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Old 10-23-2008, 10:30 PM
Location: U.S.
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I've had three rounds of physical therapy (none worked), store-bought inserts, specially made soft inserts, specially made hard inserts, foot and ankle braces, a cast (couldn't wear it), podiatrist appointments - nothing has worked. One pair of shoes that I can wear for a long time is the Crete sandal by Crocs. Mine are the khaki/chocolate color and are very comfortable on my feet. (Yes, these are under the men's category, but I'm a woman, and they fit me just fine.) Hope this helps.
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Old 10-24-2008, 11:27 AM
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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Thumbs up This worked for me....

When I had plantar fasciitis, the podiatrist had me wear a heel splint at night.

Plus the other advice mentioned here of wearing good shoes, and not going barefoot, but always wearing shoes with good arch supports.

He said surgery should be the last resort, and injections the 2nd to last. (I didn't do either of these...)

It took about 6 months, but the pain went totally away! That was about 20 years ago, and it's never recurred. And, though it took awhile for it to completely resolve, the pain was much less almost immediately. (Now that I think of it, there were some heel/ankle stretching techniques the Dr. had me use, also.)
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Old 10-24-2008, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by smcferrin View Post
Anyone have any good solution's to treating this problem w/o surgery ? I have tried several shoe insert's. I am on my feet at work all the time and have to do alot of walking on concreat floor's. The inside of my ankle stay's swolen and there is a sore tightness between my ankle and the bottom of my foot. I've also tried a little soaking in Ebsom Salt. But only a couple of time's. Maybe I need to give that a try again but for at least a week this time. Any help would be appreciated. Know of a good shoe to buy ?
You should get this checked out by an orthopaedist...

What are you describing does not sound like plantar fasciitis which is what folks here are giving you advice on how to treat.'

Sounds more like posterior tibial tendonitis...good luck
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Old 10-25-2008, 07:37 PM
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Thought I would chime in here. After several cortisone shots and a few hundred dollars poorer on pt ultrasound, I gave up and had mine cut out. In my case, it was like continuously stepping on a nail. Wore a heel boot after the surgery for a month and was fine later.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:26 PM
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Default Healing Plantar Fasciitis Without Surgery

Good shoes - here we go.... Mephisto, Naot, Birkenstock, Finn Comfort. But it would be better to fix the problem entirely, and this can be done WITOUT SURGERY. I know, I've had Plantar fasciitis, and I've been treating my clients for it for over 20 years. Not a single one has needed surgery in any form unless their ankle damage was severe. By "severe" I mean paratroopers and car wreck victims who SHATTERED their ankles on impact, and required reconsctructive or fusion surgery. The protocol is simple, it's 4-6 visits of 30 minutes per foot. 80% of my clients are pain free in 4 sessions, 90% in 6. If you do it yourself, at home, it takes longer, but it still works. I'm setting up a study to apply for an NIH grant. People are spending THOUSANDS of dollars for little results, and they don't have to. I've been a medical massage therapist for 24 years. I spent my first 5 years with an orthopedic surgeon, doing hip, knee and ankle work. I'm state licensed, I teach, and I'm in the process of certifying this class for continuing education hours. You really don't have to suffer.
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