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Old 01-04-2008, 03:11 AM   #1
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I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Hi, everyone. Just registered. I found your site specifically by Googling for it, the reason being, I need relief from the painful condition of plantar fasciitis.

I have had it since late 2003 and it has gotten worse ever since. I have been to a number of local doctors in the past, and all they could do was steroid injections, which only made my problem worse.

I am now seeing a specialist about it and she has been absolutely worthless. I have tried braces, taping, heels, stetching, and every measure I know (save surgery) to treat it, and nothing works.

I have now pretty much accepted that nothing can be done, but I am here hoping I am wrong. Painkillers really don't work on it since it's so severe and localized. I need some relief! I need some help!

Thanks for your time.

Rusty

 
Old 01-04-2008, 08:29 AM   #2
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Rusty,
PF is tough to deal with. I have had it off and on for two years, both feet. Just thought I would pass along a few things that have worked for me. Icing has been a great help - take a frozen water bottle and roll your foot over it. Does, help with the pain. Also, I never go barefoot, and until I committed to that, I was not getting any better. I wear shoes of some type all the time. Orthodics are a funny thing, and they really need to be made by a person that knows what they are doing. Have you tried to find a local shoe store that can actually fit you and work with you for your PF, I know that I have had some luck with that as well. Sorry, I can't remember if you said if you tried the night splint.-- they are some what of a pain, but do help by keeping a stretch on your foot. Good luck.

 
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:39 AM   #3
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

I would first change doctors and keep changing until one can help or at least tell me something that works. The only thing I have found that helps my heels/feet are those squishie rubbery kind of inserts that Scholls makes but I certainly do not have the constant pain you seem to be under. It is a very painful condition. Sorry.

 
Old 01-04-2008, 06:08 PM   #4
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Im young, only 21 but have always had flat feet and foot issues. When I was 19, playing college soccer, I tore my arch during a game. I heard it snap and I went down. I couldnt really miss the season, and continued to play on it though I could barely walk. After the season ended a month later I had an MRI, where they found a large tear in the PF, and also one in the Posterior Tibial Tendon, which helps support the PF. I was in a walking boot which helped for a while, but as soon as i started to train again it got worse. Within a couple years it got progessively worse. I couldnt run, and even being on my feet and work would cause extreme pain.

This summer we saw all the top orthopedics and podiatrists in the Chicagoland area. The first few suggested Extracorpreal Shockwave Treatment. Its a noninvasive procedure where your foot is placed against a balloon-like object, and uses shockwaves to "trick" the body into thinking theres new trauma and encourages healing, while breaking everything up (similar to what is used for kidney stones and such). It can be done at low doses while awake over a few visits, or a high dose once while knocked out. We were told by another doctor that this wouldnt work on scar tissue, and seeing as it was new and wasnt covered by insurance, would cost about $5000.

Instead, we were told about another procedure called Topaz. Its not new technology, but new for treatment on the PF. Its done under twilight sleep/sedation. Usually small incision is made (less than 1"), and a "wand" is inserted into the tissue in a gridlike pattern and small amounts of tissue are removed as a light dose of radiofrequency energy is directed into the tissue. It encourages bloodflow to the area and promotes proper healing. My surgeon was able to do it without incisions, but poked small holes and the wand was inserted through the skin, which meant no stitches or anything. I believe they usually do about 15 or so holes, but since my case was bad my surgeon did it on 3 areas, so i had bout 35-40 holes. They put suture tape over the holes, and then wrapped it. I was on crutches for about 4-5 weeks, and in a boot for 6 weeks, mostly because I was at college and had to walk a lot, but usually it is much less. I think most people are only on crutches for a week or two. I had my surgery the last week of August, and by October was able to walk long distances without pain, and lower impact workouts. By November/December I probably couldve been back to full workouts, but I havent been able to do so because of another unrelated surgery. I got scanned for custom orthotics, which actually just arrived today, so I'll have to start breaking those in. We're extremely hopeful that this will work, as we didnt like the info we were given regarding the PF release, or full reconstruction.

If I were you I'd try and find a doctor specializing in PF, and possibly either of the above treatments. I'd also look into getting custom orthotics if possible. Either way, good luck, and let me know if you'd like any more info on it.

(sorry this was so long)

 
Old 01-06-2008, 05:01 AM   #5
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

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Rusty,
PF is tough to deal with. I have had it off and on for two years, both feet. Just thought I would pass along a few things that have worked for me. Icing has been a great help - take a frozen water bottle and roll your foot over it. Does, help with the pain. Also, I never go barefoot, and until I committed to that, I was not getting any better. I wear shoes of some type all the time. Orthodics are a funny thing, and they really need to be made by a person that knows what they are doing. Have you tried to find a local shoe store that can actually fit you and work with you for your PF, I know that I have had some luck with that as well. Sorry, I can't remember if you said if you tried the night splint.-- they are some what of a pain, but do help by keeping a stretch on your foot. Good luck.
Thanks to all for replying.

Maggie, my case is very severe, rest assured! And it's in just one foot (the left) and that foot appears sunken and swollen a little. It hurts constantly. I've tried foot baths and such, never a cold water bottle. But usually those kinds of treatments just don't phase me. Even massages barely make a difference.

I had it easiest when my foot was taped and it took stress off the foot, but the tape came off by the end of the night. The brace did nothing except for one day. Nothing works. My next step is to get another doctor and get fitted with special shoes. I have heard good about that, but everything people have said is sort of telling me nothing will work but surgery.

