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Posted by Debbie R on November 02, 2000 at 15:59:06:

In Reply to: Re: plantar faciatis, tendonitis, ankle posted by Marie Jackson on September 02, 2000 at 11:35:36:

: This message is addressed to Alan K, who answered one of the messages on "plantar faciatis, tendonitis, ankle" or to anybody who can help me!

: I really have no idea as to what this "condition" is other than the symptoms I have and the fact that 3 doctors have told me that is what I have and that it will fade away within 6 to 8 weeks. They gave me antinflamatory pills and that is it!

: But to me this is new and a bit scary because I have all kinds of sensations on my foot. It all started with a little pain on the heel, then I noticed my ankle have swollen and it hurt when I walked by the end of the day, my ankle was very swollen and I was in pain but also I have sensations of "shooting pains" on my heel an side of my food, as if something inside the bottom of my foot was pulling and moving or streching, then a tinggling and burning sensation. All this to me is very new and very confusing. Thanks God now the swelling has gone, the pain almost gone as well and I consider myself a very lucky one, but the sensations of stretching and pulling and the shooting pains persist. Can somebody tell me if they feel the same, is this a characteristic of this condition? How do they get rid of it, what kind of excercises exist, what kind of medicine, etc. Can somebody please tell me what this condition is and why does it suddenly, without reason just "shows up".

: I will be very grateful for your early reply!

: Thank you!

: Marie Jackson

: : 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.

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: : : 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......

I have now dealt with the condition Plantar Faciatis for 7 months. I have stretched and exercised it, been on 3 different NSAID's (the last of which is Celebrix), I have had my heal taped and strapped on a weekly basis, I have had 1 round of cortisone shots, I ice it down periodically during the day, I now wear a removable cast to walk, and I'm still suffering. Medical bills are eating me alive, and I am in constant pain when I walk. HELP!

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