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Plantar fasciitis

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legofansmum Tue 01-Mar-16 17:47:58

Please help! This is making my life a misery. It hurts so much to walk and even rest after walking now. I have tried shop bought insoles and even memory foam insoles.

I take co codamol and ibruptofen and I'm still miserable. I don't drive and am having to pay out for taxis for areas I would have easily walked eight months prior to getting this awful condition. I've out on so much weight as walking and exercise is so uncomfortable.

Has anyone been able to manage of cure it please?

shamonts Tue 01-Mar-16 17:49:53

I started a thread on this yesterday and got loads of advice sorry don't know how to link on phone

2016namechangecomingalong Tue 01-Mar-16 17:51:39

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/_chat/2581586-Is-there-anything-a-gp-can-do-to-help-my-plantAr-fasciitis

Xmasbaby11 Tue 01-Mar-16 22:40:53

Hi OP, I have had this for 10 years. It was really bad for a few years. It was especially bad first thing in the morning and after sitting down.

It is almost forgotten now. This is what helped me:

Referral from GP to podiatrist. They can assess your case and provide specially made insoles. They will also teach you exercises that help. I saw them a few times.

Do the exercises, especially first thing in the morning.

Don't bother with shop bought insoles, even the thick ones are useless

Don't carry heavy things, e.g. a heavy shopping bag in each hand

Don't do high impact exercise. If I do this, I am hobbling for a week afterwards.

Find the right shoes. I had to throw most of mine away. I can only wear very thick, rubbery soled shoes, e.g. trainers or boots. The sole must be flexible. I now have three pairs of shoes. It is not worth trying to wear anything else.

It got better gradually after a few years and I stopped doing the exercises, but still have to stick to the shoes that suit me. These days it rarely bothers me except if I have to stand on a hard floor - I always wear slippers with a soles.

I hope it gets better for you - I found it very debilitating.

cece Tue 01-Mar-16 22:47:43

I got a referral to podiatrist. He gave me exercises and I now have insoles for my shoes. I am awaiting my next visit to him. He has worked miracles.

I am currently pondering getting rid of some of my shoes as they are just so uncomfortable!

MarkRuffaloCrumble Tue 01-Mar-16 22:54:44

Have you had your thyroid checked? It can cause foot pain and weight gain. Might be worth considering if you have any other symptoms of under active thyroid?

NigellaEllaElla Tue 01-Mar-16 23:22:38

I had this for a couple of years but been free of it now for a few. Definitely do the exercises, that's what worked for me.

Xmasbaby11 Tue 01-Mar-16 23:26:49

There are some videos on YouTube of the exercises for foot and ankle pain - very useful.

legofansmum Sat 05-Mar-16 23:14:24

Not had my thyroid checked but could be worth it as do feel drained all the time.
I need to look into the exercises an see gp.

I'm very careful which shoes I wear. I have always suffered with collapsed arches so walk inwards and wear flat shoes for this. I've recently been buying memory foam insoles for my boots. It help a little but I'm still in agony.
Thanks so much for replying.

MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 05-Mar-16 23:20:25

I find that flat shoes make it worse, a slight heel takes the pressure off your heel and if you can combine that with an arch supporting insole you might find that more comfortable than flat shoes.

I actually went to the GP about my painful feet. I was going on somewhere afterwards so put high heels on and by the time I got to my appointment my feet felt fine!

ICJump Sun 06-Mar-16 08:12:02

It's also worth talking about steroid injections in your feet. I've had one foot done and while it didn't take all the pain away it helped so I was able to get more movement in my foot. The injection is hideous worse than dental injections. I actually yelped but I would have it again if my feet got worse.

I also found rolling my feet over a frozen waster bottle at night really helpful

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