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Old 02-17-2009, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I have this in my right foot. Had a cortisone shot done on Jan 8th, felt good the first few days, also gave me an anit-inflammatory medicine (Voltran?? something like that, I'm taking the generic of it). Now it is worse than ever. Some days I can't even push the emergency brake in my car. I've done the exercises. I'm even putting these Flexor Patches on my foot (like an Icy/Hot patch but has medicine in it). Apparently I have to "suffer" this condition for 6 months before my insurance will approve the next treatment which is Ossatron Treatment. I go back to the orthopedic doctor on 2/25, mainly to show my consistency in treatment and to get a refill on my medicine (but if it's not working?!!?!, need something else, not going to bother with it). I'll have to go back in March also, then they'll submit the papers to my insurance.

Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone else has had this problem and what issues they may have had with it. I was considering maybe a chiropractor, but that would be alot more expensive (my co-pay is $25 each visit), and I think a chiropractor would want to see me at least 2 times a week. A podiatrist, they may say lets do physical therapy,which can't be much different from the exercises I'm doing at home. I'am on my feet alot for my job (animal hospital), I did wear high heals, somewhat overweight, and just being on my feet alot. If anyone has some info that may help I'd appreciate it. Thanks!!!
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:16 PM
 
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The most effective cure for plantar fasciitis is to lose weight. It's also the most reliable treatment. Feel better soon!
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Are you still doing the exercises?
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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I was fitted with custom orthotic inserts by a podiatrist (orthotics not covered by insurance). I also had to use the night splints for a couple of nights. Both worked and I never got a shot. Orthotics were $500, night splints on the internet about $60. I was advised by the podiatrist to vary heel height on shoes on a regular basis. I never wear the same pair for two consecutive days, and I make sure that the heels vary in height. I found that wearing flats are the least comfortable. I hate cortisone shots and refuse them at all cost. Hope you find some relief soon.
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:42 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Thanks for all the info. I'm working on losing weight, although now, my walking is very limited (I take my 2 dogs for walks) I now just do the sit ups, push ups, use the exercise ball, that kind of stuff. I have a huge incentive to lose weight (my Mom, and both her parents have had knee replacements; my Dad both hips-but that was due to arthritis).

I do the exercises everyday, lung, flex/point, stairs, using my toes to pick up a sock. My insurance does cover orthodics (my son got them - he is flat footed). I also have this huge black boot that they gave my son.

I wear a good pair of Nike's everyday to work, which I have the gel pads in them, I pretty much wear them everyday, so many shoes I have.....I can't wear..... This whole thing really stinks......getting old

Thanks again for all the info.
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Old 02-17-2009, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I had this problem for awhile and had to limp around. I had gone to the doctor for another reason, but with a doorknob question, I told him about my heel. He immediately demonstrated the stretches which eventually fixed my problem. I was to lean against the wall with my back leg straight back, so I could flex the problem area.

My wife has tried some specially made Crocs which helped her a lot.

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She may have something like this, but I'll ask her tomorrow when I can to make sure. Or better, I'll just email her. We don't exactly have the same schedule...
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Old 02-18-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Texas
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OK, she said she got the rx relief Crocs. She normally wears thin socks to match, and prefers to wear pants.
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Hang in there it will take a while.
I got it when I was pregnant with our daughter and still had it after the pregnancy :0(
It took me over 1 1/2 years to get rid of it.
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Old 02-19-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Well, looks like it will be a long road. I'll look into the shoes (crocs). Thanks for all the information, knew I could find some kind of info on the c-d forums!! Thanks a bunch
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:04 PM
 
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I wear New balance model 926 shoes, hasnt fixed the problem, but i dont get any pain when i wear them.
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