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Death Wizard
08-29-2010, 05:41 AM
I've been doing a lot of speed-walking the past couple of years, which is great. But I've recently developed plantar faciitis in my right heel, for the first time in my life. And I can't seem to get it healed up. Any advice?

brainstorm77
08-29-2010, 05:48 AM
I'd see a doc, see what they say.

Jessianodel
08-29-2010, 05:54 AM
Well I got this from google;


Overview
Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

Symptoms
The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. It is usually worst in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.
Most people complain of increased heel pain after walking for a long period of time.

Treatment
Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.
Initial treatment usually consists of:


Anti-inflammatory medications
Heel stretching exercises
Night splints
Shoe inserts

If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3-6 weeks is very often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks like a ski boot) may be used. It is still worn full time, but can be removed for bathing.
Some physicians will offer steroid injections, which can provide lasting relief in many people. However, this injection is very painful and not for everyone.
In a few patients, non-surgical treatment fails and surgery to release the tight, inflamed fascia becomes necessary.

Causes
The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that holds up the bones on the bottom of the foot. This fascia can become inflamed and painful in some people, making walking more difficult.
Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:


Foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches)
Obesity
Running
Sudden weight gain
Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)

A typical patient is an active man age 40-70.
This condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as being caused by a heel spur, but research has found that this is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.

Tests & diagnosis
Typical physical exam findings include:


Mild swelling
Redness
Tenderness on the bottom of the heel

X-rays may be taken to rule out other problems, but having a heel spur is not significant.

Prognosis
Nearly all patients will improve within 1 year of beginning non-surgical therapy, with no long-term problems. In the few patients requiring surgery, most have relief of their heel pain.

Prevention
Maintaining good flexibility around the ankle, particularly the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, is probably the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Complications
Complications with surgery include:


Infection
Nerve injury
No improvement in pain
Rupture of the plantar fascia

With other treatments, a complication is continued pain.

When to contact a doctor
Contact your health care provider if you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis.





Maybe you should go see a doctor.

Kitty Pryde
08-29-2010, 05:59 AM
My mom has PF really bad. I have it but not quite as bad. She has special shoe inserts from the podiatrist, and she never goes barefoot. We both have very high arches, like high enough for a small critter to nestle under the sole of my foot :/ One stretch that helps me feel less wretched is:

first thing in the morning, with your foot at a normal 90 degree angle to your calf, pull all your toes up and hold the stretch for like 30 seconds.

ETA: some schools of thought say a major arch support is helpful. Others say that a lower arch that lets your foot strengthen itself is better. My mom likes a really high arched insert, but I prefer a lower arch. I got fitted for cross-trainer sneakers at the running store, and it was soooo worth paying a little more to have comfy shoes to walk/work out in. I also got some VFF barefoot shoes to help build up the strength in my arches :)

Death Wizard
08-29-2010, 06:05 AM
Thanks much, everyone! I am indeed going to see a doctor in about 10 days.

Ironically, I do not have high arches. My feet are as flat as a sheet of paper.

backslashbaby
08-29-2010, 09:00 AM
Oooh, I get this sometimes. Mine never gets better without wearing a splint/brace kind of thing until the pain dies down (several days). I had it months one time because I tried not 'resting' it that way.

I got mine from the web, and it was cheap. I'm sure the doc has something, too, of course. Good luck! That hurts!

kayleamay
08-29-2010, 06:01 PM
The newer rocking shoes (MBT's and Avia itones) have worked really well for me. I think just about every shoe company out there is selling these right now, but I've heard neg reviews on most of the others. I own both of these and they are comparable in performance, but the Avia's run at about 1/3 the cost.

But, I have really high arches so they might not work as well for someone with flatter feet.

Priene
08-29-2010, 06:53 PM
I've been doing a lot of speed-walking the past couple of years, which is great. But I've recently developed plantar faciitis in my right heel, for the first time in my life. And I can't seem to get it healed up. Any advice?

I can sympathise. It's a pain in the, er, foot. I've had it three times, and each time it went on months. Resting up completely helps, as does getting the right type of footwear. Figure out if you're over- or underpronated, and get appropriate running shoes.

And see a doc, obviously. (Not that I did, but I'm an idiot.)

Death Wizard
08-30-2010, 02:17 AM
I can sympathise. It's a pain in the, er, foot. I've had it three times, and each time it went on months. Resting up completely helps, as does getting the right type of footwear. Figure out if you're over- or underpronated, and get appropriate running shoes.

And see a doc, obviously. (Not that I did, but I'm an idiot.)

Thanks for the latest tips. I think I'm going to call a doctor tomorrow and try to get in this week. It's a drag to not be able to walk.

