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Plantar Facilitis. Please tell me it gets better

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Bubble2bubble Sat 07-May-16 21:56:35

I have this now since before Easter. I think I am pretty good with pain, but honestly there were days I would have willingly accepted crutches had they been offered.
I bought some really good insoles which have helped, a bit.
I have only been wearing lace up boots for weeks, couldn't consider shoes.
I took anti inflammatories for a month but then thought I was slightly better and stopped ( also panicked at the thought of being on constant anti- infammatories for so long ), so am now worse than ever.
I have lost weight - OK only half a stone, but will keep going.
I am taking Curcumin, vitamin D and Omega 3
I am STILL in such crippling pain in the morning that I have to hop sad
Is there anything I can do?

Scattrercushion Sat 07-May-16 22:00:00

I started to have few problems. I stood on stairs with my heels over the edge of the step and gently put body weight through heels and helped for 30 secs, repeating a few times. Really helped me. You may want to look at foam rille ring too. Good luck, I know this is painful.

BBQueen Sat 07-May-16 22:07:23

Stretching is key - I do ankle rotations where I spell out the alphabet with my toes whilst sitting. Start slow and small and build up gradually. Rolling your foot on a cold can of pop helps too. Fit Flops are my saviour and when my feet are bad, I put them on as soon as I get out of bed.

5BlueHydrangea Sat 07-May-16 22:08:16

I had this a few years ago. Very painful. Took about 18 months to go completely but it did in the end. If on longer term anti-inflammatories you need ranitidine or omeprazole to protect your stomach. See your GP to discuss.

Tigg68 Sat 07-May-16 22:10:44

Hi, ask your GP for a referral for Shockwave tharapy - I had it done a few years ago and it cured me completely after a few weeks.

Bubble2bubble Sat 07-May-16 22:11:48

Interesting. I had been trying to stretch in bed before I got up, but wasn't sure if it was actually helping or not. Will try your stair trick -thank you!

Bubble2bubble Sat 07-May-16 22:13:22

Shockwave therapy? Like lasers?

Guiltypleasures001 Sat 07-May-16 22:13:31

Hi op

I went to a podiatrist foot doctor person, and got measure for a pair of orthotics, they push your spine back in line by pushing your foot arches back up

I had it for 2 yrs and it was agony injections worked for 15 minutes lol
Get some orthotics op I never looked back

walkingtheplank Sat 07-May-16 22:16:19

I got it in both feet in January 2014. I still have it in my left foot. I assume I'm stuck with it.

CrossfireHurricane Sat 07-May-16 22:20:59

I had it for about 18 months - agony.
I noticed that it improved when I started wearing different shoes every day, some completely flat, others with a slight heel.
I am convinced wearing ballet flats started mine off.
Best of's agony flowers

CrossfireHurricane Sat 07-May-16 22:21:32


Awks Sat 07-May-16 22:21:59

I had it and I thought it would never go away. I wore fit flops when they first came out every day all through winter but it did help and it's gone now. The combi of fitflops, stretching and anti inflamatories worked for me. Hope its the same for you, it's grim x

littlepinkseal1407 Sat 07-May-16 22:23:13

You could try trigger point therapy or someone who does myofascial release. I had this done and it REALLY hurt but she managed to rid me of the pain in one session. She didn't just work on my foot, she also worked on knots in my calf muscles. I don't know how many good therapists there are, though, I've only ever found one that's any good.

SauvignonBlanche Sat 07-May-16 22:25:25

Try FootAngel supports from Amazon, I slept in them and they really helped.

parmalilac Sat 07-May-16 22:27:03

Had this, used a wooden foot massager a lot plus stretching as varying footwear. Always use orthotic insoles (OTC ones) as I have high arches. Took about a year to get rid but no probs since. Still use foot roller for a few minutes most days.

cheerfullady Sat 07-May-16 22:27:16

I broke my toe and had to pretty much rest for about 6 weeks. No more plantar fascitis! Probably a bit extreme for you though....grin

BeauGlacons Sat 07-May-16 22:28:04

Orthotics help. Agree ballet flats caused min. Too many years, too much walking in. There's a great sandal with a built in orthotic now. Podiatrist told me not to wear fitflops confused. Custom made orthotics are the thing. And exercises with an elasticcy thing. Will remember name of sandals soon.

Lilmisskittykat Sat 07-May-16 22:28:49

I've suffered with this for a while (October last year) daftly I didn't know what it was and assumed it was bruising so carried on until in January I struggled to walk .. At the moment I'm able to run etc but need to watch it... So for what it's worth I'll tell you how I managed...

I laid off all cardio exercise and drove to work (usually walk) took about three months of babying it X

I found Icing is great.. A water bottle frozen is best as you can roll your foot on it. (Best when it's bad or after exercise)

I bought a foot roller from Amazon and kept it under my desk at work and used that during the day

My other half is sometimes a little star and massages the arch near the heel it hurts but releases the tightness

Stretch and stretch some more I have a vibro plate machine at the gym and I honestly believe it was stretching that made things bearable. I've gone back to doing yoga too which I think really helps

I bought the boot to wear overnight but didn't rate it. Gp prescribed naproxen which really helped too

Hopefully that will help there is loads on the Internet .. I think from experience it's a thing that gets better in time no matter what you do

parmalilac Sat 07-May-16 22:29:03

Forgot to say, agree with PP re trigger point therapy, works wonders for many things. Didn't know about it at the time I had the PF.

Brandnewbrighttomorrow Sat 07-May-16 22:29:20

Orthotics, physio and Pilates has largely resolved mine. Mine stems from pelvic instability which causes tension through the muscles in my lower back, bum cheeks and right the way down my legs to my feet. If I start to feel any tension through my feet I know I need to stretch out my glutes and hamstrings.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Sat 07-May-16 22:31:50

I suffered for a couple of years, hobbling round like an old lady. I mentioned it to a podiatrist friend and said I thought it was due to my being overweight. She agreed but said it was hard to broach with people.

Anyhow I've now lost 1 1/2 stone and it's already a lot better. I've still got 2 1/2 stone to go but hopefully that will sort it.

Well done at losing half a stone so far - keep at it, it really helps.

RomComPhooey Sat 07-May-16 22:32:48

I am convinced wearing ballet flats started mine off.

I've had PF twice, for a longish spell (6-9mo) both times. The last time I went to a specialist podiatry clinic & they made up some custom orthotics - it really helped. Interestingly, the podiatrist said they see a lot of women later in the summer due to them wearing ballet flats over the summer months - it is a known cause of PF.

RomComPhooey Sat 07-May-16 22:33:47

Interesting about losing weight, Twowrongs.

DoreenLethal Sat 07-May-16 22:34:44

I had it for 18 months, have had it intermittently all my adult life.

Managed to get it down this time by wearing skechers go walk shoes indoors, and decent insoles in work boots, plus oasics running shoes for running. Otherwise i would never get out of bed.

Lalasworld Sat 07-May-16 22:36:09

Totally agree with the stair stretching and pedi roller (red thiing) to roll foot over. Also what really helped for me was a STRASBOURG SOCK. same principle as the boot but much more comfortable to wear overnight. Instead of your toes pointing down when you sleep it keeps your foot more 'right angled' if that makes sense; you can adjust it so as much stretch as you can cope with. I paid around £30 but I see there is a variety on Amazon now - £16 - 30+. Really worked for me. I feel for you - it was so painful for so long! Wear it at night. I so hope you turn the corner with this!

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