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Has anyone dealt with Plantar Fasciitis issues?

Asked by Coloma (47105points) October 5th, 2014

I’ve come up lame here at the ranch.
Pretty sure I am dealing with PF.
I walk and work and stand a lot leading a very active life and lately my right heel is just killing me. Signature symptoms.

I have gotten some heel support insets and am doing some exercises I have found online, don’t feel I need to see my doctor yet, but wondering if any of you have coped with this condition?

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Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I have. I went to a podiatrist and he strapped my foot and (I think) padded the heel on one side. Then after he took the strapping off, he put padding in my shoes. The pain very quickly settled down but came back if I didn’t wear shoes with the padding. After the inflammation settled down completely, my ankle was fine and it’s been fine now for over two years. I don’t wear any inserts or padding in my shoes now.

snowberry's avatar

These folks come off as kind of scammy, but when I wear their entry level shoe inserts (about $80 and they’re guaranteed for life) it prevents PF in my feet. When I forget, it comes back.

My daughter is an RN and I had her get the expensive inserts (about $1200— also guaranteed for life), but because of all her back and joint issues, I knew it was a good idea. She had severe buyer’s remorse when she made the purchase, but now she’s absolutely sold. I’d like to get everyone in the family to wear them. Amazing.


Buttonstc's avatar


I don’t know anything about them or used them, but I don’t believe I’ve ever encountered any scanners who also have retail stores :)

I just found out there’s one less than 15 miles from me so I might stop in and check them out to see if they have anything for knee pain.

gailcalled's avatar

For yeara. I use these plastic heel cup inserts, which have afforded me miraculous relief. I put them in all my shoes except sneakers and slides (both heavily cushioned).
These were recommended to me by my family physician.

hearkat's avatar

I had PF in both feet two years ago, which caused heel spurs. I tried kinesthesia tape, stretching, the boot at night (Rxed by an orthopedic foot specialist), etc. What helped me the most was getting shoes with orthopedic footbeds that had deep heel cups as well as significant arch support. Orthaheel was the brand that made the difference for me. They’re now called Vionic. For my next shoe purchase, I plant to try the new line at The Walking Company, called Abeo. They have three different footbeds and a large style selection.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I have from doing hill sprints in old shoes. I purchased some orthodics, new shoes and made sure I stretched it really well before getting out of bed in the morning. It resolved in a month or two.

elbanditoroso's avatar

When I had it, the doctor suggested stretching exercises – stretching the foot forwards and back in order to loose the muscles around the heel.

It took a couple of weeeks, but it worked. Do a google search on “fasciitis and stretching”

LuckyGuy's avatar

I did for a while. It went away when I started doing light stretching exercises before getting out of bed.
While still under the warm covers and (presumably) while my joints are still filled with fluid I would hang my feet off the bed and point my feet up and down using one foot to pull the other so they stretched a little. The issue went away in about a week or two.
I still do exercises before getting out of bed I try to move and extend every joint before I get out from under the covers.
Well, not every joint. Although…

Pachy's avatar

Oh hell yes. So painful. I was advised to stop walking around at home in bare feet and to wear an insert. After many months of intense pain in my left foot, that combo cure did the trick. No pain since.

JLeslie's avatar

Two friends of mine had it. Both found inserts that helped, but total healing took months. They both were runners and had to stop running for months. Now they do it more moderately.

One of them has a friend who got her vitamin D levels up and it greatly improved her PF that she had lived with for years trying everything. It makes sense to me since when I am deficient it hurts my muscles and can cramp them. Her story was part of what inspired me to finally take my doctors advice and take the prescription D. She also used some sort if shoe insert from her doctor.

Aster's avatar

I had it. A guy who sells inserts for $300 a pr at a flea market told my daughter I could be healed if I did this: take 2 SMALL plastic soda bottles, fill with water and freeze. Place the arch of each foot on top of each frozen bottle and roll back and forth for several minutes. Repeat 2X a day. I do admit that I began using inserts in my shoes at about this same time. Anyway, my heels stopped hurting. I got to the point I could barely walk, @Coloma. Very painful . Worth a try !

gailcalled's avatar

I love these heavily cushioned slides for indoors. I always leave my outdoor shoes at the door, like the Japanese.

