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Does anyone know what is wrong with foot: very painful after inactivity

(27 Posts)
bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 07:18:51

My right foot was fine until about 6 months ago when a small patch on the bottom. by my arch started to hurt. I presumed I had bruised it but it still hurts.

After inactivity such as driving, sleeping or sitting for a period of time it hurts so much I cannot walk on it properly and actually now limp until it wakes itself up.

Any ideas?

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 07:23:28

Sounds like Plantar Fasciitis

I have had this for years, it is worse when I put on weight or walk too much in flat shoes.

The best thing I have found is wearing ecco shoes, or putting ecco insoles into other shoes. I need the arch support, and flat shoes just don't have this.

Stretching exercises help too.

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 07:24:36

Info here. Does that sound familiar?

bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 07:29:14

That sounds exactly like what I have MmeLindor. Thank you for linking to that.

Has yours improved, or gotten worse over time?

bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 07:30:50

Any ecco shoes MmeLindor?

wheelshavefallenoffthebus Tue 27-Sep-11 07:34:08

You can get physiotherapy for this (usually ultrasound and stretches) but it doesn't always work unfortunately. May be worth getting a referral from GP if insoles/shoes don't help. Podiatry can be good too but usually a long wait. It seems to be one of those things that eventually goes when it decides to wink

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 07:39:31

I have two pairs of ecco shoes, both sneaker styles. And bought a couple of the insoles that I have put in normal shoes. They definitely help.

Any arch support insoles will help a little. I used to have the ones by Birkenstock. The ecco ones are firmer than the Birkenstock ones.

JJ Tue 27-Sep-11 07:47:02

I had this but got rid by obsessively doing the stretches like the ones here, esp 3 and 5.

Stretching alone might not help yours but is free and you can start now, so thought I'd mention. It took about a week, I think, before it started getting better, so if you do try it, don't give up for a while.

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 07:48:09

How often did you do the stretches, and how long did it take? That sounds interesting.

KatyMac Tue 27-Sep-11 07:49:25

Guys, hope you don't mind me asking but where (exactly) is the pain?

I get pain when I wake & after sitting but mine is along the ball of my foot; which doesn't sound like where yours is?

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 07:53:21

Mine goes from the front of the heel (where the foot dips a little) forward to the ball of my foot, KatyMac.

When it is really bad, it can go right around to the arch and up the heel.

bruffin Tue 27-Sep-11 08:04:33

I had planter faciitis a few summers back. I saw a chiropodist and her suggestions were

ibroprufen for two weeks to reduce any swelling
cold compress twice a day for 10 minutes each time

suiledonn1 Tue 27-Sep-11 08:11:35

What a coincidence. I logged in this morning to ask about the same problem. I've had this for a couple of weeks now. Very painful along the arch of the foot when I get out of bed, improves a bit during the morning but very painful again by the evening.

I've been wearing Converse a lot since the weather got a bit chillier and it sounds like very flat shoes with no support are a problem with this. I lived in Birkenstocks for the summer but don't know what foot wear to try now.

I'm going to make an appointment with a podiatrist and look into getting some ECCO shoes.

Thanks everyone.

bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 08:14:05

I've booked a doctors appointment to get the ball rolling and get some insoles from ecco when the budget allows!

Thanks smile

HattiFattner Tue 27-Sep-11 08:16:16

for cold compress, get a can of coke/beer/whatever and put it in the coldest part of the fridge. Then roll it with your sore foot back and forward, so the icey cold bliss is rolling over the sore area. Do this several times a day for a couple of minutes.

MumblingRagDoll Tue 27-Sep-11 08:23:02

I have it too and what helps is to massage and stretch it in the evening.

bruffin Tue 27-Sep-11 09:35:44

sorry I didn't finish my post
chiropodist also said

never walk barefoot on hard floors

wear shoes with a soft sole

Mine went within two weeks of taking her advice after getting to the stage of not being able to walk in the mornings.

I do have what they call a pony type foot which means my natural heal is about 1.5 inches, so wearing flat shoes feel like I am walking uphill all the time, but I find fitflops very comfortable

bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 09:50:39

I have hard floors and am always barefoot -maybe that's the problem.

But I can't wear slippers cos my feet get too hot and cause my excema to flare up

bruffin Tue 27-Sep-11 10:13:50

why don't you wear something like flipflops with a thickish soft base. Coincidently I have bad excema on my feet as well.

MmeLindor. Tue 27-Sep-11 10:25:53

Birkenstocks or (I hate to say it) Crocs are good for going barefoot. You can get the sandal type Crocs which still have the footbed

CMOTdibbler Tue 27-Sep-11 11:05:52

The physios I see (not for my feet, for my arms) say fitflops are great for pf, and my feet certainly love them

bytheMoonlight Tue 27-Sep-11 12:48:12

yy must get some flip flops/crocs/Birkenstocks.

PeachyWhoCannotType Tue 27-Sep-11 12:59:06

Oh you poor sold OP; I had that 2 summers back. Horrid, ended up with a stick for a few weeks.

But you have ahd excellent advice here: advice from GP was

lose weight (might not apply)
stop letting the kids put broken glass inside your shoes (after I didn;t even relaise they ahd due to the plantar [ain and pulled out a bleeding foot- that was very, very embrassing LMAO)

I ahve't had more than brief attacks since and for me Clarks active shoes that come with a sort of insert were enough after the initial treatment to hold it away.

JJ Tue 27-Sep-11 18:57:05

MmeLindor - I did them whenever and wherever I could until they started getting better. I'm not sure that's recommended but it worked!

I live in these at home (they're my slippers) - but the low top version from years ago which doesn't seem to be available anymore. However, they are very warm which is perfect for me but sounds like might not work for you. Maybe try the flip flop fit flops at home.

hotbot Tue 27-Sep-11 19:30:44

acupunture worked for me , also i kn ow i need to lose weight, as that doesnt help

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