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What was your experience in healing plantar faciitis?

Asked by Hawaii_Jake (32736points) January 12th, 2017

A number of years ago, I developed painful plantar faciitis in my right foot. I did not know what it was until a doctor told me. I had to cease powerwalking for more than a year.

This past May, I began to develop identical pain in my left foot. I immediately stopped powerwalking in order to help it heal. I began easing into powerwalking 2 weeks ago. I started with short distances. I went my former 2.4 miles on Wednesday morning, and my foot ached all day afterward. Needless to say, I will be taking some days off to rest it, and when I resume, I will go a shorter distance.

When you had plantar faciitis, what helped to heal it? Did you do anything to speed the recovery?

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JLeslie's avatar

My husband and a close friend have this. Both have had some significant relief with arch support inserts and bought new shoes with arch support. My husband even wears slide on shoes in the house with arch support. He is almost never barefoot.

We also believe keeping his vitamin D in normal ranges helps and magnesium spray on the area helps.

My girlfriend, who was a runner, now almost never runs for fear of aggravating the condition. Her recovery has been very good, and she is free of pain for months now, but it had taken her months to rid herself of the pain in the first place.

My husband is frustrated that he is not completely better, and is thinking about returning to the doctor for an insert that will be made specifically for his foot.

canidmajor's avatar

Back in the day I used to roll my bare foot back and forth on a tennis ball with pressure. A frozen water bottle also served well, and alleviated some of the pain.
Good luck with this, @Hawaii_Jake, plantar fasciitis is nasty.

JLeslie's avatar

^^I forgot my mom does that. It helps her.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake, have you seen a podiatrist? Mine puts padding in my shoes. Apparently, one leg is slightly shorter than the other. And when I originally went to see him, he said I had plantar fasciitis; the padding really helped. Last time I had pain, he referred to it as tendonitis, so now I really don’t know what caused it. However, he suggested an exercise that really helped. I stand with my feet slightly apart, in line with my knees. I hold on to something to help me ensure smooth balance. I slowly raise up on my tip toes on the non-painful foot and then lower down using the painful foot. So you alternate. Up on the healthy foot, slowly down on the painful foot. Not sure if that makes sense but let me know if it’s not. I do it fairly slowly and I repeat a few times a day. It really helps.

Not sure if this will help for your issue, but it can’t hurt trying it AND see a good podiatrist. I still have my shoes padded and I find that, combined with the exercise, helps a lot. Haven’t seen my podiatrist for about six months. There are other exercises on YouTube you could try too (I was looking to see if I could find this one).

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

I tried everything. I stayed off my feet for a week. I even went to wearing tennis shoes with arches instead of sandals and flip-flops. Nothing worked. I finally went to a doctor and it turned out to be gout.

Pachy's avatar

My podiatrist advised a change of shoes and shoe size and that fixed it for me.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I put inserts in my shoes, wore a brace at night and stretched before getting out of bed. When exercising I made darn sure I stretched well.

Seek's avatar

My poor hubby deals with plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Unfortunately since he works construction (on flooring no less), he doesn’t have the ability to take an extended time off of the foot to let it go away.

It mostly hurts him first thing in the morning. He walks a couple of laps up and down the hallway to loosen it up before heading out to work.

anniereborn's avatar

I had this about ten years ago. I was never a power walker, just everyday walking here and there. I was given exercises to do and within about two weeks it was gone.

snowberry's avatar

A couple of years ago I had it in both feet. It was so bad I used to wait as long as possible before I got up to go to the bathroom. I was essentially crippled. I went to the Good Feet store. Their inserts cured it almost immediately. Hubby had it, and had a podiatrist make very expensive inserts (far more expensive than mine) for his feet. It sort of worked. Then he got in a motorcycle accident and was in a wheelchair for 6 months. That cured it for him.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I have to say my podiatrist charges me $30 to put padding in my shoes. He uses foam and does it himself. So do some research. He can’t be the only one to do this.

Pandora's avatar

Some years ago I had a horrible searing pain in my heel that would’nt allow me to even put the slightest of weight on my foot. My aunt told me to put ice on my heel for at least an hour. Once it was good and numb to punch my heel as hard as I could. I did that and the pain was gone afterward and it has been more than 16 years since I ever felt anything like that pain. Now keep in mind I don’t have a lot of upper body strength to punch so done beat the crap our of you foot if you are strong.

I don’t know if it was simply a Heel Spur or Plantar Fascitis but they are both closely related. Often times the Plantar Fascitis will lead to Heel Spurs. It may be possible you have both. So give it a try. At the most you will feel uncomfortable for an hour. You do not have to keep it directly on your foot for an hour. You can take mini breaks. The idea is to numb your foot well.
If it works, let me know.

By any chance, do you have gout? Usual sign is a hot and tender big toe.

flutherother's avatar

These special socks get good reviews though I don’t suffer from Plantar Fasciitis myself. Hope they help.

LornaLove's avatar

I have it in both feet and fallen arches which hurts. It’s horrible. I get leg cramps when I walk from it I think. I’ve found that arch support helps. Good trainers. I buy a special make that supports the spine. I was told by the podiatrist that it’s an age thing? How odd. Also, that it can just vanish on its own. I have found the good trainers are the key and the arch support. You could get an operation for it, and/or also steroids injected into your foot apparently.

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