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Posted by Susan S. on August 25, 2000 at 22:58:44:

In Reply to: Re: plantar faciatis, tendonitis, ankle posted by alan k on August 20, 2000 at 10:54:34:

: First of all rest, rest, rest. Do not walk on that foot, so much as is possible. You may need to rest for several weeks. Do not ever walk barefoot.
: Get good supportive shoes. Most people find properly fitting birkenstock sandals are the best. Drink 8 glasses of water a day, and get plenty of vitamin c, d, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and up to 100 mg vitamin B6 per day.

: Gently massage and stretch the calf muscles using your thumbs to massage, and leaning forward against a wall to stretch your calves. Rubbing the sole of the foot and achilles should be good as well. Learn proper exercises for your feet.

: Ice whenever you feel like it, but not for more than ten minutes at a time.

: Anti-inflammatory medications are good if your stomach can take it.

: Cortisone shots are controversial treatment these days as they are questionably effective and have complications like weakening the tissue of the plantar fascia, sometimes leading to ruptures.

: Get a new Doctor! An informed physician would have told you all these things already. Others like to charge for shots and surgery.

: Please e-mail me if you have any questions about Plantar Fasciits, Heel Spurs, or Achilles Tendonitis or want to know about massage and stretching techniques.

: alan k

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: : could anyone please tell me how they dealt w/the above problems. I've had 2 shots in my foot and now are in physical therapy. First I was told PF and now tendonitis, I have pain in my ankle, heel and bottom of my foot. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. I don't know who to talk to. All I know is I have terrible pain and no relief......

suggestion to get another Dr. What kind of Dr. would be best? I have been seeing a podiatrist for 4 months with no improvement.

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