Coloma's avatar

@gailcalled I have some cushy Croc sandals similar to those in your link, they are my indoor shoes too. @Aster Yes, I was reading about the frozen bottles too, thanks.
I have gel inserts but might look into some new ones, but certainly not spending $1,200 on inserts no matter how amazing. haha
I also have high arches and that is a contributing factor too.

@LuckyGuy Yes, stretches, another one is to put your feet up against a wall, keeping your heel and foot flat but pressing your toes upwards on the wall.

Getting old sucks! haha
Thanks everyone for all the great sharing!

hearkat's avatar

@Coloma – Then I definitely recommend inserts that include the arch, if you’re going to try those rather than buying new shoes. Orthaheel makes inserts, and prior to finding those, I was using Pro Foot Plantar Fasciitis inserts that were quite good. I got them from Amazon and

LuckyGuy's avatar

Please try stretching BEFORE you get out of bed. I believe it made a difference.

gailcalled's avatar

@Coloma; I have tried Crocs and find them really uncomfortable. My Caribbeans are deeply squishy.

Coloma's avatar

@hearkat Thanks, I’ll look into those.
@LuckyGuy Yes, I already stretch the rest of myself, go for the feet too.
@gailcalled ” Deeply squishy” I’m sold, I need all the squishy I can get. haha

hearkat's avatar

I haven’t personally tried them, but on my Rheumatism forums people speak of a Sketchers shoe that has memory foam, if squishy is what you want.

Inspired_2write's avatar

I had this ailment for almost two years . I was treated every 7 months with
a Cortisoid Steriod shot to the arch ( freezing applied first so as to alleviate the pain
from the needle..minimal)which allowed the pain to subside for 6 to 7 months at a time.
I was sent to a physiotherapist whom gave temporary relief until the next day???
After a long time of this ‘treating the symptom” and not the cause…I cancelled the
Physio treatments.
I went out and purchased a “new” pair of shoes ( running shoes) and guess what????

All pain disappeared! I was wearing the wrong size shoes for my feet!!
I almost purchased a $700 pair of leather insoles as advised by my Doctor!
You can be sure that I told my Doctor and Physio therapist my solution that worked!

I also lost 84 pounds of weight that compounded back problems as well as foot
Today I feel better,hike and walk a lot without pain.
I also do not have to take ‘ibophrophen” pills for swelling etc.
These pain pills also slowed down the metabilism which in turn resulted in
my excessive weight gain!
Sometimes the culprit is an obvious…fitting problem.
Don’t be afraid to question treatments especially when no concrete results for a permanent solution happens.

JLeslie's avatar

I forgot to mention a friend of mine tried acupuncture. At first she thought it was helping, but then she decided it didn’t help. She did it because more than one person said it did help.

Coloma's avatar

@Inspired_2write Yes, good shoes are important.
@JLeslie I tried acupuncture once for a shoulder issue, worked great but pricey. Not in my budget right now but yes, a good alternative. It is better the last few days, babying it, stretching the foot.

Buttonstc's avatar

I just saw a segment about this on The Doctors and it showed a treatment for use when everything else fails.

It’s minimally invasive, done with local anesthetic in an office visit. They basically use an ultrasound guided needle which breaks up the scar tissue and flushes it out.

There’s probably a video of the segment on their website. There’s also a technical name for it which sounds far more involved than it appears to be so if you want to read more about it, the term used was “Percutaneous tenotomy.”

Coloma's avatar

@Buttonstc Interesting. I have had some improvement but if I overdo things, walk a lot, stand for hours, like my epic cooking marathon a few weeks ago it flares up again. It’s that time of life where over use injuries start showing up. haha

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