Bubastes
08-30-2010, 02:46 AM
This may sound strange, but this site recommends finding a gravel surface and walking on it with your socks on for 10 minutes:

http://www.chirunning.com/shop/pages.php?id=352&pageid=18
http://chirunning.com/blogs/danny/2010/04/13/plantar-fasciitis-prevention-and-cure/

I'm a runner and swear by the Chi Running/Chi Walking technique, so that's why I checked this site first. When you speed-walk, does your heel hit the ground first? If so, that may be part of the problem. When you're all healed up and ready to walk again, try shortening your stride and landing mid-foot (the barefoot shoes Kitty Pryde mentioned are excellent for improving your form).

CatSlave
08-30-2010, 02:54 AM
I used to have terrible foot pain in the mornings, could barely walk. I never had it diagnosed.
When I started sleeping on a warm water bed, the pain left and never returned.
Today I'm fine and dandy.

Weird.

Death Wizard
08-30-2010, 04:26 AM
This may sound strange, but this site recommends finding a gravel surface and walking on it with your socks on for 10 minutes:

http://www.chirunning.com/shop/pages.php?id=352&pageid=18
http://chirunning.com/blogs/danny/2010/04/13/plantar-fasciitis-prevention-and-cure/

I'm a runner and swear by the Chi Running/Chi Walking technique, so that's why I checked this site first. When you speed-walk, does your heel hit the ground first? If so, that may be part of the problem. When you're all healed up and ready to walk again, try shortening your stride and landing mid-foot (the barefoot shoes Kitty Pryde mentioned are excellent for improving your form).

This is very interesting. Thank you!

Death Wizard
08-30-2010, 04:26 AM
I used to have terrible foot pain in the mornings, could barely walk. I never had it diagnosed.
When I started sleeping on a warm water bed, the pain left and never returned.
Today I'm fine and dandy.

Weird.

I'm a Tempur-Pedic fan myself, but that's another story.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-30-2010, 04:58 AM
Got in my right foot, too... along with bone spurs and tendinitis (that spelling doesn't look right at all, but that's what the spellchecker picked for me!) One of the things that helps me when it's really throbbing is to get a bottle of water, freeze it, and roll it under my foot from toes to heel and back. You'll think you're gonna die, but it really helps. A rolling pin does a great job, too, if you don't like the icy cold - of course, that's the end of the rolling pin for pie dough, so don't use mama's favorite one. Ol' Boy cut me a thick dowel rod - about a foot long - and I use that just to keep it happy. Aleve (or the generic Naproxin Sodium) is essential. Good luck.

Death Wizard
08-30-2010, 05:00 AM
Got in my right foot, too... along with bone spurs and tendinitis (that spelling doesn't look right at all, but that's what the spellchecker picked for me!) One of the things that helps me when it's really throbbing is to get a bottle of water, freeze it, and roll it under my foot from toes to heel and back. You'll think you're gonna die, but it really helps. A rolling pin does a great job, too, if you don't like the icy cold - of course, that's the end of the rolling pin for pie dough, so don't use mama's favorite one. Ol' Boy cut me a thick dowel rod - about a foot long - and I use that just to keep it happy. Aleve (or the generic Naproxin Sodium) is essential. Good luck.


Excellent! Thanks. I'll let you know what my doctor says about all this. I like that frozen bottle of water idea a lot!

But what about heat? Should I combine ice with heat?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
08-30-2010, 05:14 AM
My doc didn't mention 'heat', as in heating pad type heat. He did suggest soaking my feet in epsom salts solution - but, come to think of it, that was after my ingrown nail surgery. He gave me a long rubber-band kind of exercise thing, too - helps with those morning stretches, gives resistance to work against.

backslashbaby
08-30-2010, 06:12 AM
This is the kind of splint I used:

http://www.bannertherapy.com/ProductInfo.aspx?thermoskin-heel-rite™-plantar-fasciitis-daytime-splint&number=17-158

It's something you can use during the day, too. I had to do something during the day or it just wasn't going away.

There are night splints that pull up your toes, too. I didn't have to try that, but I did sports-tape that arch at night.

Death Wizard
08-30-2010, 06:58 AM
This is the kind of splint I used:

http://www.bannertherapy.com/ProductInfo.aspx?thermoskin-heel-rite™-plantar-fasciitis-daytime-splint&number=17-158

It's something you can use during the day, too. I had to do something during the day or it just wasn't going away.

There are night splints that pull up your toes, too. I didn't have to try that, but I did sports-tape that arch at night.

Awesome! Thanks.

Death Wizard
09-01-2010, 09:20 PM
Well, I went to the doctor today, and as it turns out I don't have plantar faciitis after all! I have Achilles tendinitis.

