Anonymous 

Review for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 138 lbs
  • 5' 6"
  • Nederland, TX
04
Jul2016
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 6-18 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Runner No

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Massage, Stretching
    Improved
    Compression Socks, Orthotics, Ice, Shockwave, Supplements, Taping, Supportive Shoes
    Not Improved
    Rest, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs

I'm a Zumba® instructor, so I'm pounding my feet daily. I started experiencing heel pain over 6 mos. ago, and thought I'd bruised my heel. It continued to worsen so I thought I'd either fractured my heel or that I'd torn something. I went to a podiatrist & he diagnosed planter faciitis & put me on massive doses of ibuprofen & recommended Vionic shoes. The shoes are great, but ibuprofen did nothing but make my stomach hurt. I started my own treatment of icing my feet after class, KT taping my feet before class (per YouTube video), wearing custom orthotics & Heel Your Pain inserts in my tennis shoes, going for weekly foot massages, stretching my feet in the morning & evening, and using a TENS unit on my foot twice daily. My massage therapist also recommended using a tennis ball, by sitting & rolling it under my foot, then standing and adding more pressure, holding pressure on areas that are particularly tender. Finally putting full weight on the ball & moving it to all areas of my foot. Amazingly, the tennis ball massage has done more to improve my foot more quickly than all the other treatments combined!!! I think it breaks up the scar tissue around the fascia allowing it to stretch. It has been a slow process, but my foot is almost completely normal. I still have a small feeling of bruising, but nothing like before. I predict that it will be completely normal & healed within the next few weeks.


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