Has anyone had the surgery? I've been told it is not 100% and can very easily make things worse.

 
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Rusty,
I have also taped, and did new tape every day! That will help till you find the new doctor. Good luck

 
Old 01-06-2008, 02:05 PM   #7
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

hi...i had plantar fascitis from a car accident - tried a lot of things...what finally worked (took about 9 months until i could stop) was taping every day - - i had to get this spray from an ortho that coated my skin because the tape was so damaging - but it was worth every taping! AND, clogs. Absolutely - clogs. Wooden soled. I wore them and only them without fail. Maybe this can be of some help - s

 
Old 01-06-2008, 10:37 PM   #8
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Thanks, folks. I'm learning a lot!

I'm in so darn much pain, even now as I post this from work. I'm going to write this down and get back to my specialist. Only thing is, my income bracket is low, and there is only one foot doctor on my program. Still, she recommended sending me to get a second opinion since she could see I was not happy with her. I don't know how I shall do it, but this unbelievably nagging pain must stop! I'm so frustrated with this!

 
Old 01-07-2008, 05:35 PM   #9
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Rusty,
Sorry to hear that your having severe PF and it won't go away. I can relate to that. I've got it in both FEET.

I'm on my feet all day everyday at work. What helped me at least be somewhat able to walk and be comfortable was changing shoes. The podiatrist had me buy a running shoe with a supportive arch and put in superfeet over the counter orthotics for more support. I was wearing running shoes and sandals that had no arch support and didn't realize it.

Then I stopped going barefoot except to get in/out of bed/shower. I hate this and wish I could go barefoot again sometime. Plus I go to PT weekly and get ultrasound and massage and do the exercises that they gave me, especially streetching the calves and the foot itself.

I can't figure out why this doesn't go completely away but at least I can walk. In the beginning I was in such severe pain that I couldn't even stand on my feet. I also use ice like others said to bring down the inflammation.

I just got custom orthotics and trying to get used to these are killing my feet again. I'm up to 4 hours/day and then back to the superfeet. And continuing PT, no barefoot, and ice.

I hope something works for you.

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Old 01-09-2008, 06:22 PM   #10
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Rusty,

Hi, I suffered with it for 2 yrs or so. I finally had the surgery Planters Faciitis Release and it is as if I never had it. Now I just can't wear some of the shoes I used to wear because the arch is lower now.

Have you tried a Camwalker? That will help in giving you some relief for a while. Kind of cumbersome and you need to make sure you don't twist your knee but its great. I am now using on on my other foot for bursitis. I have fibromyalgia so I get lots of issues.

Also, it really took me a while to recover from the surgery, other folks didn't have the problem, mine was probably the fibro.

Good luck and get it over with if you can, before the good weather gets here!

CAthy

 
Old 01-11-2008, 05:22 PM   #11
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Hey. My husband had a severe case in both of his feet about 7 years ago. He tried all kinds of things as well. He finally had the surgery in both of them, and hasn't had a problem since. His feet never hurt anymore. He's very very glad he had it.

 
Old 01-12-2008, 04:35 AM   #12
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

I had this very painful condition about 15 years ago. I know the suffering you're going through. Its horrible. I want to share what helped for me. First, I started wearing Birkenstocks, and haven't worn another type of shoe since. They're great. But the thing that really helped me were stretches . You stand on the edge of a stair step with only your toes on the step. Then you stretch your heels downward until you feel your calf muscle stretching out. Do this frequently throughout the day. I got very fast relief with this and the stretching of the calf muscle feels great. I hope this helps, and I hope you're feeling better soon.

 
Old 01-12-2008, 04:49 AM   #13
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I had plantar fasciitis in both feet. 4 years ago, I had Extracorpreal Shockwave Treatment. At the time my insurance covered it, although a month after the procedure my insurance company stopped covering this procedure so I lucked out! I feel great. I can get out of bed in the morning and walk immediately (unlike before the surgery). I still wear orthodics in whatever shoes I can fit them in but am able to wear sandals and heeled shoes too, which would have been too painful prior to the surgery.

 
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I was told to stretch daily especially before getting out of bed using a tennis ball. My podiatrist said NOT to hang my feet off of a stair or other edge as that can cause more tears in the Plantar Facitiis and make it worse. Instead I was told to stretch the feet and the calves by standing on an incline like a small ramp or something and leaning forward and then doing these while bending the knees some. Also stretching the feet by putting heel on the floor and the foot up against a wall and bending the middle part of the foot, the arch.

 
Old 01-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #15
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Re: I have plantar fasciitis and it won't go away!

Okay, guess I'll have to be the first reply to come down in favor of surgery!

I was pretty much in the same condition as you are; plantar fasciitis in my right foot getting worse all the time and not responding to any treatment methodology my first or second podiatrist tried to help me. Cortisone shots, sleeping with a night splint for months on end, stretching 4x per day and melting enough ice on it to sink the Titanic. Walking was painful, stair climbing was an exercise in fighting back the tears and I had to abandon almost all of my athletic activities. I had enough and was willing to go for an open fasciotomy.

The day after the surgery I could tell the fasciitis pain was gone even though the post-surgical pain was very high. Within a month my surgical pain was down to the point where it was much better than having plantar fasciitis and I continued to improve over the next 5 months where I wound up totally pain free and able to resume all activities.

Surgery is your choice. If it should go badly, you could wind up in worse condition than you are now. If it goes well (and the odds are with you regardless of the number of complaints you read on message boards) then you'll be very glad you did it.

Good luck!

 
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