more. I have clogs for winter and roman sandals (several pairs of each!) for summer. The really important thing is to get the right size! If you have the wrong size then I would imagine that there would be more discomfort than if they were properly fitted and the store will be good at advising you of correct fit. I find that when I go from clogs to sandals and vice versa it takes a little while for my feet to feel "normal" again and I have developed the occasional blister but after a couple of days I feel like I dont have shoes on at all.

 
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