Ha!

So much for self-diagnosing.

rhymegirl
09-01-2010, 10:22 PM
Well, I went to the doctor today, and as it turns out I don't have plantar faciitis after all! I have Achilles tendinitis.

Ha!

So much for self-diagnosing.

So what does one do for that?

I do a lot of walking and sometimes my feet hurt but all I do is soak them in warm water.

KTC
09-01-2010, 10:41 PM
Thanks much, everyone! I am indeed going to see a doctor in about 10 days.

Ironically, I do not have high arches. My feet are as flat as a sheet of paper.


I get it ranging from severe to non-existent. When it's really bad I can't believe it will ever go away. Then one day, it's gone. I too have flat feet.

I usually suffer when I wear shoes I like rather than shoes that are good for me. (-;

Death Wizard
09-01-2010, 11:54 PM
So what does one do for that?

I do a lot of walking and sometimes my feet hurt but all I do is soak them in warm water.

Lots of stretching. And a boot at night that keeps my foot flexed in the up position. Let's hope it works!

Death Wizard
09-01-2010, 11:54 PM
I get it ranging from severe to non-existent. When it's really bad I can't believe it will ever go away. Then one day, it's gone. I too have flat feet.

I usually suffer when I wear shoes I like rather than shoes that are good for me. (-;


First time I've ever had it, but man it sure doesn't seem to want to go away. And my feet, size 12, are as flat as a sheet of paper.

Susie
09-01-2010, 11:55 PM
hope you feel better, Jim. :Hug2:s

KTC
09-02-2010, 01:09 AM
First time I've ever had it, but man it sure doesn't seem to want to go away. And my feet, size 12, are as flat as a sheet of paper.

mine too...size 12 and flat as paper. i was told flat feet is common in natives...one of the traits i received from my grandmother. (-;

Hip-Hop-a-potamus
09-03-2010, 01:47 AM
Flat feet suck! I had no idea how bad this would be as I got older. I always wondered what the big deal was during the draft with government not taking guys with flat feet. Now I understand!

I used to have size 8 1/2 feet for most of my life. They've become size 10 over the last five years. I look like one of Cinderella's mean stepsisters trying on the glass slipper, fer cryin out loud!

I have professional orthotics and everything, but still having issues. Blegh. I don't even have native blood!

Death Wizard
09-03-2010, 05:50 AM
I've never had a single foot problem in my life until now. Makes me sympathize with those who have had them all their lives.

Priene
09-08-2010, 01:47 PM
Keeping with the leggy theme, I've just been diagnosed with Snapping Hip Syndrome (http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/otherhip/a/snappinghip.htm). Otherwise known as Dancer's Hip, which is pretty bleeding hilarious given my incompetence on the dancefloor.

shakeysix
12-05-2016, 08:08 PM
I have a high arch, foot problems most of my life which sucks because I am active. I have always worn inserts, braces and even when I was a grade school kid, my folks invested heavily in my shoes. I developed plantar fasciitis a couple years ago. It runs in the family, my sibs each had it first although they never had the other podiatry problems that I have had.

A couple months ago I had an attack of Plantar F so bad that I had to use my dad's old walker for a day and stay off my feet for 4 days. My sister learned to tape her foot the way the podiatrist does. That works for her. My brother bought the shoes, that works for him. Aunt Margaret, an er nurse also bought the shoes but hers are more expensive and don't last as long as my brother's. I wear a mesh sock and inserts in my shoes right now. I do have to stay off my feet for7- 3 days and take a Rx for swelling when I have a flare up. Since I am retired it is easier for me to stay off my feet. My podiatrist says rest is the best treatment but not everyone can do it. He showed me his inserts and mesh sock which is what he uses.

There are all kinds of advice and self help items for PF but the best thing you can do is go to a podiatrist right away. It isn't always plantar fasciitis. Self diagnosis can lead to more problems.

The walk on gravel advice is the opposite of what I was told. I live in a part of Kansas called the sandhills. I take nature photos and spend a lot of time walking in salt marshes and sand hills. My doctor, who also likes to take nature walks, warned me not to walk on sand or gravel for long periods of time. This last flare up was so painful I had to crawl to the bathroom on my hands and knees. (you should have heard my cat yowl as I made my painful way, trying not to pee my pajama pants because I was laughing and crying at the same time, seeing me crawl really blew her mind. I know she was wailing "who's gonna feed me now?")

The flare up happened after I pushed myself to walk another mile on sand. My foot didn't hurt but it didn't feel right, either. I should not have pushed on. There are asphalt paths in the three places where I take pictures. They are not as exciting as taking off over the sand hills but the advice is worth following. --s6

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